With autumn fast approaching us and therefore the looming date in October where many independent midwives will no longer be able to support women for labour and birth; things may appear to be very uncertain for pregnant women and midwives.
There is much speculation and discussion in the media about the lack of insurance options available to enable independent midwifery to continue, there are however already 3 independent midwifery practices in the UK that have insurance; we are one of them.
UK Birth Centres was awarded full indemnity insurance in 2012, enabling us to give pregnant women choice about where they give birth and enabling us to work in true partnership with the NHS to provide care. The midwives who work with us have flexibility with their caseload and are able to practice in a way that keeps women-centred care at the very heart of what they do.
Because of the precarious position of insurance for many midwives wishing to continue to practice outside of the NHS, UK Birth Centres are offering the opportunity for midwives who wish to continue practicing privately/independently, to work with us. Through this offering midwives will be able to continue to decide their own caseload from the referrals passed to them, they will be fully insured to provide antenatal, intrapartum (labour and birth) and postnatal care, they will be covered under UK Birth Centres CQC registration (so no additional annual costs). Midwives will also be able to continue to offer care to women outside of any UK Birth Centre clients where insurance is not required, as part of their own established business. We do not ask for any fees to work with us, we will pay you for each episode of care you provide to women we have referred to you.
To find out more about us, how we work, how we can help please contact us to reserve your place at our Introductory Day on Monday 4th November…the end is not insight for independent midwifery just a new way of working!