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Women’s health and midwifery
Analysis on the quality and safety of care in relation to neonatal outcomes in alongside midwifery units is reassuring, identifying that specific maternal risk factors have highest predictive value in assessing risk
  1. Lisa Stephens1,
  2. Lucy Hope2
  1. 1 University of Worcester, Worcester, UK
  2. 2 Midwifery and CPD, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lisa Stephens, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK; lisa.stephens10{at}

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Commentary on: Rowe R, Soe A, Knight M, Kurinczuk JJ; UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS). Neonatal admission and mortality in babies born in UK alongside midwifery units: a national population-based case-control study using the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS). Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2021 Mar;106(2):194–203. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-319099

Implications for practice and research

  • Enhance antenatal counselling and care planning for women with additional care needs who birth in alongside midwifery units (AMU).

  • Qualitative analysis of midwifery working practices and multiagency communication in decision making on referral to obstetric care in AMU.


Consequences of unexpected term admissions to a neonatal unit and stillbirth/neonatal death can have a devastating impact on families. Information generated by national audit tools1 enable collection of high-quality data to contribute to actions leading to quality care. Nationally recognised maternity tools and audits highlight the value and professional motivation to inform and influence safety in this area. This UK study has added value to the evidence …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.