YEP Says, April 18: Expectant mums deserve better standard of care

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PREGNANCY can be a worrying – even traumatic – time. The fear that something could go wrong often makes what should be a joyful experience a period of stress and uncertainty.

PREGNANCY can be a worrying – even traumatic – time. The fear that something could go wrong often makes what should be a joyful experience a period of stress and uncertainty.

In cases such as that of Caroline Worsley, what adds to the discomfort is the fear that the care and attention you will receive during the birth won’t be up to standard because of a previous bad experience.

But where she and many other Leeds mums could previously opt to use the One to One service offered as an alternative to the NHS, this option is now being withdrawn.

The move will understandably cause concern – not least because the service offered support from the same midwife throughout pregnancy and birth, giving great reassurance.

In contrast, three-quarters of women who have their babies solely within the NHS had not previously met any of the staff who cared for them during the birth.

The fact that the One to One service is still available in other parts of the country also adds to the sense of injustice.

While there is a need to save money within local NHS trusts, this should not be at the expense of expectant mothers’ stress levels.

This decision means there is now an even greater onus on maternity services in Leeds to provide the consistency of care and staff women deserve during pregnancy and birth.

We can be heroes, just for one day

GREAT things can be achieved in 24 hours – and that’s what the first ever Just One Day event in Leeds aims to prove.

The idea is to get everyone – individuals, schools, companies big and small – to do something, anything, to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity to help people in need across Leeds.

There’s a week to go until the big city-wide fundraiser, so it’s not too late to organise your own event to support it, whether it be a non-uniform day or a cake sale at work.

All the money raised will stay in Leeds, going to those who are most in need of it. So do your bit and make Just One Day a big success.

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