Migrant baby boom triggers midwife crisis

Migrant baby boom triggers midwife crisis: Half of wards being forced to turn expectant mothers away Royal College of Midwives warns of massive shortage in parts of UK5,000 midwives needed in England alone to cope with demandHalf of maternity wards shut doors an average of seven times a year UK witnessing highest birth rate in 40 years, as hospitals struggle to cope pointing to it being another record-breaker and ONS projections suggesting the birth rate in England could hit 743,000 by 2014.

Highest birth rate in 40 years and a shortage of midwives pushes maternity services to "crucial tipping point"

Migrant baby boom triggers midwife crisis: Half of wards being forced to turn expectant mothers away Royal College of Midwives warns of massive shortage in parts of UK5,000 midwives needed in England alone to cope with demandHalf of maternity wards shut doors an average of seven times a year UK witnessing highest birth rate in 40 years, as hospitals struggle to cope pointing to it being another record-breaker and ONS projections suggesting the birth rate in England could hit 743,000 by 2014.

Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why

Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why 18 per cent over mothers over 35 opted not to give birth naturallyRoyal College of Midwives raises concern about a quarter of mothers having the surgery But teen pregnancies down by a fifth in five years | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 6 December 2012 25 per cent of mothers in England had a Caesarean – a slight increase from the previous year Older mothers are behind the number of Caesarean sections rising yet again.

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed Experts warn that mistakes on the ward will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with higher numbers of patientsHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be 'pockets' of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008 | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Concern: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that there may still be 'pockets of poor care' in hospitals Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless hospital blunders, figures reveal.

Cash-strapped nurses facing a 60 per cent hike in professional fees they must pay in order to work

Cash-strapped nurses facing 60% hike in registration fees they must pay in order to work The nursing regulator wants to increase professional fees from £76 to £120Unions argue the increase is unfair while NHS workers are suffering pay freezesGovernment pledges £20m grant to help but some fee hike still expected | UPDATED: 11:56 GMT, 15 October 2012 The Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates the UK's 670,000 nurses and midwives, has proposed increasing the annual registration fee from £76 to £120 Nurses are facing a 60 per cent hike in the professional fees they must pay in order to work.

Caesareans and pain relief for mothers giving birth "should be cut to save the NHS money"

Caesareans and pain relief for mothers giving birth 'should be cut to save the NHS money' | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 31 August 2012 Family doctors are being told to try to talk women out of having Caesareans and very strong painkillers during birth to save the NHS money.

Midwives told to drop 30-second rule on cutting umbilical cord after delaying it is shown to benefit babies

Midwives told to drop ‘30-second rule’ on cutting umbilical cord after delaying longer shown to benefit babies Longer connection to mother's blood supply thought to protect babies against anaemia | UPDATED: 21:54 GMT, 18 August 2012 Guidance: Midwives have been advised to delay cutting babies' umbilical cords after new evidence showed this benefits their health A radical change in the way babies are delivered will see midwives delay cutting the umbilical cord following evidence that it improves the health of newborns.

Mothers "to have a named midwife to birth and beyond" in NHS reform of care for pregnant women

Mothers 'to have a named midwife to birth and beyond' in NHS reform of care for pregnant women | UPDATED: 07:14 GMT, 16 May 2012 Boost: Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will unveil the new measures today New mothers will today be promised one-to-one care from a midwife and more support on the NHS if they suffer from post-natal depression.

No midwife present for 1-in-4 women at crucial moment of giving birth

No midwife present for 1-in-4 women at crucial moment of giving birth | UPDATED: 21:31 GMT, 12 May 2012 Pregnancy: Research shows that as many as a quarter of pregnant women claim they did not have a midwife present during crucial parts of the birth One in four women do not have a midwife present during the crucial moments of giving birth, according to a new study.