Protesters come together outside Arrowe Park Hospital to ‘March with Midwives’

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Midwives gathered outside a Merseyside hospital today as part of a major nationwide campaign to address the crisis in the sector.

Midwives and their supporters staged major protests across the UK in the hopes of raising awareness on the problems with the NHS service. Dozens held a protest outside Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, with campaigners were calling for the government to address the problems they are facing.

Campaigners say services across the UK are in a state of emergency, as the number of midwives leaving the workforce is growing every year. The March with Midwives campaign began as a grassroots project and they regularly update their social media with upcoming events.

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Despite the poor weather conditions, around 50 people stood firm outside the hospital in Wirral, holding signs that read: “Women are not broken, the system is.” Another read: “We’re going through a midwife crisis.”

Midwives and Health workers demonstration outside Arrowe Park Hospital

(Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

One young boy held a sign that simply said: “I love midwives.” Demonstrations were held in more than 30 towns and cities at 2pm on Sunday afternoon as midwives, health care professionals, parents and supporters came together to show their support.

The Royal College of Midwives is calling on the government to implement “urgent crisis management and resources” as they urge for immediate action. The RCM previously said : ” Not a day goes by that we don’t hear of a maternity service having to close temporarily, suspend services or divert women to other maternity units just because there simply aren’t enough midwives.

Midwives and Health workers demonstration outside Arrowe Park Hospital

(Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

“This can’t continue because we know it compromises safety and means women don’t always get the safe positive pregnancy and birth experience that they should.”

The campaign group says maternity services across the country are in a “state of emergency” due to “dangerously low staffing levels”, demands not being met, working conditions and pay. Since records began in 2009, the number of NHS midwives has fallen in England year on year leaving an “overworked and under-resourced workforce, putting women and birthing people in danger”.


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