I have already written more than enough on here about DorkySon’s birth, and how different the experience was to the one I had imagined and hoped for. There is no need to go over all of that again.
But I’m very pleased to have my blog as a space to mention a campaign that has recently been launched – A Midwife For Me – which I think is doing a lot to address some of the issues I encountered.
One of the biggest problems with the system in the UK is the lack of continuity of care during pregnancy and birth. Only 1 in 5 women will be attended at any point during their labour by a midwife they have met before. Of course, medical notes will be shared, and information will be passed along, but that is no substitute for having a midwife present at your birth who already knows you and your family.
At a moment as important as giving birth, when you may well be feeling extremely vulnerable, imagine how much easier it could be if you were cared for by someone you already trusted and felt comfortable with; someone you’d already spent 9 months getting to know, rather than someone you met five minutes ago.
That is what A Midwife For Me is calling for.
“We want every woman to have a midwife who she can get to know and trust, who can support her through her pregnancy, birth and beyond, regardless of her circumstances or where her baby is to be born.”
The campaign has been established by an extraordinary collection of existing organisations – Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS), Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), Independent Midwives UK (IM UK), National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and The Birth I Want. It is also being supported by a further 14 organisations who have pledged their support for the campaign Manifesto, and that number is growing all the time.
Now, to add even greater pressure for change, A Midwife For Me is asking for individuals to sign up and show their support for the aims of the campaign.
I am delighted to be adding my name to that list of individual supporters.
If you’d like to do the same – or if you want to read more about the campaign before you decide – please check out A Midwife for Me’s website here.