Commenting on the survey, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives
, said: "Our maternity services are overworked, understaffed, underfunded and struggling to meet the demands on them.
Hayley beat five other regional winners to the award, which is run in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwives
* Karlene Davis, General Secretary Royal College of Midwives
I CAN'T believe that the Royal College of Midwives
is actually proposing that the legal limit for abortions be extended from 24 weeks to an unlimited time.
One had to shut an astonishing 33 times in 2014 and another has had to close 23 times this year, says the Royal College of Midwives
. It warned units now face an unprecedented challenge due to the high birth rate and a crippling shortage of midwives.
In 2013 a National Audit Office report into maternity services in England concluded that there was a shortage of midwives which means the NHS cannot offer women one-toone care during labour, as recommended by experts including NICE and the Royal College of Midwives
Members of Unison, the GMB, the Royal College of Midwives
and Unite were due to walk out for 12 hours in England and Northern Ireland and again next month in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS staff.
The Royal College of Midwives
said more midwife-led units were needed to offer all mothers-tobe a range of choice.
Mr Butt - one of only 132 male midwives out of 20,000 in the UK - has criticised the situation in an article for Midwives, the magazine of the Royal College of Midwives
MORE midwives are urgently required as the birth rate reached a 40-year high, the Royal College of Midwives
Both the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives
expressed serious concern over the proposed changes.
More than one in three, according to a poll by the Royal College of Midwives