The biggest baby boom in 40 years is expected just as maternity cutbacks hit hospitals.
New figures released today suggest more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year, which will be the highest number since 1971, according to the Royal College of Midwives.
This year 4,600 more babies were born between January and March than last year while NHS maternity services are being cut back nationally.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: "We are already at birth numbers that haven't been seen for at least a couple of generations, probably not in the working life of any midwife practising today.
"The demand this is placing on the NHS is enormous."
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