– Cathy Warwick, RCM chief executive
The baby boom is restarting with renewed vigour.
We are already at birth numbers that haven't been seen for at least a couple of generations, probably not in the working life of any midwife practising today.
Today's midwives simply have never seen anything like it. The demand this is placing on the NHS is enormous.
The biggest baby boom in 40 years is expected just as maternity cutbacks hit hospitals. New figures suggest more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year, according to the Royal College of Midwives.