MIDWIVES AND MOTHERS UNDER THREAT: Midwives demand real representation and separate professional regulation.
The Association of Radical Midwives is seriously concerned about the gradual dismantling of midwifery legislation, and the lack of midwifery leadership and representation within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC midwifery committee is disbanded and the Midwives Rules gradually reduced and repealed. Statutory Supervision of Midwives and the role of LSAMO end in March 2017. Independent self-employed midwives have been given little support or guidance about professional indemnity insurance leaving them and their clients with an uncertain future.
From April 2017, midwives will be under the leadership of the Chief Nurse for England and similar arrangements will be made in the other countries of the Union. Having tried to address our concerns with Chief Executive of the NMC, without meaningful dialogue, we conclude that we have no alternative but to demand separate regulation for midwives as recommended by the law commission. At present the NMC neither represents midwives nor safeguards childbearing women.
The Association of Radical Midwives calls upon all interested organisations representing mothers and midwives to join us in launching the campaign #savethemidwife.
Are you alarmed by the legislative changes occurring within the midwifery profession? Would you like to meet up with other midwives of like mind? Wigan have chosen these and other threats to debate at their annual study day ‘Midwifery: A Profession under threat?’Great speakers include Baroness Cumberlege, Mary Renfrew and Billie hunter. Just £45 for ARM members, (£55 non members) or £20 for student ARM members (£25 non members). Booking form March 18th 2017
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In 1986 ARM published The Vision which showed ARM’s vision for the future of the maternity services. Much of what we said in 1986 found its way into government policy in documents such as Changing Childbirth (1993) and from there to Maternity Matters (2006).
We have revisited our original Vision in the light of the Birthplace Study (National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, 2011) and in the context of the new Commissioning framework for the NHS. In ARM’s New Vision for Maternity Care we look forward to the time when our Vision will be fully implemented, with local maternity care as recommended by the RCOG and women having the opportunity to have a midwife who will be with them all along the way of their journey to motherhood. The new Commissioning Framework offers the chance for woman-centred care based in the community which, apart from experimental schemes, has not been seen since the days of Call the Midwife.
Mothers will have the care they want from a midwife whom they know and once again midwives will be able to practise the woman-centred care for which they were trained/educated.
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The ARM Helpline is for the use of both users and providers of maternity care.
Please ring our helpline on 07971423351 to be put in touch with a midwife who has either been through an investigation personally or who has provided support to those who have been through an investigation
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