Women need midwives need women

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.

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2 thoughts on “Women need midwives need women

  1. Thanks for all of you hard work Hannah. We will continue our support and hope that the powers that be within the NHS locally and nationally as well as government bodies are listening. The whole NHS is at crisis point and ever increasing numbers of demands such as increase in birth numbers cannot be sustained indefinitely. I am going to be controversial here and as an ex NHS employee have seen many policies come and go without making much progress it would seem. Perhaps the time has come for the NHS to consider options of prioritising what screening tests are really required and what are optional and can be charged for not just in pregnancy but in all services. Perhaps those of us who can afford to pay for a smear test etc should. The NHS was supposed to be free at the point of service for sick people and for maternity, so perhaps over screening of healthy populations is not the best use of resources. For those of us and I include myself here (I earn less than that national average wage per year having left the NHS recently myself after 25years) perhaps we can contribute to our own well being more and a sliding scale of charges apply in line with earnings, for certain non-essential health checks? Also health education to prevent obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse is something that should be paid perhaps from educational budgets and not from the NHS’s dwindling purse strings. I think as a nation we need a reality check into the true financial situation facing us all and see what we can all do to help. A HUGE mind-shift is needed away from “I what I am entitled to” perhaps to “I want what is realistic”?
    Onwards and upwards always!

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