Improving Maternity Care for Improving Mothers

Increased numbers of mothers are acting on healthy living messages during pregnancy, a new study published on February 19 has revealed.

The Growing up in Scotland (GUS) study – undertaken by ScotCen Social Research – looks at life as a 10 month old child in Scotland in 2011.

Some of the main findings included more mothers avoiding alcohol completely compared with six months previous; 85 per cent of parent said their employer had at least one family friendly policy; and increased numbers of parents regularly read to their children.

In light of the findings, the Scottish Government is providing significant investment to drive further improvements in the Early Years through the Children and Young People Bill, the Family Nurse Partnership and the Early Years collaborative.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said, “This study shows progress and provides us with the unique evidence we need to help make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. We are doing all we can to make sure our children get the best possible start in life and we are clear that  much more could be achieved with full fiscal powers.”

Campbell revealed that the Scottish Government has invested £18 million to support families through the Early Years Change Fund and an additional £11 million which will next year help treble the capacity of the Family Nurse Partnership to support first time mothers.

Improvements to maternity care will be delivered through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme – beginning in March this year and aiming to reduce inequalities and deliver care that meet individual needs.

Campbell also added, “We recognise the challenges faced by families across Scotland. That’s why we are legislating to increase to 600 hours the level of early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds and looked after 2 year olds through the Children and Young People Bill. We have also invested £4.5 million to support local solutions to family support and child care.”


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