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Preconception, Pregnancy & Birth

Population Outcome: New and Unborn Babies in Suffolk and North East Essex Start Well

Health in preconception, healthy pregnancies, healthy births, healthy parents and a healthy first two years of life are essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to have a good start in life. High quality support delivered by compassionate, culturally competent professionals, is vital to achieving good health outcomes for babies and parents.


Barometer Measure

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Healthy Pregnancy Data

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Healthy Childbirth Data

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Inequalities in Pregnancy and Birth Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Georgetta's Story

Dental care in pregnancy


Maternity Care in Suffolk – Healthwatch Suffolk report

Patient experience of Maternity Services in Suffolk.

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Happiness, Heartbreak and Hope

Experiences of Fertility and Baby Loss in Suffolk

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Community Asset Mapping - Research document

Start Well - Children, Young People and Families

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Keeping me informed

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Published Evidence


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Gender and Sexual Minorities

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Parental Mental Health

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Baby Loss

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Further Reading

References & Further Reading

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Further Information

Useful Organisations


Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I have a healthy pregnancy and childbirthHealthy parents, a healthy pregnancy and healthy childbirth means we all the opportunity to have good health and wellbeing throughout life.

Identifying my needs early enables access to the right care and support to achieve good health and wellbeing.
I have high quality care and supportHigh quality, safe, compassionate care from health, care and community support services that understands my needs, and knows my family well, gives us the best chance of good health and wellbeing.
I benefit from my family having the right information and guidanceUnderstanding what will happen, my family’s choices, the support available, and when to seek help, means I can identify any needs early and can access the care and support I need.
I am treated as an individualTreating me and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means our care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardSensitive, supportive professionals who recognise my needs, believe me when I report pain or complications, give my family choice and control and advocate for us, means I have better health and wellbeing now and in later life.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce culturally and community-competent care which is delivered in partnership by health, social care and diverse community organisations.We will ensure families have full access to interpreting services.
We will ensure all staff are trained and committed to compassionate care, and will give the time needed to listen, explain and answer questions.We will co-produce high quality trauma-informed health and care services to support unborns, babies and their families.
We will involve families as equal partners in decisions about care.We will support children and families to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.
We will ensure information is not only available in the right formats for families but also contains the information they need to stay well and understand when to seek advice, support or healthcare.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies

In this section you will find some of the national and local strategies that have informed our ICS strategy, as well as the planning and delivery of health and care services across Suffolk and North East Essex.


Better Births


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Start Well



Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

NHS Trusts

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
ESNEFT Strategy 2019-24

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Strategic Plan 2023-28

Last Updated on 6 February 2024

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