Ms Sullivan said that 11 per cent of midwives were handling up to 20 women and babies at once.
“A further 27% of midwives have reported being left to care for up to 18 mothers and babies at a time,” she said.
“Queensland midwives have repeatedly told health authorities, politicians and the media that conditions in Queensland maternity wards are not safe. ”
The findings have prompted a call on the state government to commit appropriate funding to Queensland midwives and midwife-led models of care such as Midwifery Group Practice (MGP).
The state budget currently includes $42 million in maternity funding, but it remains unclear how much will be allocated to midwives and successful models like MGP.
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