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Surge in midwives after birth-unit closure

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5:42am 17th July 2017

A year ago, one of Buckinghamshire's birthing units had to close, because of a shortage of midwives.

Wycombe Hospital had to divert cases elsewhere for a few months, but reopened properly in November.

We've caught up with Head of Midwifery, Heidi Beddall.

She says they've seen a surge in new midwives since:

"Twenty-four additional midwives joined the Trust last October and that recruitment has been ongoing.

"We've been working incredibly hard this year to recruit our current student midwives, who qualify this September.

"I'm really please to say we're offering them all positions."

Wycombe Hospital

Heidi told us it means they can keep both Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe going to help new parents.

She said it's important that they offer different settings for women to choose from.

A big part of their drive to keep midwives within Bucks has been working with those students training to be one.

Heidi said:

"We work very closely with our university who are training our midwives and we're very responsive to their feedback about what it's like to work here.

"I think that's been the key thing: those who train with us want to stay with us."

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