Politicians have the power to save babies’ lives and to make pregnancy and birth safer for all. They can introduce and support policies to provide better maternity care, to raise awareness of the importance of maternity improvement, ensure appropriate psychological support exists after bereavement, and champion more research and investment into reproductive health.
Tommy’s is a member of the Pregnancy & Baby Charities Network, made up of organisations which are working to:
- reduce the number of babies who die during pregnancy, birth or in the early weeks of life
- reduce morbidity in newborn babies and improve care for these babies and their parents
- improve care throughout the path to parenthood; before, during and after pregnancy and after losing a baby or pregnancy.
Our job is to influence the government, but we can’t do it without you. We need your support to make sure the government keeps these issues on the national agenda, no matter which political party is making the decisions.
That’s why we’ve produced a 2019 Manifesto which outlines four key priorities and how we can achieve these.
How to get involved
Work with us to make sure your MP and their political party incorporates our priorities in their party manifesto and together, we can save babies’ lives and improve maternity care for all.
1) Find out who your local MP is
Find out who your MP is by entering your postcode on the MP finder website.
This will take you to a page about your local MP, listing their political party membership and their contact details.
2) Contact your MP
Contact your local MP via email or post, using the contact details listed on their web page. You can use our template text below – simply copy and paste this into a draft email and then add your MP’s email address.
Subject: Safe and personalised pregnancy care and birth journey for all
Dear [MP’s name]
I invite you to incorporate the Pregnancy & Baby Charities Network Manifesto in your party’s manifesto. We need to work together to ensure all women have personalised pregnancy care and a safer birth journey.
Make pregnancy and birth safer for all and ensure women and their families have access to the support they need during and after pregnancy.
3) Share on your social media
Share our post on your social media below, tagging your local MP:
Join us [@MP]. The #PregnancyAndBabyCharitiesNetwork invites all MPs to incorporate our #PBCN_Manifesto2019 in your Party's Manifesto. Together we can ensure all women have a #SafeAndPersonalised #PregnancyCare and birth journey! MANIFESTO LINK
Together, we want to...
Make England the safest country in the world in which to have a baby, by:
- Reducing stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths, brain injuries, sudden infant deaths and pre-term births to match the best in the world by 2025.
- Establishing an expert maternity task force in every region of the country to work with services which are identified as performing poorly by clinical audit or the Care Quality Commission.
Give women a maternity guarantee that their pregnancy and birth journey will be personalised and will meet their needs, by:
- Giving all women a single maternity health professional who gives them continuity of care throughout their pregnancy and birth, prioritising those with a higher risk of poor outcomes by 2025.
- Enabling full digital access to health notes and information, through a secure app with signposting to each level of care that might be required.
- Providing a personal budget to enable access to resources and services delivered by public, private and not for profit organisations.
Give sick and premature babies the best chance of survival and quality of life, by:
- Fully implementing the neonatal transformation review by 2025, ensuring that parents are at the heart of caring for their babies.
- Ensuring that there is a trained specialist nurse for every baby in neonatal intensive care.
Provide every family with the bereavement care they need after pregnancy or baby loss, by:
- All NHS trusts fully implementing the National Bereavement Care Pathway by 2025.
- Guaranteeing that all women with subsequent pregnancies after two early miscarriages, one late miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a termination after fetal anomaly, a stillbirth, a preterm birth or a neonatal death are offered high-risk care and given enhanced support.
Thank you for helping us make pregnancy and birth safer for all and ensure women and their families have access to the support they need during and after pregnancy.
Find out how Tommy's is working with other organisations to reduce baby loss and improve maternity care in the UK.