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Midwives, Wales And Monmouthshire

Volume 463: debated on Monday 11 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Health if he will publish a statement for the last convenient annual period for each local health authority area in Wales and Monmouthshire, showing the number of domiciliary births attended by a midwife only; the number of such births in which analgesia was administered; the total number of midwives employed; and the number of these midwives provided with their own transport in the form of a car or a car allowance.

The latest information available on the first three parts of the Question relates to the period 5th July, 1948 (the date on which the National Health Service came into operation), to

Local Heath AuthorityTotal number of domiciliary midwives in public and private practice at 31st December, 1948Number of domiciliary confinements in which midwives in charge in the period 5th July to 31st December, 1948Number of domiciliary confinements in which gas and air analgesia administered by midwives in the period 5th July to 31st December,1948
Anglesey C.C.2713925
Brecon C.C.3324269
Caernarvon C.C.46223Nil*
Cardigan C.C.35908
Carmarthen C.C.9160277
Denbigh C.C.6536352
Flint C.C.5035128
Glamorgan C.C.2033,074968
Merioneth C.C.3588Nil*
Monmouth C.C.991,481320
Montgomery C.C.3111132
Pembroke C.C.6928830
Radnor C.C.245646
Cardiff C.B.C.35711528
Merthyr C.B.C.13262Nil*
Newport C.B.C.2026150
Swansea C.B.C.2539171
*Gas and air analgesia is now being used in the domiciliary midwifery service in Caernarvonshire; and the other two authorities are arranging for it to be used in their domiciliary midwifery service, the necessary apparatus having been ordered.