When I had my first child nine women were in labour, cared for by three midwives. I spent most of my labour "supported" by two first-year student nurses on their first day in obstetrics, a pre-clinical medical student and my bewildered husband. When a problem arose I had to take charge of the situation and tell them all what to do!
Ms Coyle has already observed that there are too few doctors in her antenatal clinic. I hope that the reality in July measures up to her expectations.
CELIA C HOWELLS