It’s interesting to see that England isn’t mingled into the issues that Europe was seeing with a big reduction in birth rates as a result of the worldwide recession. As the United States and Europe see birth rates drop, England is seeing them skyrocket, and with something like this, comes a shortage in many different areas, including midwives
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Nearly 5,000 additional midwives are required to cope with a fertility boom which has resulted in the highest number of births in almost four decades, it has been claimed.
There was a 2.4% increase in live births in the last year, resulting in a total of 723,165 in England and Wales – the highest figure since 1972, according to Office for National Statistics figures.
The fertility rate increased to 2.00 children per woman in 2010, up from 1.96 the previous year.
The Royal College of Midwives pointed out that the 22% increase in births in the past decade had coincided with the shortage of midwives increasing from 2,800 to 4,700. Meanwhile, the increasing complexity of some births demanded more of midwives’ time.
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