Health agency seeks more mid­wives, beds

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s top health au­thor­ity said in a guide­line that it will speed up train­ing of ob­ste­tri­cians and mid­wives to pro­duce 140,000 such pro­fes­sion­als be­fore 2020 to meet the rapidly grow­ing de­mand for ma­ter­nal ser­vices re­sult­ing from the univer­sal sec­ond-child pol­icy.

The Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion also urged lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties na­tion­wide to add a to­tal of 89,000 beds in ob­stet­rics units in the next few years to help close the gap be­tween sup­ply and de­mand of ma­ter­nal ser­vices.

There is a se­vere short­age of ob­ste­tri­cians and mid­wives in China, with just 30 mid­wives for ev­ery 1 mil­lion pregnant women, far be­low most other coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese Ma­ter­nal and Child Health As­so­ci­a­tion.

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