I see that the NHS’ shortage of midwives is in the news once more. The Royal College of Midwives, with Bounty, has conducted a survey into the effects of the shortages, and the results are hardly surprising. Over a quarter of women who were asked, said that they felt their midwife was unable to give them the care they deserved at the time they needed it most. This doesn’t mean that the midwives were not doing a fantastic job. It’s just that they were unable to stretch themselves in all directions at once to deal appropriately for the women in their care.
I’ve been here before on Ghostwritermummy. Last year I spoke to the BBC about the shortage of midwives in the NHS in England. I signed an e-petition calling for more midwives. I blogged about it. I actually took some stick over this whole issue, but that doesn’t mean I will stop caring.
We need more midwives.
Women need to feel cared for.
Women and babies need to be safe.
Women should NOT feel let down.
The care I received whilst in hospital having my son was, mostly, good. At times though, midwives were pretty thin on the ground and I know this had an affect- on both my confidence in the hospital as a whole, and on events that actually happened.
More midwives would have meant that I would not have been left to labour, alone, for hours with no monitoring or pain relief.
More midwives would have meant the chance to talk to someone about how scared I was and to have that someone care about the outcome of my fears.
More midwives would have meant that I would not have had to beg for an examination so that I could receive pain relief on the delivery suite.
More midwives would have meant that I would not have had to ask for my bed to be rid of it’s bloody sheets time and time again; more midwives would have meant this was done when I first asked.
More midwives would have meant that I would not have had to buzz for assistance each time my baby cried and I would not have had to wait up to 10 minutes to be able to pick him up.
More midwives would have meant someone being able to give the time to talk through my birth with me before I was discharged; perhaps I would have been able to make some sense of it all?
More midwives will mean less women feel let down by their maternity care.
Please sign the petition to get more midwives. The ones we have do a fantastic job but they are struggling to meet the needs of us all.