Half of all midwives have considered quitting their jobs because of poor staffing and heavy workloads.
This is revealed in a survey conducted by the Midwives Association among its 900 members, according to NRK.
– In several places the birth rates have gone up without a corresponding increase in staff. We are seriously concerned about increased workloads and inadequate staffing, director of Midwives Association, Kristin Holanger, says.
In survey, 94 percent said they sometimes have other patients while being responsible for active mothers, which means they fail to meet the quality requirements of maternity care.
58 percent said they sometimes, often or very often fail to have adequate surveillance of the mother in childbirth. 40 percent say they are unable to monitor the child adequately.
Ministry of Health says they will follow up the matter in dialogue with the hospitals.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today