“The pandemic has exposed the extent and the impact on care of this crumbling infrastructure.” Jon Skewes, Executive Director for External Relations at the RCM
There is concern that vital staff, including midwives and maternity support workers, will be redeployed to other areas.
“All maternity care providers need to put mental health on an equal footing with physical wellbeing.”
“We need to remove the barriers that cause negativity towards breastfeeding”
“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply abhorrent practice and a fundamental violation of the human rights of women and girls.”
“We are again increasing nursing and midwifery student intake, with more than 4,000 places available in 2019/20”
“Let us not forget that in England student midwives and nurses do not get any bursary at all, which makes this increase for Scotland even more progressive. “
Overweight Mothers-to-be and a Shortage of Staff puts Additional Pressures on Scotland’s Midwifery Service
Last year 51% of pregnant women were overweight or obese
“A baby box is a positive gift which signals that every baby is important and welcomed.” – Royal College of Midwives
The Royal College of Midwives have come out in support of Scotland’s Baby Box scheme and recommend that this is rolled out across the UK.
“This is a restatement of something the Scottish Government promised some time ago.”