Call the midwife? This may not be an option if shortages worsen


Maternity services, both private and public, need to offer more flexible working arrangements if they want to attract and keep midwives – there has to be a rethink on job sharing, flexibility in part-time roles, and more flexible and shorter shifts. For those who can’t work shifts, or who are simply too tired to do so, exploring other non-shift options to keep experienced midwives should be considered, such as antenatal clinics or postnatal care at home after women have birthed and been discharged home.

Having options for midwives that offer them continuity with women is also…

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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