- Number of births at home on rise
- Midwives recruited
- Home births boom as more women fear hospital infections and midwife shortages
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Over the past two days, I've seen several articles about projected midwife shortages and a rise in home births in the UK. The government has promised all women their choice of birth place by the end of 2009, with a target goal of 10% home births by 2010, but in some areas midwife staffing is inadequate to ensure that. (If a woman is booked for a home birth, but all midwives are busy when she goes into labor, she will be asked to go to hospital.) The UK has also seen a recent rise in the national birth rate, making the midwife shortages even more pronounced.
Posted by Rixa Freeze at Sunday, September 28, 2008