Julia Drown MP has launched the all-party parliamentary maternity group, set up to campaign for improvements in maternity services. The group, launched last week with the backing of Royal College of Midwives general secretary Karlene Davis, will be pressing the government to set national standards in maternity services to ensure that all women have access to 'high-quality women-centred care'. The launch comes after reports last month that recruitment and retention in midwifery is at an all-time low, resulting in high workload and a knock-on increase in the number of medical interventions and Caesarean sections.

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