Baby boom leads to National midwife shortage

If you’re in the process of choosing a career or even considering a career change, perhaps Midwifery is a good option. The UK is most certainly short. And it’s all because there are so many babies!

A recent report by the Royal College of Midwives has reported that four in 10 women see up to nine or 10 midwives during their pregnancy. And the reason that midwives are stretched thin is because of a baby boom incited by an 80 per cent increase in the number of women who are having babies over the age of 40.

The number of babies born to women in this age group in 2011 is the highest in 60 years, since 1948.

Modern medicine really is amazing – it’s great that more women are able to have babies! It does, however, mean that strain on the whole ‘one to one midwife’ thing that the NHS is attempting to implement.

The College said that 5,000 more midwives are needed to meet the pledge.

A government-led campaign inspiring future job seekers into a baby-centred career might inspire some future midwives?

And perhaps the following question should be asked: “why aren’t more people interested in a career in Midwifery?” I am sure that the answer will be interesting.

How do you think men and women might be inspired into a career of midwifery? Any bright ideas?

Source: Telegraph.co.uk – “Pregnancy women ‘unsupported’ by NHS”