The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published new guidance to help midwives and their mangers to better meet the needs of responding to women’s wishes for a specific midwife to be present at their birth.
Facilitating women’s choice of midwife: Practical approaches to managing with flexibility; was produced by the RCM in response to requests for help from members.
The RCM recognises that while it is important to accommodate women’s wishes, it can be a challenge within the constraints of running an efficient service and managing shift patterns.
RCM developed the guidance on how requests can be facilitated by consulting widely amongst midwives and also sought input from the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts, one of the local supervising authority midwifery officers, and the NHS England maternity lead.
Read the full overview here
Read the full guidance here