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SSAFA'S SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES ARE HERE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH HELP AND SUPPORT.

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How supervision and supervisors of midwives can help you

 

WHO ARE SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES?

Supervisors of midwives are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named supervisor of midwives.

 

HOW CAN SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES HELP ME?

Whilst the supervisor will support the midwife in the care she gives you, the supervisor can additionally help you by:

  • Listening and advocating on concerns about the care you have received from your midwife. Supervisors will talk to your midwife if you are concerned or unhappy
  • Supporting and advising you and your midwife in your care choices, for example place of birth
  • Creating an environment that facilitates effective communication between you and your midwife about your care
  • Discussing and debriefing with you if you are unhappy with your birth outcome or treatment. If you have had a difficult or traumatic birth, a supervisor can go through your notes and discuss your experience with you if you feel you are unable to do this with your midwife
  • Protecting the public by promoting safe practice and investigating concerns of health, competence, behaviour or misconduct of midwives. Supervisors can implement remedial action through supervised practice or referral to the local supervising authority (LSA) and the midwives regulatory body , the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Responding to your complaints or concerns which may include assisting with issues such as staff attitudes, behaviour and care received. Discussing your concerns with a supervisor does not prevent you from undertaking a formal complaints procedure with your maternity care provider or with the NMC

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SUPERVISOR OF MIDWIVES?

Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you. They support the practice of midwives and ensure that the care offered is right for you, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby. They act as positive role models for midwives, guiding and supporting them in developing their skills and expertise.

 

WHAT DO SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES DO?

Supervisors of midwives develop and maintain safe practice to ensure protection of you, your baby and family. They meet regularly with midwives and ensure a high standard of care is provided.

The supervisors are independent of the employer and often work in a team. Their role is different from the midwifery manager who is responsible to the employer to make sure that maternity services run effectively. The supervisor of midwives is accountable to the local supervising authority (LSA) and is supported in their role by the local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMO).

 

HOW DO I CONTACT A SUPERVISOR OF MIDWIVES?

A supervisor of midwives should be available 24 hours a day and can be contacted via the on-call or duty midwife. If you have any problems contacting a supervisor ask the duty midwife to inform the LSA office and ask them to call you. Alternatively you can access contact details of LSA midwifery officers in the UK on the NMC website at www.nmc-uk.org. The LSAMO will be able to provide you with further information on how to contact a supervisor of midwives in your area.

 

SSAFA SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES

CYPRUS Fiona Donaldson-Myles

BRUNEI Alison McMullin

GERMANY Yvonne Stevens

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