The key objectives and benefits of the programme are based on access, quality and value as with other National Clinical Programmes. These include:


  • To maintain the low national maternal and perinatal mortality rates.
  • Stop the rate of increase of caesarean sections in first time mothers.
  • To develop and disseminate national guidelines.


  • Increase the number of patients attending for antenatal care for early pregnancy.
  • To improve choice by developing and delivering new models of maternity care.


  • To reduce the number and cost of medical negligence cases in obstetrics.
  • To reduce the medication costs in obstetrics and gynaecology.