Last week, Samantha Phillis, was working when she met a pregnant woman who had a major impact on her.
The community midwife, who is based at Stepping Hill Hospital, was making a house call for an appointment.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Samantha revealed how during the appointment the expectant mum broke down in tears as she had no food in her house and could not feed herself or her children.
The parent was terrified to admit the truth out of fear she would have her family taken away from her, reports Manchester Evening News.
Samantha blames the “insidious demonisation of the working class” and the stigma around poverty for the heartbreaking situation.
She tweeted: “Yesterday I went to the home of a pregnant woman & her family and they had NOTHING TO EAT ….. NOTHING. The only reason I knew this is because she broke down crying and when gently pushed she admitted the shame & fear she feels because she lives in poverty.
“The stigma of poverty means she was too scared to tell me in case that meant she’d lose her child and unborn baby.
“We arranged an emergency food parcel for the weekend but hells bells what bloody draconian Victorian times are we living in! Poor people will be being marched off to the workhouses next.
“Poverty is not a crime! Poverty does not mean she’s not a good mother! I cannot even imagine how scared she was to tell me.”
The midwife continued: “This is what happens when the right wing take control – slowly but surely the poor become perceived as victims of their own doing where, as a society, we retreat into a psychology of the ‘deserving’ & ‘undeserving’ poor. This is not accidental.
“The right wing want this. Never ever believe the right wing believe in the welfare state – the insidious demonisation of the working class has been going on for decades stripping us of our industry and work opportunities, turning us against each other, starving the welfare state….to the point where I, as a woman in a uniform represent somebody to be feared not a source of trust …I went to bed last night very angry & very sad.”
Her tweets quickly went viral, garnering thousands of likes and retweets.
Support has now been put in place to help the family.
Samantha says she has been “overwhelmed” by the response to her comments but said it is not an isolated case.
She told the M.E.N: “I work with many families who live in poverty. The reason this family upset me so much was because of her fear of losing her children.
“It seemed so awful that she thought that was a possibility.”
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