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No midwives at the Mignot for expectant mums

Posted Mon 13th April 2015 at 14:00

Alderney no longer has any practicing midwives on the Island, it has emerged.

At least five women are expecting babies between May and September but the two resident nurses at the Mignot Memorial Hospital qualified to work as midwives cannot perform enough hours to retain their midwifery registration.

The average birth rate in Alderney is 10 babies a year and until recently there have been two registered midwives at the Mignot Memorial hospital.

A spokesman for the Health and Social Services Department confirmed that expectant mothers would now have to visit their GP for midwifery care or book appointments with visiting midwives from Guernsey.

"For nurses and midwives to retain their registration with the National Midwifery Council they are required to work 450 clinical hours per year and carry out 35 hours of updating relevant to their speciality," he said. "The midwives in Alderney therefore have had insufficient midwifery clinical hours to enable them to work 450 hours in Alderney for midwifery alone and are therefore no longer able to remain on the NMC register as midwives."

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