This guidance provides midwives with high-quality evidence for caring for women during labour and birth. It provides an accessible version of evidence-based recommendations for all aspects of labour and birth, and it’s hoped that it will enable an inclusive approach to support women receiving midwifery care in the UK. Midwifery care makes a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of childbearing women and their families.
Baby Lifeline has published An investigation into Maternity training for frontline professionals across the UK (2017/18). This report provides an overall picture of maternity training in the UK and reviews the extent to which existing guidance and recommendations on maternity training are being followed by NHS Trusts.
Download the report and the infographic here
The Royal College of Midwives has published State of Maternity Services Report 2018 – England (pdf). This report provides an overview of some of the ‘big picture’ trends that are taking place in the midwifery workforce and identifies some of the challenges that face the profession and maternity services. This year the RCM has published individual reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Read the full report here
Additional link: RCM press release
NHS England has published Leading change, adding value: learning tool to support all nursing, midwifery and care staff. This document provides details of the Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) framework and supports all nursing, midwifery and care staff to identify and address unwarranted variation in practice – recognising unequal standards of care and changing them.
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The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that the majority of pregnant women will receive care from the same midwives throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth by 2021. The first step towards achieving this will see 20% of women benefiting from a ‘continuity of carer’ model by March 2019. To help achieve this, the NHS plans to train more than 3,000 extra midwives over 4 years. There will be 650 more midwives in training next year, and planned increases of 1,000 in the subsequent years.
Read the news story in full here
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published The progress and outcomes of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives through the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s fitness to practise process. This report examines progress and outcomes of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives through the Fitness to Practise process of the NMC. Key findings show that BME midwives and nurses are more likely to be referred to the NMC than their white counterparts, however they are less likely to be struck off or suspended than white colleagues.
Read the NMC press release here
Read the full report here
NHS England has published A-EQUIP a model of clinical midwifery supervision. This document describes the new model of midwifery supervision for advocating and educating for quality improvement (A-EQUIP). Part 4 of the document includes implementation guidance for commissioners to help them understand the commissioning requirements for the Professional Midwifery Advocate role and the deployment of the A-EQUIP model.
Read the full document here