There's been a huge shake-up of maternity services in Greater Manchester which could be extended to other parts of the region.
A hundred million pounds has been spent on new buildings and equipment, with maternity services being concentrated on eight hospitals, with specialist staff.
Health officials say it will be safer. But the new so-called supercentres are controversial, not least.
because it's meant the closure of four local maternity units. Here's Mel Barham with the first of our special reports.
1 in 7 couples will struggle to conceive. At the Hewitt centre in Liverpool, they're leading the way, with the high IVF pregnancy rates.
One in 4 women will lose a baby, while one in 5 pregnancies will end in miscarriage - yet it remains a taboo subject. Mel Barham reports