SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
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:
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