The University of Stirling project will create a package of best practice designed to help local health authorities adapt and improve services.
Dr Helen Cheyne of the University of Stirling’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health said: ‘Maternity services are currently challenged to provide postnatal care that meets the needs of women and families in a climate of financial constraints.’
She added that the wellbeing of mothers, babies and young children is of ‘central importance’ to the health of the nation.
The project, jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the Royal College of Midwives, will be piloted in Scotland before being made available throughout the UK.
It will be launched at the University of Stirling’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health on 20 May.