Maternity Care

Why Midwives Are Set to Strike This Monday

Cathy Warwick | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Midwives saw their pay frozen back in 2011, frozen again in 2012, before it rose 1% in 2013. If the typical midwife's pay had risen in line with prices since 2010, she or he would be paid over £4,000 more per year than they're actually getting. Despite that deep fall in their standard of living, what midwives and others are asking for to resolve this dispute is not a king's ransom; they are asking for just a 1% rise.

Women Rate the Quality of NHS Maternity Care

Dr Dan Poulter | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Dan Poulter

Since our Prime Minister David Cameron introduced it last year for hospital patients, we have had instant feedback from over 1.3million people - and there is clear evidence our NHS is responding well.

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Toni Harman | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and well-being of millions of women around the world. That cause is human rights in childbirth.

Quality Of Maternity Care During Childbirth Varies Widely Across England, Warn Experts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Many expectant mothers are not getting the best possible care during childbirth, experts said after research showed wide variations in maternity care ...

Is the Government Waking up to Midwife Shortage?

Cathy Warwick | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

Our number-crunching, for the year 2011, suggests that England is short of as many as 5,000 midwives. Progress on midwife numbers since the turn of the century reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I just hope that, as in the case of that fable, the tortoise ends up winning.

Why Mothers Can Have It All (But Not All At Once)

Nicola Elliott | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Elliott

Downtime?! Did he mean one of the few spare milliseconds when I tried to squeeze in having a wee - or, on the really good days, indulge in some glamorous pampering like actually managing to brush my teeth?

Fears Over Maternity Care 'Shortfalls' Despite Government Pledges

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Concerns over the state of maternity care in the UK have arisen after data showed women were mostly unsatisfied with their care despite Government ple...

NHS Trust Signs First Private Maternity Care Contract

PA | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK

An NHS trust has become the first in the country to sign a contract with a private company to provide maternity care. NHS Wirral has made a deal...

Mums and Midwives Get Older as Births Keep Booming

Cathy Warwick | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Warwick

Mums are getting older. The number of births to women (and girls) under 20 is down in all four parts of the UK. In Scotland there are now fewer births to teenage mums than in any year since 1952.

Maternity Ward Threatened With Closure Following Baby Deaths

PA | Posted 10.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A maternity ward at the centre of a police investigation over a "number" of baby deaths could be forced to close if it does not m...