Midwives Comment On ONS’s Population Estimates For Mid-2011-2012 – “The Baby Boom Continues”
11 Aug 13
|Commenting on the release today (August 8th) of population estimates for UK, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives Cathy Warwick said: “In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, births are at recent highs. Births in England are continuing to boom, with the proportion of births to the oldest women growing faster than for younger women. This places considerable pressures on maternity services and we are struggling to provide high quality antenatal and postnatal care. Despite recent welcome increases in the numbers of midwives, there is still a shortage.
England remains around 5,000 midwives short of the number required to provide mothers and babies with the high-quality service they need and deserve. Maternity care is the earliest health intervention of all and getting care right for mothers and babies is a vital part of supporting families and building a foundation for good health in later life. We need more midwives.”