This article discusses the implications of new evidence from recently published research on maternity services across England. The Birthplace in England Research Programme was commissioned in 2007 to address key gaps in the evidence and inform those who plan, deliver, and use maternity
services. These included the pattern of current services and availability of different models of care; the ways in which maternal and infant outcomes differ between settings; their comparative cost-effectiveness; and the organizational features of maternity care systems that might affect the
quality and safety of care.
The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.