Hundreds of mothers-to-be have lost access to their midwives after a community service was forced to close. Women across the north-west of England and in Essex have been affected after One to One announced it was withdrawing the services it provided for the NHS.
One to One specialises in home births, which means some women may have to give birth in hospital against their wishes. A spokesman for the NHS said emergency protocols had been put in place and women affected would be contacted by a dedicated team. He said the "priority" was ensuring those affected were provided with support, but he said he could not guarantee that they would be able to have a home birth.
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Source: BBC News, 31 July 2019