There's claim that midwives are being pushed to tipping point because there are just enough to cope with the rising number of births.
With England in the midst of a baby boom, there are warnings that new mums are being put at risk because midwives aren't able to give them the one to one care that they need.
Despite a 21% rise in the number of babies being born in the North West, midwife numbers actually fell by 4%. In the second of her special reports, Mel Barham looks at what effect that's having on care for new mums and just how the shortages are affecting midwives themselves.
1 in 7 couples will struggle to conceive. At the Hewitt centre in Liverpool, they're leading the way, with the high IVF pregnancy rates.
One in 4 women will lose a baby, while one in 5 pregnancies will end in miscarriage - yet it remains a taboo subject. Mel Barham reports