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'Safe staffing saves lives' March For Midwives head to The Walks in King's Lynn



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"Give me time to care" was the message written on one sign held by a midwife as she stood in The Walks in Lynn.

Around 50 people, including midwives from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, came to The Walks yesterday to support March For Midwives in their national effort to raise awareness of the midwifery 'crisis'.

Paula Cleary,45, is an activist on the campaign and a practising doula.

March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212279)
March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212279)

Ms Cleary, who is a mother of five, had just come from a 36 hour birth to lead the march.

She said: "I was exhausted, and the birth took from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon."

This didn't stop Ms Cleary, who received hugs from her fellow midwives and doulas.

March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212281)
March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212281)

A few had recently left the profession as they felt "broken from it".

Ms Cleary said: "Parents, midwives and doulas all standing together was a powerful and memorable experience, maybe we really can move mountains."

Despite the serious implication of the campaign which claims the state of UK midwifery is "in crisis" Ms Cleary said the mood was "positive and family friendly."

March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212280)
March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212280)

She said: "People agree that the staffing crisis has midwives on their knees, and can be dangerous for service users."

72 vigils happened across the UK yesterday in a bid to get 100,000 signatures on a petition started by Cheryl Samuels.

The petition, seeks urgent government investment into maternity services to solve the staffing crisis.

March for Midwives will go to London next month to deliver it to parliament.

To sign the petition go to change.org.

March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212282)
March With Midwives Campaign at The Walks. (53212282)


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