The high number of births is attributed to immigrants and a number of hospitals have admitted to shitting their maternity wards due to the inability to cope with this strain. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) conducted a research which revealed that in 2011 688,120 babies were born in England which was the highest number since 1971. They projected that by 2014 the number could rise to 743, 000.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said in a statement that the existing maternity units are in strain and a number of midwives could possibly run ‘themselves ragged’ if this issue is not addressed. Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter explained that since 2010 about 800 new midwives started work however, 5000 more midwives are needed to bridge this ‘massive gap.’ Poulter added that they are working closely with RCM to ensure that every woman will have access to one-to-one maternity care.