‘New baby boom means maternity services are on a knife-edge’

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Cutbacks are hitting maternity services across the country just as the decade-long baby boom is starting to take off again, according to the Royal College of Midwives.

New birth figures for the first quarter of this year reveal that 4,600 more babies were born in England in January to March than in the same period last year.

These figures suggest that more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year, which will be the highest number of any year since 1971. Rises were also recorded in Scotland and Wales.

 

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