Shortage of midwives “threatens patient safety”

The Royal College of Midwives has reported that there is a shortage of midwives across England.

They claim that an extra 4,700 midwives are required, with the worst hit areas being the east and south east of England, where they calculate 41% and 33% more midwives are required.  The General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, says that “Once you get to really critical shortfalls, maternity services won’t be safe”.

Without adequate midwifery care during labour, it is possible for complications to develop and go undetected, leading to serious problems for the baby, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and still birth.  There are also complications that can affect the mother if she is not adequately monitored, for example, uterine rupture and pre-eclampsia.

For more information, please visit our birth injuries website, or call one of our nurse advisers on 0800 321 3112 to find out if we can help.

Posted 15th September 2011 | Posted in News,Uncategorised