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Trowbridge Maternity Unit threatened by Tory cuts

March 10, 2017 9:10 PM

A message from our Trowbridge correspondent:

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There are grave concerns that the Trowbridge Birthing Unit may be under threat.

Trowbridge Birthing Unit delivers more babies than any other locally, aside from the much larger Princess Anne unit.

Pregnancy and childbirth is not a disease, it is a natural process. Hospital care in the vast majority of cases is not needed.

Birthing units are the cost effective option. Closing such a unit would not only be a retrograde step, it would be a waste of money. The Scottish Executive Expert Group on Acute Maternity Services reported that a Scottish maternity service based on doctor delivery in hospitals was too expensive and that midwife-led units were much more cost effective.

That report actually commended Trowbridge Hospital Maternity services for their pioneering work!

The Option Appraisal Report on Maternity Services in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire recommended that "units such as Trowbridge birth centre...seem to have much to offer for women, midwives and care providers...The Trust should further explore the Trowbridge model and look at the benefits of using birth centres"

Midwife led care is cost effective and provided locally is the most efficient, user friendly option.

So why is a nationally recognised birthing unit seemingly under threat?

It is the economics of the madhouse to put in place a more expensive, less accessible hospital delivery service in place of a much more cost effective local service!

As for having a midwife led unit in Bath, to centralise such services, where will the pre-natal and post-natal services be held - will mothers from West Wiltshire have to travel repeatedly to Bath?

Problems with monitoring of mothers is a very major health issue for Britain. UK is bottom of the Western European league table when it comes to child mortality rates of under-fives. Around 6,000 children and young people die a year in the UK. The majority are under the age of one.

The high mortality rate of young children under one is attributed to the growing gap between rich and poor in the United Kingdom. Removing or reducing a key service for mothers like the Trowbridge Birthing Unit can only make this problem worse locally.

Birth Centres are cost effective, local and accessible.

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