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.
Read the full document The Vision, November 2013