We need to take the fear out of birth. More midwives would help. Midwives who want to be with women, not with piles of paper and computer screens. More midwives to be there to support birthing mothers. More midwives to ensure that the ones we have in place don't burn out because of the heavy work load. Not more machines, not more hi-tech gadgets that do all but make a cup of tea. More midwives.
We need more midwives because we want women to believe in the ability of their bodies to give birth. We need more midwives because we want our daughters to be able to birth our grandchildren in a place of safety, be that at home or in hospital.
We want the promise of more midwives to be kept. Not a number crunching exercise, but a respecting of women's rights to birth their babies. We need more midwives because we believe in the lives of the mothers and the babies. This isn't about them, this is about us!
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