Major increase in midwifery unit births since 2010

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Births in midwifery units in England have trebled, up from five per cent to 14 per cent over the last six years, a new study by researchers at The University of Nottingham has shown.

The research, led by a team of academics in the University’s School of Health Sciences, revealed that the number of midwifery units alongside hospital obstetric units almost doubled from 53 to 97 during the period 2010 to 2016.

However, despite this increase, 25 per cent of all NHS trusts in England still have no midwifery units, denying women the opportunity to access this type of care, which has been shown to provide personalised care to women, to decrease caesarean birth rates and costs per birthing.

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