What are these people on?
The Albany group, which works in Peckham, south London, where deprivation levels are high, has long been held up as a shining example of what is possible in NHS midwifery. It supports women to give birth wherever they choose – almost half give birth at home – and medical intervention rates are low. All women have their babies delivered by the midwife they first see and the group\’s caesarean and medical intervention rates are low.
But King\’s says babies delivered by Albany midwives had higher rates of hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy – brain damage caused by lack of oxygen and lack of blood flow to the brain – than those delivered by midwives it employs directly over the last two and a half years. Such brain damage can be caused during birth – for example, if the cord gets wrapped around the baby\’s neck – but it can also occur in the womb.
So we\’ve a system which kills babies. Having found out that this system kills babies we\’ve decided to stop using this system. OK, sounds like a sensible decision there.
Supporters of the Albany group are outraged by what they consider an attack on the philosophy of independent midwifery and non-medicalised delivery. A vocal demonstration took place at the weekend outside the hospital, where women and children chanted: \”Save the Albany\”.
And yet there are people who insist that we should still use this system that kills babies?
What are they smoking?