Fit for and during pregnancy: A key role for local government

Whether it is supporting stopping smoking, encouraging healthy eating, protecting good mental health, or delivering universal or targeted health visiting services or simply working closely with the NHS - councils have a significant role to play.

It is easy to think responsibility for the health of pregnant women and infants lies with the NHS because of its role in delivering maternity and neonatal care. But the influence of local government through its public health role and wider responsibilities is huge.

In this report, you will find examples of health visitors, family workers, midwives, social care and children’s centres staff helping families through this vital period as well as areas experimenting with a new local government role of consultant public health midwife.

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