England and Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott and his mother, a retired midwife, have joined the midwife campaign.
Walcott said: "I have grown up knowing how important midwives are because my mum was a midwife for the NHS and also worked independently.
"She taught mums about healthy eating and giving babies the best start in life."
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.