Pregnant women to be offered £3,000 birth budget
During pregnancy, we all know that it is important to receive the right care that suits you best. Now the NHS in England will be offering pregnant women “personal budgets” worth at least £3,000 each so that they are able to have a better choice in the care they receive. It means that women will be able to pay for anything from one-to-one midwifery and home births to the use of birthing pools and hypnotherapy.
Many women complain that there is a lack of choice as to where they can give birth, with 9 out of 10 women still giving birth in hospital. Last year just 2% of pregnant women gave birth at home, but this could increase with the introduction of the personal budget.
The personal budget scheme is set to be rolled out in 2017 and will mean that mums to be can use the money on whichever NHS-accredited services they wish to.
We asked mums in the office what they thought of the concept. Here’s what they said:
“I was really pleased with my pregnancy care, but really I wouldn’t know where to start if I had to choose.”
“Having the option to choose may not be a bad thing but I prefer the idea that we can trust in the maternity care for all in the area.”
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