One in five women in England have admitted that they do not feel they are getting the right amount of support to help them through their pregnancies or have a say in how or where they want to give birth.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Bounty Parenting Club conducted a survey among more than 1,800 women and found that more than 47 percent believe that they would liked to have spent more time with midwives while over a third revealed that they were seen by a different midwife every time they went to a checkup.
The survey comes a few months after the British government announced that they will be streamlining maternity care and a single midwife will be responsible for a pregnant woman's overall care right up to the birth of the child.
"The Government says it is committed to providing better maternity care and we endorse the pledges they have made. However, actions speak louder than words and this survey shows that there are many challenges ahead to ensure their promises are delivered across England. It throws up many areas of concern and highlights the pressing need for sustained investment in maternity services and in midwives", RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said.