- The latest figures show that the north-east and north-west had a shortfall of less than 10%.
- The east Midlands and east of England needed 41% more midwives.
- The south-east is over one-third short of staff.
- A medium-sized maternity unit delivering 3,000 babies a year would need around 91 midwives, according to the RCM.
- Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have midwife shortages at the moment.
A host of celebrities and sports personalities have joined a campaign calling for more midwives in England.
The Royal College of Midwives has launched an online petition calling for 5,000 more midwives in the NHS in England.