Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the Government needs to acknowledge the rise in complex births after a report by the Royal College of Midwives warned that increasing obesity levels, the age of mothers in pregnancy and a big rise in midwifery vacancies was putting services under growing strain.
The report shows that midwifery vacancies have quadrupled in the last five years, rising from 1.3% in 2013 to 5% in 2018.
Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“This report shows the burgeoning challenges that our midwives are facing. There are significantly more complex births than there were in previous years, yet the number of vacancies is also on the rise.
"This is bad for pregnant mothers and bad for our overworked midwives.
“Babies don't just arrive by stork, they arrive with the help of hardworking professionals. If the Scottish Government are serious about ensuring new born babies get the best possible start in life, they need to act to ensure that support for parents and midwives is there when it is needed."