Ffynh 6Q

We are told that the high maternal mortality in Wales is receiving the special attention of the Department. It should surely receive the special attention of the citizens throughout the Principality. Whereas in other directions mortality rates are decreasing, we are in Wales losing mothers at a preventable rate, and continuing year by year to do so. The problem cannot be solved through one approach, since the contributing causes are many. The apathy of certain among the public bodies (upon which women are for the most part conspicuous by their absence),the insanitary conditions due to bad housing and to over-crowding, the lack of an adequate supply of trained midwives (especially in scattered rural areas), the lack of the provision of facilities for ante-natal work, the prejudices and ignorances in some cases of the women themselvesall these are contributing factors. There are others which are as yet imperfectly recognized, but what ever the causes the scandal of maternal mortality in Wales is a challenge to every thinking woman and should convince public opinion of the urgent need of the greater co-operation of women in public affairs.

(The Woman’s Leader, 12 December 1924 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )