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Majority of mothers not offered choice on where to give birth

Majority of mothers not offered choice on where to give birth

A quarter of women do not have a midwife with them in labour or when they need them, it is claimed.
A poll of over 1600 recent mothers by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) also found around a fifth (21%) were not offered a choice over where to give birth.

Over a quarter (27%) also felt that their midwives were not able to give the time required ensure the mothers-to-be fully understood what was happening, with 22% claiming they did not know their midwife ‘very well’ or ‘not at all well’ during their pregnancy.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the RCM, renewed her call for 5,000 more midwives in the NHS.

“The responses show that there is still a lot to do to ensure all women get an excellent service,” she said.
“One of the biggest challenges is to ensure women know their midwife well. If women have a named midwife they trust and can contact readily their satisfaction with services in general tends to be higher.’
“We are nearly two decades on from the ground-breaking report ‘Changing Childbirth’ which said all women should get a choice of place of birth. This is still, today, not happening.
“The key to this is to increase the number of midwives.”


the problem is that midwives are being stretched to the absolute limit in terms of caring for women with many having to care for multiple women during labour - which has resulted in women giving birth alone. Midwives require the support of their colleagues but unfortunately in some areas the support is simply not there. a case recently heard at the NMC was told by the defendant that she had been the victim of persistant bullying for many years by a senior midwife - surely this area is in need of addressing so that midwives are not afraid to ask for help for fear of possible repercussions. the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby is paramount.

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