Signatures added to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) petition to get a further 5,000 midwives in the workforce have soared following the RCM annual conference last month.

Currently more than 20,500 people have put their names down in support of the motion since the petition was launched in August. The RCM needs to get more than 100,000 signatures before it is debated in parliament.

The RCM believes more midwives are needed following the highest national birth rate since 1972, while the number of women over 30 giving birth is at its highest since 1946.

If you support the midwives you can add your name to the petition here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/13716  

Posted by Robert Mair on 6/12/2011