What are Supervisor of Midwives and what do they do?
Supervisors of midwives (SoMs) help midwives provide safe care for you, your baby and your family. They make sure that the care you receive from your midwife is right for you and will meet your needs. They also make sure that it is given in the right place and by the right person.
SoMs are experienced midwives who have had additional training and education to enable them to help midwives provide the best quality midwifery care. They oversee the work of the midwives and meet with them regularly to ensure that high standards of care are provided. They also guide and support midwives in developing their skills and expertise.
All midwives must have a SoM. This includes those who work in independent or private maternity units and are self employed or independent midwives.
A SoM can offer guidance and support about any aspect of your midwifery care. This includes:
• Creating a comfortable and confidential environment for you to discuss your care with your midwife (for example, whether you would prefer to have your baby at home, in a birthing centre or in a hospital).
• Providing advice about the various options for care available to you and any support you may need during your pregnancy and birth.
• Monitoring the ability and behaviour of your midwife to ensure that she meets the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
• Listening to any concerns you may have about the level of care you have received from your midwife (for example, you may have concerns about your birthing experience) and then discussing these concerns with the midwife if appropriate.
You can find out more about SoMs by speaking to your One to One Midwife. Your One to One midwife can also give you the SoMs contact details if required.