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The Shrewsbury scandal proves what women tell me every day – NHS maternity care is in crisis


As many as one in three women in the UK are traumatised by their birth experiences, and one in 25 of those will go on to develop full-blown PTSD. 

Following the most recent scandal at Shrewsbury, Milli Hill, the founder of the Positive Birth Movement, talks to The Independent about why we need to bring human connection back into maternity services, as well as continuing to invest in the research and technology that can save the lives of those most at risk and, why, above all, we need to start listening to women. If we don’t do these things, history will only repeat itself.

Milli says: "We cannot continue to see scandals like Shrewsbury and Morecambe Bay as isolated, instead we must be brave enough to view them as symptomatic of a wider problem of a maternity system that has become completely dehumanised and unable to listen to women."

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Source: The Independent, 20 November 2019

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