baby boom

I couldn't resist the trite title. Fretting about 'Britishness' seems to be at heart of what it means to be British. It has a familiar feel to it in our media, and not just the tabloids...
A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission
The country's housing crisis will deepen due to a failure to build enough homes to cope with a baby boom in the last decade
The Duchess of Cambridge's "straight, cute" nose has inspired a plastic surgery trend - with the number of "Kate" requests
Sales of home fertility monitors and pregnancy tests have soared by 60 per cent since the Duchess of Cambridge announced
Our number-crunching, for the year 2011, suggests that England is short of as many as 5,000 midwives. Progress on midwife numbers since the turn of the century reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I just hope that, as in the case of that fable, the tortoise ends up winning.
The biggest baby boom in 40 years is expected just as maternity cutbacks hit hospitals. New figures suggest more than 700,000
The number of children in England's primary and nursery schools is set to soar by 18% in the next eight years, official figures
Around 2,000 primary schools need to be built to provide children born during a 'mini baby boom' with an education, Labour
The numbers of children at primary school are expected to rise by a fifth over the coming decade, official figures suggest
Mums are getting older. The number of births to women (and girls) under 20 is down in all four parts of the UK. In Scotland there are now fewer births to teenage mums than in any year since 1952.
The bottom line is that whether we like it or not, our decision-making, even if it does feel natural, is influenced by pressure.
If the tabloids are looking for the real story here, it is not about teenage mums or even twentysomething grandparents, it is the baby boom, and the extreme pressure that is now placing on midwives and the care they provide.