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A former UK midwife reveals how understaffed wards are sinking into chaos

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    ........Welcome to the modern NHS maternity ward. A world of shoddy practice, poor hygiene standards and a shocking disregard for patients' individual needs.

    When I read about newly qualified midwife Theresa Naish, who hanged herself in January after a premature baby died on her shift, I couldn't help wondering if she, too, was a victim of the over-worked and under-resourced labour wards I have experienced.

    Her father Thomas told the inquest into her death: 'Like all NHS staff, she was over-worked, doing too many hours in a department that was understaffed.'.

    .........Driven by targets and mired in red tape, our NHS maternity wards are becoming baby-producing factories where mothers' needs come very low on the agenda.

    The quicker midwives turn out babies, the more successful everyone tells us that we are. We might as well be producing sausages. It's utter madness....

    ........But in terms of the normal care through labour, that was all down to the midwives.

    Although we were under huge stress even back in 1995, current cutbacks mean fewer and fewer midwives are caring for more and more women.

    No wonder new mothers are encouraged to leave hospital just hours after giving birth......

    ........In the 13 years since I joined the NHS, conditions have deteriorated. Starting from the moment they arrive through the hospital doors, birth plans tucked neatly in their overnight bags, women are being betrayed.....

    ....I also get very angry when I hear NHS authorities extolling the virtues of breastfeeding.

    ....According to the NHS website, it's the 'best start in life'. I couldn't agree more. But the truth is that breastfeeding rates are plummeting in the hospitals I've worked in. The reason is simple. Midwives don't have the time to spend helping mothers to feed properly........

    ........It's physically impossible, particularly as we are encouraged to rush women home as soon as they are on their feet.

    It's to save money, but it does at least reduce the risk of the new mums and their babies picking up an infection.

    It's no news that hospitals are often dirty. By the time I left, I was almost inured to the filth around me.

    With so many women and too little time, it was impossible to keep the wards spotless.

    I regularly found myself wiping off blood which had been missed by the cleaners in their rush.

    It's a huge relief to have left the NHS. As an independent midwife in Northwich, Cheshire, I am finally able to help women the way they deserve.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ernity-wards-sinking-chaos.html#ixzz0ZoTxVZUQ
  2. donnA

    donnA New Member

    Aug 10, 2000
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    government run health care
  3. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

    Dec 30, 2000
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    I agree that we don't need this type of healthcare.

    That story is a bad example though. Birth isn't an illness, and women don't have to rush to the hospital for it. If more people would realize that, the caregiver would have much more time to attend to the needs of those with true medical needs during delivery.

    When midwives are forced to work underground for fear of being prosecuted, something is very wrong. When vaccinations are required....yeah, something is wrong. Such as we already DO have a form of government healthcare, perhaps? This is just them taking the final steps to take complete control. Did anyone really think they'd stop before this?

    Ya give anyone power, they're gonna want more. It's a natural response, whether you're dealing with it at the bottom or the top. Who works as a McDonald's cashier and doesn't really want to be a manager? Who works as a mayor and doesn't want to be a senator? Who partially controls healthcare and doesn't want to control all of it?
  4. Carl B

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    Nov 8, 2003
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    Couldn't have said it better myself... :)