The cost of temp midwifery staff at NHS Grampian has rocketed by 40% over the last four years, despite efforts to curb spending.
Mums-to-be in the Highlands are being invited to take part in a documentary to showcase the work of community midwifes in the north.
Expectant mothers could be facing a 68-mile detour to give birth due to a shortage of midwives in Aberdeen.
A north-east MSP has called on the Health Secretary to act after official figures showed the vacancy rate for nursing and midwifery staff across Scotland is at its highest ever reported.
Nursing and midwifery vacancies in NHS Grampian are the highest in the country, according to the latest government workforce figures.
A north-east midwife will go before watchdogs next month accused of administering a drug which caused more than 20 unborn babies to have an abnormal heartbeat.
The NHS Grampian health board will today be asked to approve a revised action plan aimed at tackling a shortage of nursing and midwifery staff in the north-east.