Please reinstate Neighbourhood Midwives

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Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review, set out a vision for maternity services in England which are safe and personalised; that put the needs of the women, her baby and family at the heart of care; with staff who are supported to deliver high quality care which is continuously improving. At the heart of this vision is the idea that women should
have continuity of the person looking after them during their maternity journey, before, during and after the birth.

This continuity of care and relationship between care giver and receiver has been proven to lead to better outcomes and safety for the woman and baby, as well as offering a more positive and personal experience; and was the single biggest request of women of their services that was heard during the Review.

Better Births found that some women were receiving this care, and recommended that the NHS in England should roll out continuity of carer to a much greater number of women. 

Countless research has proven that women are less likely to experience preterm birth with continuity of carer, and they are also at a lower risk of losing their babies. Despite this commissioners have not provided adequate support to ensure this service is sustained

They have left over 300 women without their named midwife and forced to add even more pressure to the NHS and most importantly the WOMEN and their families to transfer care. Some already due. And some already planning homebirth which now cannot be ensured. 

How can we promise our community that we are trying our best to ensure continuity when we close the door to a service with exemplary outcomes for both mother and baby? This is not ok. We are not going to let this happen. 

If nothing else. Listen to the families themselves. 

“She gave us confidence"

“Tina was on hand throughout my pregnancy”

“We're very grateful that we can look back on the whole experience with such joy and positivity”

“As a father I felt Rene helped me to be involved in the birth"


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