Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Findings of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) on Maternal Health (2014-15) show a number of key challenges to improve outcomes for maternal and infant health in the borough:

  • A quarter of mothers book relatively late their first antenatal booking;
  • Percentage of mothers smoking in pregnancy and proportion of low birth weight babies has increased slightly if compared to London;
  • 13% of women attending their first antenatal booking have little or no understanding of the English language and nearly two thirds of women are subject to deprivation;
  • The birth rate for 15-17 year olds has increased;
  • Half of women having their babies at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust are overweight, obese or morbidly obese and 5% are diabetic;

Five key recommendations for commissioners were put forward including the integration with Best Start to provide seamless services for mothers with complex needs. For more information email
(From Health and Well Being Board meeting, 9th December 2015)