Baby boom brings midwife crisis
Sunday 20 January 2013
A baby boom, in which the birth rate has risen by 50 per cent in some areas, has created a shortage of midwives, with some hospitals struggling to cope, according to the Royal College of Midwives.
In a report to be published in Parliament tomorrow, the RCM says an extra 5,000 midwives are needed in England alone to deal with the highest birth rate in 40 years.
In the past decade the birth rate has increased by 22 per cent in England, 17 per cent in Wales, 15 per cent in Northern Ireland and 12 per cent in Scotland.
The RCM says England and Wales have been "overwhelmed" by the rise, but while midwife numbers are increasing slightly, the strain has led to "threadbare" antenatal care.
Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the RCM, said: "England remains around 5,000 midwives short of the number required.
"Maternity units are under intense strain and have been now for many years, with many midwives really at the end of their tether in terms of what they can tolerate.
"We are reaching a crucial tipping point for maternity services in England."
The RCM is calling on the Government to provide a guarantee not to cut midwifery training places.
Life & Style blogs
Office plants computer chips under workers’ skin instead of ID cards
Snapchat removed the Best Friends list feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Eight-year-old girl Camilla Lisant suggests possible cancer treatment to her scientist father over the dinner table
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...