Views de­liv­ered at mid­wifery talks

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A hospi­tal trust has held its fifth mid­wifery con­fer­ence in Maid­stone.

About 120 peo­ple met at Maid­stone and Tun­bridge Wells NHS Trust’s (MTW) Her­mitage Lane site on Satur­day, March 4 to hear speak­ers in­clud­ing Baroness Cum­ber­lege, chair­man of the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Re­view and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Royal Col- lege of Mid­wives Cathy War­wick. MTW pro­vides the ma­jor­ity of ma­ter­nity ser­vices in west Kent which were re­cently rated as the only “top-per­form­ing” ma­ter­nity ser­vice by NHS Eng­land.

How­ever the trust courted con­tro­versy when it emerged high risk preg­nant women would have to travel miles fur­ther away af­ter the ma­ter­nity day unit was closed in Maid­stone. Baroness Cum­ber­lege talked about im­ple­ment­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Re­view and Cathy War­wick dis­cussed her vi­sion for mid­wifery by 2020.

MTW mid­wives shared their ex­pe­ri­ences of putting com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies into prac­tice and a group of stu­dent mid­wives gave a pre­sen­ta­tion.

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