|A rising birth rate and shortage of midwives is leading more women to opt for "freebirths" but the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has advised women that they should always seek professional assistance.
The RCM has said that a birth where no doctors or midwives are involved is inadvisable and says that the trend for such births is growing because of a shortage of midwives.
Although the government pledged that all pregnant women would be able to choose whether to have their child in a hospital, at home under supervision or at a centre led by midwives, Dame Karlene Davis, the general secretary of the RCM, claimed that those plans had not come to fruition.
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