Guangdong is gearing up for a baby boom that’s expected to exacerbate an already severe midwife shortage as couples take advantage of a relaxation in the one-child policy, Xinhua reported Tuesday.
The province said in late March that couples can have a second baby if either parent is an only child. Analysts estimate that the number of babies born in Guangdong will rise by 10,000 to 15,000 this year and peak in 2015 and 2016.
Zhang Cuiqiong, a midwife at the Guangdong No. 2 People’s Hospital, said: “I have seen a midwife help deliver 22 newborns in one single day in my hospital. And the record will surely be broken soon.”
Lai Xuemei, from the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University in Guangzhou, said midwives are especially important for women having a second child.
Lai said women most commonly have their first child by Caesarean section, so they face a higher risk of hemorrhage when they have their second baby.
Jiang Mei, from the Maternal and Child Health Care of China Association, said China has a scarcity of well-educated midwives who have graduated from a university or college.
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