What the Government says

On May 16th 2012 Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley pledged to improve maternity services by:
  • Making sure the investment in a record 5,000 midwives currently in training means that women will have one named midwife who will oversee their care during pregnancy and after they have had their baby
  • Making sure that investment also means that every women has one-to-one midwife care during labour and birth
  • Making sure that investment means parents-to-be will get the best choice about where and how they give birth. The Government wants to see more joined up working so women can choose from a full range of services, meaning that choices made are delivered within an integrated, flexible service

Great news, however, these pledges have been made before by previous Governments – we need to make sure they are honoured this time.