Making A Positive Change
National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) is Jake's Charity. It was set up following the tragic stillbirth of Jake Canter due to the nearest hospital maternity unit being closed. NMSF's founding principles are to take a 'proactive educative approach' to maternity care occupying the 'sensible middle ground' of public opinion and to help stop these closures happening.
The campaign began in September 2006 to Keep Hospitals Open ensuring Jake did not die in vain. This activity raised awareness of the tragic consequences of hospitals and in particular maternity units closing due to lack of staff and beds as a result of underfunding and cutbacks in essential services.
There is now a growing database of the tragic consequences caused by these closures. Sadly, it is becoming increasingly clear that these are no longer isolated incidents and are occurring nationwide. Through this information sharing we firmly believe that NMSF can make the necessary changes to stop this happening to others.
We are working in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the professional body of Midwives and consult closely with them on issues surrounding maternity care. Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the RCM is our lead Patron.
NMSF is totally committed to making a difference, helping save lives.