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Maternity Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 20th December 2000.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench 2:30 pm, 20th December 2000

My Lords, does the Minister agree that a distinction should be drawn between nursing and midwifery, in that in general nurses deal with sick people whereas one hopes that midwives deal with healthy young mothers who produce healthy babies? Does the noble Lord agree that the difference between the two professions should be maintained so that pregnant women are not regarded as being sick?