Tens of thousands of new mothers a year are seeking help at an A&E unit or GP surgery because they cannot reach a midwife to ask them for advice, a new study has found.
Mothers worried about a problem with their own or their baby’s health are adding to the strain on family doctors, emergency departments and walk-in centres because of midwife shortages and because they have “nowhere else to go”, says the parenting charity the NCT – which undertook the research.
“It’s completely unacceptable that new mums have to get themselves to already fit-to-burst A&E departments,” said Elizabeth Duff, the NCT’s senior policy adviser. “The first weeks are challenging enough for parents without the added stress of waiting around for hours in casualty with their babies.”
Read more in The Guardian.