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Call the Midwife – Labour will guarantee one-to-one maternity care for every woman during labour and birth

Labour is today publishing its Health Manifesto which will put personalised care at its heart.

The manifesto will include a new ‘Call the Midwife’ pledge which will see: 

  • Guaranteed personalised one-to-one care from a midwife for every woman during labour and childbirth  
  • This guarantee will enshrined in the NHS constitution 
  • A plan to make this guarantee a reality by providing 3,000 new midwives, through our fully-funded £2.5bn Time to Care Fund. 

Ed Miliband said:  

“When our two sons were born we received brilliant care from NHS midwives. I know how important this is for mothers, for babies – and for fathers too – at this special but nerve-wracking time for families. 

“But too often staff shortages in the NHS means nurses, doctors and midwives feel they don’t have the time to offer the care that they want  - and families need.   

‘Call the midwife’ shouldn’t just be a TV programme from the past but part of our NHS future too. We need to ensure the NHS can offer every woman the personalised one-to-one care we expect from a modern and thriving health service.   

“Our fully-funded plan will provide the extra staff including midwives needed to give them the time to care. Because it is time to care for our NHS.”

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