atest press release from Green Party Councillor Erika Doyle, issued on Thursday, May 6th 2021…
Green Party Councillor Erika Doyle has welcomed the launch of the party’s Maternal Care Matters roadmap that she helped to create with colleagues Senator Pauline O’Reilly, Deputy Neasa Hourigan Cllrs Hazel Chu, Claire Byrne and Martina O’Connor.
“I know from speaking to new mothers and pregnant women over the past 14 months that Covid restrictions have proven extremely challenging for them. While we all felt the pressure, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable and have had to face experiences like pregnancy loss and difficult pregnancies without the side by side support of partners. This is on top of an existing deficit in the area of supports for new mothers, for example breastfeeding supports.
“With all this in mind we created this roadmap for maternal care, calling for urgent action to address the shortfall in services and supports for pregnant women and new mothers. As the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and the enormous impact it has had on our health services, we need to prioritise women’s health and wellbeing which have been long neglected.”
The roadmap lays out a number of key priorities over the next 12 months. These include:
The creation of a Family Centred Plan for Maternal Care A Two-Year Extension and Dedicated Funding Package for the National Breastfeeding Action Plan Supporting the Milk Bank Scheme across Ireland A Commitment to Reproductive Rights based Healthcare
Green Party representatives will be meeting with the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD this week to present the Roadmap on Maternal Care to discuss next steps.
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