Released on: 13 December 2022

NCT's chief executive Angela McConville said: 

"Parents-to-be in Wales will be understandably concerned that the midwives strike might impact on their care, especially if their babies are due around that time.

"We have been reassured by the Royal College of Midwives that the safety of women, families and babies will be safeguarded during the period of action. We'd advise anyone who is worried, to speak to their midwife or local maternity unit to find out what services and support will be available on the day of the strike. 

"The turn out and results of the RCM ballots clearly show that maternity services across the UK are overstretched, understaffed and many midwives are struggling financially. These pressures have taken their toll on hardworking and compassionate individuals and as a result thousands are leaving the profession. 

"Government must respond to this strike and work to retain and support midwives, so they in turn can provide quality care for parents." 

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