Child­birth dan­gers

Scottish Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner -

AS a re­tired GP and mother of five, I am hor­ri­fied at the re­ports of deaths of mothers and ba­bies (Mail).

Child­birth has al­ways been fraught with dan­ger, and the way through it used to be with the care of an ex­pe­ri­enced mid­wife and doc­tor team. The mod­ern mid­wife has had no gen­eral nurs­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Aged 21, she has a de­gree in mid­wifery. In the past, a fully qual­i­fied State Reg­is­tered Nurse would choose to go for­ward for fur­ther train­ing as a mid­wife. That ex­pe­ri­ence is in­valu­able. Some­times it’s prof­itable to look back­wards in or­der to make progress.

Dr OLIVE DUDDY, Bury, Gtr Manch­ester.

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