Rising birth rate
Increased complex births
94% of women rated their care during labour and birth as positive
Women being left alone
1/3 traumatised partly due to lack of support.
Lack of support is important factor in C-section choice.
Women treated with respect/offered support/tailored info to concerns = v. few will choose c-section unless health reasons.
25% of births = c-sections
Not enough staff to meet welfare needs/ ensure safety leads to:
women getting less choice in how / where they give birth - 747 women turned away due to full capacity/staffing problems and having to reject home births
Left alone for long periods on time
Long delays when being transferred to labour ward/theatre
Don't recieve pain relief when required/requested
Recieve inadequate postnatal care inc. breastfeeding
42% of 1st time mothers never/only sometimes had enough midwives after birth
Problems with staffing
1 for every 28, some places = over 30
Cathy Warwick: once critical shortfalls are reached, maternity services wont be safe'.
Worlwide lacking 350000, 3.6 million deaths avoided
staff from ante/postnatal wards taken for labour ward leaving them shortstaffed
bank/part time dont know hospital/are exhausted
Ban on independent midwives due to lack of professional liaibilty insurance
Budget cuts suggest inevitable cuts to staffing.
retirement in 5-10 years
unis = forced redundancies/mergers=less places