Midwifery Care in the UK is Changing (and not for the better!)
Today I spoke to Katherine Hales who is the National Coordinator for the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM). She has been a practising midwife for over 25 years and is passionate about the feminist and political implications deriving from childbearing and motherhood and she is a keen campaigner for women’s rights in childbirth.
I reached out to a group of midwives for some clarity – as a non-midwife myself – because I was totally confused with the situation currently affecting women due to give birth in the UK. Although I was more familiar with the issues affecting independent midwifery, what I didn’t really know a lot about was the change taking place in the governance and supervision of midwives throughout the NHS and private companies too.
The legislation underlying midwifery practice has changed this year making it more difficult in many cases for midwives to support women’s choice. The ARM have started to campaign to improve or change the regulatory body (The Nursing and Midwifery Council – NMC) which many believe does not understand the distinct role of the midwife nor the midwives role as an advocate for women and in protecting women’s rights. This lack of understanding has been demonstrated by the lack of NMC interest in the legislative changes and in recent guideline statemenst they have released.
So, in this episode, Katherine explains what’s going on.
The content of this episode is something that all women need to understand.
Because, it affects us, and our daughters! What happens today will affect tomorrow.
So, listen up, and see how you can help change things!
Please also consider support the ARM, here’s what Katherine had to say about the group:
The Association of Radical Midwives is a charity which supports midwives and women to obtain and give the kind of care they would like. Please donate to our campaign or join our organisation. Our next event in a national meeting and study day in Swindon Wiltshire on June 17 th and our AGM and annual retreat in Monmouthshire week beginning 16 th September 2017. All are welcome to join our friendly and dynamic group – you don’t have to be a midwife!.
The Facebook group – Save Independent Midwifery #SaveTheMidwife