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Midwife shortage

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.

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