WHAT WE DO

Midwifery Matters magazine

We produce a quarterly magazine, Midwifery Matters, which is our line of communication between members and also from ARM to others concerned with maternity care. It includes reports from meetings, conferences and events and local groups take turns in providing main features which may sometimes illustrate a common theme.

Midwifery Matters

Local Meetings

We host local meetings which members are encouraged to attend. These meetings give an opportunity to connect with midwives who want to provide woman-centred care regardless of setting. Members say they really value meeting with like-minded people and sharing the challenges, heartbreaks and joys that always come along with childbirth. The meetings are also a place to organise local events and campaigns including protests against service cuts, and celebrations of good maternity care. We welcome midwives, student midwives, retired midwives, doulas, mums, dads, childbirth educators and anyone interested in our vision. If there isn’t a group near you, we can help you to start one and provide support while the group gets going.

National Meetings

We meet regularly to exchange views, hear of developments in maternity care and share our skills with each other. Members are encouraged to bring along non-member colleagues and friends. Meetings, which are open to all who are concerned about maternity care, are held every three months, usually on the third Saturday or Sunday in March, June and September and the first Saturday in December. The September meeting is the AGM. Venues vary around the UK to give everyone a chance to attend during the year, and are advertised in Midwifery Matters.

Conferences

We host affordable conferences on a range of subjects which aim to disseminate information and provide networking opportunities for student midwives, midwives, other health professionals and childbearing women and their families.

Campaigning

We are involved at local and national level with campaigns relating to our belief that midwifery matters. At local level, members find networking and support for campaigns including the protection and development of midwifery-led units and midwifery education issues. At national level in the UK we have been involved in many important campaigns including the movement for continuity of care and carer in midwifery. Our current major campaign is the ‘Save the Midwife’ campaign

Extensive Support Network

Our members have the opportunity to meet together for support and inspiration to keep our passion strong. We also have the Midwives’ Haven for members experiencing workplace issues.

Library and Archive

We have an extensive library of articles relating to midwifery and birth which are accessible to all. Our members have the additional benefit of access to all previous Midwifery Matters magazines, plus an exclusive valuable archive of midwifery wisdom.

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