There are more than 40 midwifery vacancies in hospitals in the north west, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
There are 30 midwifery and 70 nursing vacancies in Sligo University Hospital.
In Letterkenny University Hospital, there are 12 midwife vacancies, and two in management roles.
The INMO is now calling for the HSE’s recruitment ban has to go.
It says that overall throughout the country, 1,317 funded nursing and midwifery posts are left vacant in acute hospitals due to the ban.
Most graduating nurses and midwives haven’t received offers or contracts and are being turned away from understaffed hospitals.
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha says the talent is there, but the jobs aren’t: