The Royal College of Midwives has released its third annual State of Maternity Services report. The report, which follows earlier reports published in 2011 and 2012, provides an update, highlighting the very latest developments in this most vital of NHS Services. The report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The report does not dwell upon or analysis structural changes within the NHS or the political battles and tussles that have taken place during the year. Instead it focuses just on the latest available statistics, revealing what is happening on the frontline of care. How many babies are being born? How many midwives are there to help these babies safely into the world? Are we training enough new midwives to deal with the changes of the future? To coin a phrase, it's just the facts, ma'am.
Download the 2013 report here