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Midwives: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date he estimates midwife numbers will have risen sufficiently to provide 36 midwives per 1,000 deliveries. (195747)

The number of midwives is expected to rise by an additional 4,000 by 2012. Estimates to provide 36 midwives per 1,000 deliveries are not yet available.

The September 2007 Census figure shows that the number of midwives (full-time equivalent (FTE)) increased by 2.5 per cent. from September 2006 and we now have more than 25,000 (19,298 FTE) midwives, the highest number ever.

In January 2008 we announced extra funding of £330 million over the next three years to ensure that mothers get the best possible maternity care. This money will be available to the national health service from April 2008 to invest in their maternity services.