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Baby boom hospital needs midwives

A hospital in Essex which attracts many expectant mothers from areas outside the county is aiming to boost its team of dedicated midwives.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow claims the number of babies born in the past year has increased by 15%.

It said women and their partners came from as far away as central London.

Wendy Matthews, associate director, said: "Our midwifery team has a great reputation with local mothers and now word is spreading."

A recruitment drive has been set up to bring in more midwifery staff to the hospital.

Ms Matthews said: "We are proud of the fact that midwives want to come and work with us in Harlow and West Essex.

"We are also pleased that many midwives join our team and stay with us a long time."

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