Midwifery Services Under Strain

Eighty percent of maternity units do not have enough midwives. That is according to the Royal College of Midwives.

The birth rate since 2001 has increased by 12.5 percent, but the number of midwives has, in the same period, increased by only 4.5 percent.

The Royal College of Midwives recommends that each midwife should deliver 27.5 babies per year, whereas the average midwife delivered over 33 babies last year.

Dame Karlene Davis, the general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives states that mothers and babies were receiving “a service that should shame the fourth richest country in the world”.

The lack of midwives makes plans to replace many hospital maternity units with midwife led units seem all the more worrying.

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Posted 13th June 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised