Midwives 'offer so many benefits to new mothers'

16 May 2012

A dedicated midwife can go a long way when it comes to women coping with their pregnancy and early stages of motherhood.

This is the opinion of Annie Francis, chief executive of Neighbourhood Midwives, who believes that there are many benefits that only a midwife can offer a mum-to-be.

Neighbourhood Midwives is a local midwifery service which is funded by the NHS and aims to assist women through every step of their pregnancy, as well as helping mothers make their first few weeks and months with their newborn baby an enjoyable occasion.

Ms Francis explained to the Daily Telegraph that a dedicated midwife can also help in that "actual outcomes, it's a much higher normal birth rate, lower Caesarean section rate, higher breast feeding, so there's all sort of benefits, but the woman at the end really has enjoyed it much more as a process".

Her comments come soon after the government announced plans for mothers in the UK to get one-to-one care during labour and birth, in an attempt to fight postnatal depression across the country.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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