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Birth trauma report highlights “under-funded, under-resourced” maternity and postnatal care

A new report published today has called for the UK’s maternity and postnatal care to be overhauled, citing a worrying number of traumatic childbirths. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Birth Trauma was set up by Theo Clarke, Conservative MP, following the difficult birth of her daughter. The report makes 12 recommendations, including the creation of a new maternity commissioner who would report directly to the Prime Minister. University of Bradford midwifery lecturer Assistant Professor Benash Nazmeen, who spent 10 years working on hospital labour wards before moving into higher education, gives her view on the report.