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Vigil to be held in King's Lynn for midwifery crisis



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The nationa organisation March with Midwives are organising a vigil in Lynn.

The organisation has said that "midwifery in the UK is in crisis" and that giving birth in the country is "critically unsafe".

The vigil will take place in The Walks on November 21, at 2pm.

Midwifes are working 20-hour shifts at a scandal-hit hospital Picture: Canva/Getty/gorodenkoff (52267772)
Midwifes are working 20-hour shifts at a scandal-hit hospital Picture: Canva/Getty/gorodenkoff (52267772)

The steering committe organising the national action has said: "Parents are reporting bullying and coercion. Threats are used to ensure compliance. Unnecessary medical interventions are at epidemic levels.

"Conversely, concerns are being missed and intervention made too late - much of this due to

staffing problems. 2021 has seen maternity services become critically unsafe for staff and users.

"Black women have a four times higher risk and Asian women a two times higher risk of dying in pregnancy

than white women and are more likely to die during the childbearing year 1

."Women living in the most deprived areas are almost three times more likely to die than those

who live in the most affluent areas.

"A recent RCM survey of midwives found 60 per cent of staff are thinking of leaving the profession.

"For every 30 newly qualified midwives, 29 are leaving."

At 2pm on the 21st, groups of local supporters will gather in every town with a maternity unit in the UK to ask the government to:

● LISTEN to all staff and service users and their advocates

● FUND emergency retention of staff

● ENABLE all qualified midwives who are willing to work and support students to

enter training and finish their courses

● REDUCE the demands on staff



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