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Byline: Evening Mail Reporter

IF MEN undertake the intimate work of midwifery in the Midlands they will have to do so under the eye of women chaperones

A Birmingham health watchdog committee has been told by the Department of Health that at the start of any scheme for male midwives men will be employed only in areas where extensive chaperonage can be provide

And any mother objection to a man examining her will be able to have a female midwife

The South Birmingham Community Health Council will discuss the controversy at a meeting on March 26

The Royal College of Midwives is objecting to inclusion of Midwifery in the Government's plan to provide equal opportunities in all professions for both sexes - and also to the would have to be supplied as chaperones

In a letter to the South Birmingham C.H.C a Department of Health spokesman says the intimate nature of the work involved was appreciated

Undoubtedly there will be practical difficulties but these should not affect the need for legislation to reflect the general principle of equality of opportunity the letter says
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 27, 2007
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