Midwifery needs help
LOVELY to read Brooke Vincent’s comments about her amazing midwife and the difference her support and expertise has made to Brooke as a new mum and to her family (MEN Monday, December 2).
Care for babies and families passes on to another team of highly specialist nurses – the health visitors, after 10 days, and I am sure Brooke will find them just as supportive and wise as her midwife.
We know now that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are absolutely crucial for healthy development, and by investing in services that support parents and babies we are building a healthier future for us all. Midwives and health visitors make a unique contribution to this.
If we are serious about valuing our childrens’ future we have to make a serious commitment to services like midwifery and the national Healthy Child Programme (which includes health visiting and school nursing).
This was underlined, on the very next page, in a letter entitled “Families need more support”. Signed by list of worthy organisations including the NSPCC, it calls for more government investment in the Healthy Child Programme.
Midwives and health visitors can’t go on delivering services without proper funding and recognition of their professional skills and the impact they have on individuals and our wider society.
Let’s make this a priority – and start by bringing back bursaries for nurse training. Sue Pounder, Ashton-under-Lyne