The workforce planning system; Birthrate Plus® (Ball and Washbrook 1996) is based upon:

  • The principle of one to one care in labour and delivery cited as the standard of care in several government reports (Short 1980, Winterton1992, Cumberlege 1993)
  • A classification for intrapartum care which uses clinical indicators to assess the level of need of both mother and baby
  • Collecting real time data on the length of time a woman required care during labour and delivery and an addition of extra midwife time for those with a high level of need/ intervention or emergency.
Birthrate Plus has also been implemented in non NHS services in the Channel Islands and in Southern Ireland, and more recently in Australia.

Follow us on Twitter

  • RT @nicolettepeel: #rcmconf16 @MarieWashbrook reminding us background of Birthrate Plus.

  • What are you using to assess the midwifery staffing levels needed in your service? How are you using this to meet user demand? @MidwivesRCM

  • RT @tommyNtour: @theRCN Honored to be on the shortlist

    for Kate Granger Awards 2016. #KGAwards16