If you've had first-hand experience of the midwives shortage, you'll no doubt be glad to hear that three thousand extra midwives are to be trained over the next four years. The plans will be made public this week, and mark the largest-ever increase of maternity staff in England.
Sky News reports:
The changes to England's maternity services will start with a target of one in five women benefitting from the model by March next year. By 2021, the majority of pregnant women will be receiving care from the same midwives throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth.
The Government said research shows that women who use the model are 19% less likely to miscarry, 16% less likely to lose their baby and 24% less likely to have premature birth.
Critics caution that it will take years before the midwife shortage is addressed, with the 'extra' midwives recruited under the scheme not being qualified to work in maternity services until 2022.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this story. Were you affected by the midwife shortage during your pregnancy or labour? Do you welcome the thought of being seen by the same midwife throughout your pregnancy? Or do you think this news is too little too late?