Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What is the midwife’s role? And supervisor of midwives role

What is a midwife? A midwife is a healthcare professional who is qualified to care for women during pregnancy, labor and after the baby is born. They also care for newborn babies until they are 28 days old, if necessary. Midwives provide care for all women and involve other members of the team, including doctors when necessary.
Midwives help women prepare for birth through antenatal education and provide advices about common problems. A nursing qualification is not necessary to become a midwife, although some midwives have one.
Midwife supervisor        
A supervisor of midwives is an experienced midwife who has had extra training and education to assist and support midwives in providing the best quality maternity care. Supervisors of midwives aim to make sure that you receive the best guidance and inform you about the right type of care for you. They are there to help and support you if you are having any problems with your care, or if you feel that your wishes and requests are not being considered.
The telephone number for your supervisor of midwives should be in your pregnancy information details (or hand-held notes), or you can call your hospital’s labor ward/birthing room or your local birth centre. Discussing issues with the supervisor of midwives will not affect your care or influence how you are further supported in your pregnancy, birth and aftercare.
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends and answers and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible. If you have any suggestions or complaints about your care, make contact with the PALS service based in hospitals in the first instance.

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