- 2012 National Women's Conference
- 28 September 2011
In Britain we are worried about the attacks on the NHS and the effect on the ratio of midwives to expectant mothers. This results in the worry of whether the experience will be more painful than is necessary and whether there will be any side effects on the baby.
In Africa women are worried that when they go into hospital to have their baby whether they will survive the experience.
UN millennium targets, which should be delivered by 2015, has at number five – improving maternity health. This target is currently showing the least improvement even though it would also deliver improvements to targets one to four and six.
For approximately the price of a postage stamp literally hundreds of thousands of women a year could be saved.
Conference calls on the National Women’s Committee to:
1)Work with and build links between all appropriate bodies and agencies such as Life for African Mothers.
2)Encourage Regions and Branches to donate baby bundles and/or money to Life for African Mothers.
3)Encourage UNISON Representatives to visit Africa with Life for African Mothers (£1,500 per person approximately).
4)Encourage women who work in health and social care to visit Africa as part of their personal and professional development with one of the agencies.
5)Start a campaign to move maternity facilities at home and abroad up the political agenda.