NZ short on midwives
4:00AM Sunday Sep 13, 2009
By Rachel Grunwell

Health boards are looking to overseas hospitals to fight a serious nationwide midwife shortage that has left many pregnant mothers struggling to find care.

A strategy group is working hard on a list of initiatives, including poaching overseas midwives, especially from Britain, to address the crisis.

According to a Midwifery Workforce Analysis report released in July to district health boards, the country is short of about 150 midwives nationally. This is not as bad as six months ago, when health boards were 240 midwives down, but the deficit is expected to blow out again by summer.

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