why midwives are warning about this summer


The Order of Midwives is clear: “without a reaction from the authorities, the summer of 2021 could be dramatic”.

The professional organization warned last Tuesday on the dangers that could run patients and newborns this summer, because of the shortage of maïeuticiennes. It was followed Friday by the National Union of Midwives: “The summer will be particularly perilous for the management of pregnancies, deliveries and home follow-ups,” warned the union.

What is the problem ?

Hospitals are deserted by midwives. While 74% of them worked in CHU in 2011, they are now 60%. Midwives prefer, in fact, to work in private: they were 20% in 2012 against 34% today.

And then, summer is an even more critical period, since it is the summer vacation period. Usually, the arrival of new graduates (it is a very largely female profession) on the labor market made it possible to fill the “gaps” of the summer. But “this year is the first time that students who leave do not go to work in maternity hospitals,” lamented Friday the president of the Order of Midwives, Anne-Marie Curat, on Sud Radio.

120,000 births are however expected this summer, Le Figaro rating.

Why this disenchantment with the hospital?

The midwives consider the working conditions too bad. The responsibilities are immense, with the life of the newborn and its mother at stake.

The working conditions are stressful since they are understaffed, with guards who follow one another.

All often on precarious contracts and for a salary deemed too low: after five years of studies, professionals working in the public sector are paid around 1,750 euros despite their responsibilities. The Ségur de la Santé did not meet the expectations of midwives: they only obtained a bonus of 183 euros net per month, the same as non-nursing staff.

In comparison, liberal exercise offers better working conditions and pregnancy monitoring a less heavy burden than that of childbirth.

The disenchantment with the hospital should increase in the years to come. If we are to believe the projections of the DREES (the statistical tool of the Ministry of Health), 70% of midwives should practice in private by 2030.

What consequences?

“Many maternity hospitals will be forced either to close beds or to reduce acts,” feared Anne-Marie Curat, president of the Order of Midwives, on Sud Radio.

In fact, it is even already a reality. The pathological pregnancy department at Antony hospital, in Hauts-de-Seine, will close for the summer. The same goes for the physiological birth unit of the Châteauroux hospital in Indre, according to Le Parisien.


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