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RCM calls for more midwives

The Royal College of Midwives has said the Government must address the "serious shortage" of midwives across the UK. The petition currently has just over 67,000 signatures and the RCM says it must reach 100,000 by August 22.

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Theo Walcott joins midwife campaign

England and Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott and his mother, a retired midwife, have joined the midwife campaign.

Theo Walcott has signed the petition calling for more midwives Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

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."

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