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Date:- 09 April 2007

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Putting mothers and babies first

FOR the 1st time, mothers-to-be will have a guarantee that the NHS will provide them with a full range of birthing choices - including home births - and a midwife they know and trust to care for them, said Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

'Maternity Matters' , the new maternity strategy, has been developed in close consultation with key professionals from the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, other royal colleges, and the voluntary sector.  The strategy sets out a new national choice guarantee. By the end of 2009, women will be able to have:

choice of how to access maternity care - women will be able to go directly to a midwife or via a doctor

choice of type of antenatal care - women will be able to choose between midwifery care or care led by both doctors and midwives

choice of place of birth - depending on their medical history and circumstances, women and their partners will be able to choose between home births, or giving birth in a midwifery unit or with
midwives and doctors in hospital

choice of place of postnatal care - women will be able to chose how and where to access postnatal care.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said:- "There is nothing more important for any family than bringing a new baby into the world.  We have carefully listened and will respond to what women and their families have told us they want from maternity services. We have also listened to the professionals, especially midwives and obstetricians, to ensure that the service will be safe. 'Maternity Matters' is the result of that process.

Our commitment is to deliver "
gold standard" maternity services for women. In practice, this will mean that care is designed around the needs of women and their partners from the very beginning of pregnancy through to providing much better and more personal post-natal care.  The new plan offers minimum guarantees about the level of services that women should expect and which will be used as levers to drive up standards across the country to the levels of the very best.

We know from a recent survey on maternity services that more than 4 out of 5 women described the staff that looked after them as "
supportive". We want to build on this so that women truly feel they have a world class standard of service offered to them during their whole pregnancy and that they feel supported, listened to and in control."

Professor Allan Templeton, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said:- "The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists welcomes the publication of Maternity Matters and sees this as an opportunity to bring back the spotlight to maternity care in this country. The College will do all it can to implement these recommendations and, through increasing consultant presence, help to ensure that mothers have a normal, safe and satisfying experience in pregnancy and delivery."

Dame Karlene Davis, General Secretary, Royal College of Midwives:- "I happily congratulate the Government for its commitment to this ambitious plan for maternity services.  We urgently need to turn the plans into reality. The hard work starts now as midwives and others translate this blueprint into real change for every woman. To make that happen, NHS decision-makers in every local area must deliver enough midwives and enough investment in maternity services - and they must make a start on that now."

Belinda Phipps, chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust, said:- "The NCT is delighted to see the emphasis on providing choice, especially choice of place of birth and direct access to a midwife.  This along with providing women with a midwife they know and trust will make it easier for all women to have the kind of care that will improve their chance of a normal birth, while making sure that medical services are available for the minority that need them. This marks a huge step forwards and gives much needed emphasis on emotional support and empowering parents during one of the most important events in their lives."


74% of us believe Britain is more dangerous now than it was 5 years ago. Despite Government claims that our chances of being a victim of crime are at their lowest for 25 years – as a nation we are more scared than ever. The fear survey, commissioned by Good Housekeeping magazine, revealed 53% of respondents have avoided a certain area or route, 39% refuse to go out alone after dark on foot, and 14% had to change their use of public transport because they felt unsafe.

30% of respondents now feel less safe in their neighbourhood than they did 5 years ago. And 39% have taken action such as changing their locks, installing a burglar alarm or refusing to stay in the house alone overnight because they felt vulnerable in their own home. 19% of those surveyed keep their windows shut at all times, even during the hot weather.  61% admit to feeling frightened being home alone at night and 14% claim to keep a weapon close by them when in bed. Of those 14% - 58% have a baseball/cricket bat, 11% a knife and 7% a gun.  48% of those surveyed have felt threatened on the street and a staggering 16% have been verbally attacked by a stranger, 3% have been physically attacked in the last 5 years.

Louise Chunn, Editor, Good Housekeeping magazine comments:- “The results of our survey are both worrying and desperately sad. Everybody has the right to feel safe in their own home and neighbourhood. Maybe the Government are right and our chances of being the victim of crime are at a 25 year low, but this statistic is unlikely to ring true with the many people who have felt threatened on the street, forced to avoid certain areas, or frightened into keeping a weapon by their bed. There is clearly a rising culture of fear in our society and this needs to be addressed.”

Nick Herbert MP, Shadow Minister for Police and Reform comments:- “The survey shows that crime is endemic in our country and people no longer feel safe. We need tough enforcement from police on our streets, not more bureaucracy. We need prison places and sentences that last for the specified term. Above all, we need a new political approach that says that crime is too high – and something can be done about it.”

Tony McNulty MP, Home Office Minister for Police and Security comments:- “Public protection is our top priority. People should feel safer – there are 6 million fewer crimes now than in 1997. The risk of being a victim is historically low.”

Respondents were also asked what fills them with the most fear on a daily basis, 38% admitted this was terrorism, 34% said burglary was their biggest fear and 23% being attacked on the street.  41% of respondents believe parents are responsible for Britain being more dangerous, by not setting a good example. 35% blame the Government for not taking a tougher stance on criminals and 10% believe both the Government and parents are the cause.

The survey was completed by 2,000 respondents. 

Charity Orrgan Recital

THE Formby Church, St Luke’s will be holding a charity organ recital. The church is near Shorrocks Hill Country Club and is set in the Formby Pinewoods. The event will take place at 4.00pm Sunday on 20 May 2007. Admission is free, but a retiring collection to help the poor in Shyira, Rwanda and Santa Domingo, Ecuador will be taken. The event will feature, David Holroyd, who is the organist St Luke, Formby. He is also the Director of Music, Merchant Taylors’ School and the Former Assistant Organist, Chester Cathedral. He will be supported by Richard Lea, Organist & Deputy Director of Music, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Both will be playing 65 stop, ( three 32ft ) 3 manual on a Phoenix Computer Organ. The Church will be open from 2.00pm with light refreshments on sale and opportunity to play the instrument.

Lunchtime Recitals 2007

THE Parish Church Of St Faith, Great Crosby are holding Lunchtime Recitals from 12 noon for around half an hour. The events are free, but donations are gratefully accepted towards the expenses and church fabric costs. Full program of events can be seen on the church website at The first of the 2007 recitals will take place on 21 April 2007. The church will be open on concert days from 11am and 1pm for light refreshments that will be on sale.

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