Hundreds more midwives are needed in Yorkshire and Humber to keep up with the baby boom, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
The RCM estimates at least another 370 midwives are needed after a 20 per cent increase in births in the region since 2001.
Jeanne Tarrant, RCM’s regional manager for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “It is deeply worrying that the region remains so short of midwives, with the birthrate increasing at such a rate. It is also not just about numbers. Births are also becoming increasingly complex, putting even more demands on maternity services.
“More investment is needed, action is needed, and it is needed now. Without some serious attention and investment I have real fears that services in the region will be struggling to cope with the demands on them.”