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Stork to shock Warrington Central passengers
2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
PASSENGERS heading from Warrington Central to Manchester will be in for a surprise when a man dressed as a stork boards the train on Sunday.
The stunt is all part of a national campaign to save independent midwifery after changes to insurance laws could soon mean it is made illegal.
New mum Clare Ball, from Great Sankey, will be joining the relay group heading from the Town Hall to Manchester before the stork continues to Downing Street to appeal for Prime Minister David Cameron's help.
The 36-year-old, who had her first child Grace in October last year, said giving birth was an amazing experience thanks to the support of her independent midwife.
She added: “I didn’t like the experience I had with the NHS at all and felt like a number.
“I cried after my visit to Warrington Hospital because it wasn’t what I wanted but then I found a company who provided independent midwives and it felt so much more informal and relaxed.
“I ended up having a water birth at home and it was the most amazing experience.
“We want to make women aware there’s a choice of midwife and lots of birth options out there but the Government is making it much more difficult for them to continue.”
Groups will be gathering across the country to raise awareness of the ‘Choose, your midwife, choose your birth’ campaign after a change of UK law in October will ban any healthcare professionals from practising without indemnity insurance.
This could mean no more independent midwives as they struggle to find an insurance provider that will cover them.
Clare added: “It seems unfair that in the future other women may not get the opportunity to have a choice and after having a little girl myself it feels important to fight for that choice so she could have that option in the future.”
The group will be meeting at the Town Hall on Sunday at 10am.
Fore more information about the campaign, visit facebook.com/ChooseYourMidwife or independentmidwives.org.uk.
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