There are around 40,000 pregnant women currently in Gaza with an estimated 170 births a day, according to the charity CARE International who delivers aid to the area.
Many births are taking place at home or en route to the hospital as pregnant women can’t get there. If they do, they face wards filled to overcapacity with wounded patients.
Last week the charity had to cancel distributions due to heavy bombing of Gaza City. It had been planning to distribute emergency medical supplies, baby food and blankets for newborns in shelters.
Dr Peter Carter, the RCN’s general secretary, has praised the efforts of nursing staff working in Gaza and Israel.
‘In the midst of the bombings, rocket attacks and the fighting nurses in Israel and Gaza are working round-the-clock shifts to treat the wounded and tend the dying. By doing so, you have shown yourselves to be a credit to your communities and to your profession,’ he wrote.