Having a midwife by your side during labour and birth makes all the difference to your birth experience, and greatly increases the chances of a safe, healthy delivery. But many mums aren’t getting the support they need due to overstretched midwife services.
Despite pre-election promises to increase the number of midwives, David Cameron has failed to deliver, says the Royal College of Midwives. The Prime Minister promised to provide funding for 3,000 extra midwives, but it seems this pledge has been abandoned since the Coalition came into power.
Cathy Warwick, of the Royal College of Midwives, says the service is at ‘cracking point’. Birth rates between 2001 and 2009 increased by 20% while the number of midwives increased by 12%.
“Before the election, both David Cameron and Nick Clegg pledged more midwives. David Cameron stressed the importance to mothers and said that if he was in power, he would give us 3,000 more midwives,” said Cathy recently in BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“But following a meeting with Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health, we understand the Government is clearly not prepared to fulfil that commitment.”