Maternity Matters

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Why should we be concerned about the state of maternity care?

Because maternity care is different from other health services.

First, babies cannot wait - there can be no waiting lists for maternity care. Second, women's experiences during pregnancy and birth, good or bad, can deeply affect how women feel about their babies, about themselves as mothers, and their other relationships . Providing pregnant and birthing women with good care therefore improves the lives of women and their children both immediately and in the long term.