OSLO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Norway's health professionals fear there might be increased infant mortality as Norwegian mothers are sent home too early after child birth without well-provided maternity care by the municipalities, newspaper Dagbladet reported Monday.
"While hospitals continue to cut day care length, we see that the municipalities lack preparedness to take care of them and provide proper follow-up of mother and child. I fear we are about to see increased infant mortality," said Kirsten Jorgensen, political leader in the Norwegian Midwife Association.
The association estimated a lack of between 600 to 700 man-hours on a national basis for midwives work.
According to the report, the National Institute of Public Health stated that women stayed 3.2 full days in hospitals after birth in 2007, and only 2.7 days in 2016.
According to Ketil Stordal, leader of the Norwegian Society of Pediatricians, it is not problematic to return home earlier for most of the women, but there is a need of observation and time to catch danger signals.