Find out more about some more of the issues we campaign on.
Parents' experiences of maternity services
NCT worked with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI) to look new parents’ experiences of maternity services. We surveyed 5,500 women who have given birth in the past five years – over 4,000 of these births were in 2012 – and found that women are not getting the support that they need, while over-stretched midwives are battling to meet on-going and increasing demands on their time. Read the report here.
Parents' views in shaping maternity services under threat
For nearly 30 years, Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs) have enabled women and their partners to shape the design and provision of maternity services. We have joined voices with the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology to produce a statement on the importance of engaging with women and their partners in the planning and monitoring of maternity serivces and the role played by MSLCs.
Pressure sales on maternity wards
Our research shows that parents are being pressured on maternity wards, hours after giving birth, to hand over their personal details to reps from organisations such as Bounty. Putting pressure on parents at this vulnerable time, when they are often exhausted and emotional, is unacceptable and we are calling on hospitals to stop allowing Bounty reps onto the wards. If you feel strongly about this and want to put a stop to Bounty reps pressurising new parents why don’t you sign a petition to Health Minister Dan Poulter MP?
We support and campaigns for all parents regardless of how they choose to feed their babies. We aim to raise awareness of the barriers faced by those who want to breastfeed and we campaign for more support for women to overcome these barriers. We coordinate the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme on behalf of the BMC, providing support for venues to be more welcoming to mothers and their breastfed babies. We also campaign for a society which allows parents who decide to use formula milks to access clear, non-commercial information about how to store and prepare these milks. For more information about how we campaign to protect mothers and babies from the effects of formula advertising.