State of Maternity Services Report
Royal College of Midwives report, 2011
The Royal College of Midwives has released its first State of Maternity Services report. The report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in each of the four United Kingdom countries.
The report finds that a significant increase in the number of births in each of the four countries, and a trend towards older mothers, is increasing the pressures on maternity care throughout the UK. In England, and in the last few years Wales, this has led to a substantial deficit in the workforce needed to provide a safe level of care to women and their babies. Furthermore, the existing midwifery workforce is rapidly ageing in each country, except for Wales. From this we can anticipate an even greater strain on services over the next 15 years.