Mid­wifery needs help

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

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

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