NHS to Offer Women their Own Birth Budgets

The NHS in England is to offer pregnant women their own “personal budgets”, worth at least £3,000, so they can pick and choose the care they receive.

Women will be able to use it to pay for anything from one-to-one midwifery care to home births in pilots due to start later this year.

The move is part of a shake-up in maternity care unveiled by NHS England to increase the choices women have.

The overhaul is also aimed at improving safety in maternity services.

It has been agreed to on the basis of recommendations from an independent review of services.

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