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Midwives warn of 'baby boom'

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.

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Midwifery in numbers

  • The average number of births per midwife has worsened recently and RCM estimate the UK is short of 5,150 full-time equivalent midwives
  • More than a quarter of UK heads of midwifery told RCM that their budget has been cut in the last 12 months
  • In a poll of 2,000 midwives, 89% said they did not feel able to give women all the care and support they need
  • Newly-qualified midwives are struggling to find jobs and a third of new midwives are unemployed
  • Of these, almost a half (47%) have been looking for a job for more than three months

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