So, the government gave us all a glimmer of hope, with the news that 3,000 more training places for midwifery will be created over the next 4 years.
This cannot come too soon.
We are feeling the strain on the ‘shop floor’ and this news is very welcome. We know that the Royal College of Midwives estimates that we are currently 3,500 midwives short in England, so although this is a small step, it is an important one in the realisation of the need for more midwives, so thank you Government for noticing that “more midwives = a better outcome.”
We know we need more midwives! But this is only one small part of the puzzle.
- 1. Making it affordable
- 2. The Application
- 3. Excellent Mentoring
- 4. A job at the end!
- 5. Staying Power
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Newly qualified midwives are going through rigorous interview processes at the end of the their training and sometimes just not getting enough ‘points’ in the interview process to be offered a job. I’d like to think that if a student midwife is training for 3 years, that is a 3-year long interview and therefore more weight should be given for knowing the student rather then a point scoring system.
So overall, thank you Government for taking note of the need for more midwives, but in order for this to make a difference we need to look at the whole picture… and then I will be very happy!
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