Running a parent-led MSLC is a challenging, time consuming business. Planning the meetings, tackling the issues and supporting parents could be a full time job. Yet most, if not all, MSLC lay chairs are part time volunteers with an intense passion for all things birth. In this current climate of cutbacks, our passion drives us to ensure the issues around maternity care stay firmly on the wider agenda. Our collective voice must be louder than ever.
In Brighton and Hove, the wonderful midwives work hard to provide safe care with the available resources – but there are simply not enough midwives to go around. What can we do as an MSLC to influence those who hold the purse strings to invest in midwifery staff ? We’re currently deliberating the most effective course of action and will share our plan with you.
But one thing is for certain – WOMEN NEED MIDWIVES NEED WOMEN. As an MSLC we will keep pushing for adequate numbers of midwives – to support women to have empowering births – and to create a rewarding working environment for the midwifery team.