Women in Stockholm County have been forced to deliver babies in waiting rooms, sometimes with no access to pain medicine. Some have been told to go to other hospitals, sometimes in other counties, because there is not enough space at birthing centers in Stockholm County. Now midwives in the county say they have had enough. They are protesting what they call “unsustainable” working conditions.
In an open letter to politicians, decision makers, and employers, the midwives write that they can no longer be responsible for patient safety. Radio Sweden speaks to Kristina Ågren Silfer, a midwife at Karolinska hospital in Solna, and Henrik Almkvist, medical director of Stockholm County council.