Guest Blog by Rachel Gardner of Forging Families
This is the most important thing I have ever written, and I implore you to read it and act upon it by answering these two questions in this government questionnaire.
This is not about labour or conservatives, this is about midwives and women and birth and about saving women’s choice in birth and about saving the midwives who support these changes.
Please get involved and get others involved. The deadline is 17th June. ACT NOW.
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONNAIRE YOU COULD EVER COMPLETE.
This questionnaire is here:
It is for professionals and the public but is worded in such a way that most members of the public would not fully understand what is being asked.
There are two questions that you MUST answer. The rest of the questions you can skip but the first two please respond too, and then submit your questionnaire to the government.
Question 1 is:
Do you agree that this additional tier of regulation for midwives should be removed?
This question is referring to the role of Supervisor of Midwives. Supervisor of midwives role is to protect women’s choice, and women’s choice regarding their birth is one the most important things in maternity. Supervisors of Midwives support women choosing birth outside of ‘policy’ or outside of specific guidelines.
Without the role of Supervisor of Midwives the potential is for Trusts to refuse to care for women choosing care outside box guidelines and there will be no protection or support for midwives providing care in these instances.
This would be a catastrophe for maternity care and for women and for choice in birth.
Midwifery supervision brings challenge to Trusts when advocating for the safety of women. This is a healthy level of challenge ensuring Trusts management maintain women’s safety as the focus of their care, enabling women’s choices to be listened to and respected. SoMs also work collaboratively across trusts sharing best practice, completing external investigations and providing “fresh eyes” on midwifery practice. All this has the potential to be lost with the removal of the regulatory function of Supervisors of Midwives.
Do we agree with this happening? No, no no!
Question 2 is:
Do you agree that the current requirement in the NMC’s legislation for a statutory Midwifery Committee should be removed?
Considering the NMC stands for Nursing and Midwifery Council there is poor representation by midwives in the council. If the midwifery Committee is to be removed from the NMC the voice of midwives will become weaker than ever. Someone has to protect the function and role of a midwife or it will be lost forever. Allied health professionals are not just nurses in the same way as midwives are not just nurses. This is like physiotherapists being regulated by radiographers. It just doesn’t make sense. The professions although within health are completely different.
Should we remove midwives from the Nursing and MIDWIFERY Council? No, no, no!