What is so frustrating is that there is a clear need for more midwives. We have record-breaking birth figures and we need all the midwives we can get.
We're training midwives, but we're not recruiting them. That is a sad waste of all their time and effort, and a waste of taxpayers' money too.
Several maternity units have closed this year, including three birth centres in the East Midlands and units in Canterbury and Dover.
The units that have closed are the tip of the iceberg. A 10th of the heads of midwifery who responded to our recent survey told us that they have a midwife-led unit in their area that is in danger of closure.
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