Campaign Action Sheet (April 2008) (PDF)
REVOLUTIONISING MATERNITY CARE IN THIS COUNTRY – HOW
TO DO IT!
The revolution starts here. If women want better maternity care they must start
demanding it and if midwives want to continue being seen as the ‘guardians of normal
birth’ they had better start guarding it!
How do we do it?
By joining forces and refusing to let outdated and discredited systems dictate how
healthy women have their babies:
- Spread the word: Take away the central message of this film and talk to anyone
and everyone about the issues it raises.
- Make connections: Link up with other women, with local groups, write to local
newspapers, meet with local midwives. Work out locally based strategies to
increase awareness. Demand the best for yourselves, your daughters and all
women having babies.
- Make a nuisance of yourself: Fill in the IMA postcards and send them to your
local PCT. Get everyone you know to do the same. Don’t be fobbed off with empty
rhetoric. Demand better care as a woman’s right in pregnancy. Insist that they
contract in the services of self-employed, autonomous independent midwives.
- Join the IMA’s e-campaign: Go to our website
www.saveindependentmidwifery.org and follow the links to ensure your MP is
aware of the issues and demand that he / she asks questions at the highest levels
as to why ‘one to one midwifery care’ is still not available to the majority of
If they are Labour MPs demand that they fulfil the promises of Maternity
Matters, the Manifesto and the National Service Framework (NSF) Maternity
Standard 11. If they are Opposition MPs get them to ask questions in Parliament
as to why this Government has so far failed to implement their promises.
REFUSE TO TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. REFUSE TO ACCEPT
EXCUSES. DEMAND BETTER CARE AS A WOMAN’S RIGHT!