Should women do most antenatal care by themselves?
New suggestions to the NHS promise ‘huge savings’ on doctors and midwives wages, though Royal College of Midwives warn maternity care could turn into a production line.
The proposals, from McKinsey Consultancy firm, say that most antenatal care could be done by women at their own homes.
McKinsey Partner, Penny Dash, called for the NHS to “loosen the stranglehold of some of the professional bodies on the way we deliver care” and claimed most women are more than capable of measuring their own blood pressure, dipsticking their own urine, and updating their own medical records.
By passing the majority of antenatal care over to mothers, McKinsey claim this will free up significant amounts of time meaning less staff and less wages.
The Royal College of Midwives hit back claiming Dr Dash and McKinsey had a “lack of understanding of the role of a midwife.”
Maternity care could turn into a production line
RCM deputy general secretary Louise Silverton said, “We are happy to engage with anybody who has suggestion for reducing bureaucracy and costs whilst ensuring safe and high quality care. However, we cannot treat women and the work of helping them to bring babies into the world like a unit of car production.”
Would you feel comfortable performing the majority of your antenatal care by yourself without a midwife or doctor present?
Source: Nursing Times
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