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Pregnant women reassured as strike nears

As the proposed strike nears, the Midwifery Council reassures women who are pregnant that they will still receive the same high standard of midwifery care during the  action planned for July 5. 

Chief Executive/Registrar of the Midwifery Council, Sharron Cole says the safety of mothers and their babies is paramount for all the District Health Boards and each Board has its own contingency plans in place to cope during this time. “Midwives will be working with their nursing colleagues to mitigate any risk posed by staff shortages at time of the strike,” Ms Cole say. “Mothers can be reassured that high-quality care will be provided as normal by midwives in the delivery suite and postnatal care will still be available for all women and babies.”

“Our first priority is always the safety of mothers and babies as the Council is the regulatory body set up to protect the public by making sure midwives are competent and fit to practise. We advise all women to stay in close contact with their midwives so they can know what, if any, services will be affected in their area during the strike.”