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It's fine to demand one to one midwife support for each mother,1 and I seem to recall Patricia Hewitt rashly promising to provide this, but where are the new posts coming from?
My daughter has just qualified as a midwife, and there just aren't any jobs for her cohort. She was successful in her first interview, but this was for a part time (22 hours) job, and there were 97 applicants, most of whom were presumably newly qualified. Full time jobs are almost non-existent. If the government wants improved midwifery services, they have to ensure that hospital trusts and primary care trusts have the necessary resources to fund growth.
Competing interests: BB's wife and daughter are both midwives.