Earlier this month, the NMC approved the ‘Future Midwife Standards’, the product of two years of research and surveys amongst staff and trainees.

The new standards focus on continuity of care of mother and baby as well as placing considerable emphasis on mental health issues during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.

The aim is to ensure that, in the future, midwifery training will provide the knowledge, skills and ability to support pregnant and new mothers and their babies throughout the maternity period. Respecting and promoting the voice and the rights of the mother is to play a central role in determining her care as are her mental health and any additional needs.

There is also a focus on nurturing the long-term health of both mother and baby.

The midwife is to take a lead in ensuring effective and appropriate communication between those services required by women during and after pregnancy as part of their role in continuity of care.

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