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Women talked out of home births

15th May 2007

The chair of the Association for Improvement in the Maternity Services (Aims) has said a large proportion of women who want a home birth "get talked out of it."

Beverly Beech, chair of Aims, said a "very serious" scarcity of midwives and resources has resulted in women who choose home births receiving "substandard care." Ms Beech was critical of the government's organisation of resources, saying: "Hospitals, instead of addressing the midwifery crisis, [are] choosing to deal with it by cutting down on home births and trying to centralise the hospitals to bring more midwives into the large, centralised baby factories."



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