Important Covid Information

At Private Midwives, we’re committed to following all Covid guidelines and protecting you.

Private Midwives position statement on mandatory Covid vaccinations:

In relation to the Department of Health and Social care decision on mandatory Covid vaccinations for all health care staff:

Private Midwives fully respects choice and individual autonomy. We are not forcing anyone to be vaccinated. We are not telling anyone they must be vaccinated. We treat all staff with compassion and kindness and we respect their individual choice. However the Department of Health and Social Care have stated that ALL care staff who have contact with patients must be vaccinated, with a first dose no later than 3rd Feb 2022 and the second dose by 31st March 2022. Since this announcement, the Care Quality Commission have made it very clear to us on a number of occasions, that in order for us to continue to provide our services, we are required to comply with the DHSC mandate.

In order to comply, as an organisation we would need to redeploy anyone who is not vaccinated into a non-patient facing role. We have undertaken an organisational review and as every Health Care Professional in our organisation has a clinical commitment, we have found no roles exist where patient contact is not required. It is therefore regrettable that this DHSC and CQC decision results in non-vaccinated health professionals being unable to work with us or any other CQC regulated care setting.

We have tried unsuccessfully to oppose the new legislation. We value every member of our team and want to continue working with them. However, currently we are in a position where only those health care professionals who are vaccinated will have a role within our organisation after 1st April. We appreciate this is upsetting for all and we have endeavoured to communicate all information at the earliest opportunities to enable all staff to make informed choices. We have offered 1:1 discussions to discuss anxieties and individual cases. We have offered support to all involved. We will continue to offer this support where required.

We will also take appropriate steps to minimise disruption to the women and families we care for. Any booked client who has been allocated a midwife who is not vaccinated, will be contacted by a member of our senior management team to explain the situation, discuss all possible options and agree a solution they are comfortable with.

We are thankful that currently, this vaccination requirement does not apply to our midwives in Ireland.

The Senior Management Team

Should I have the vaccine when I am pregnant?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that pregnant women are more at risk of severe COVID-19 disease. They are reminding pregnant women to have their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. They should not delay vaccination until after they have given birth. This is to protect them and their babies. In the UK, over 100,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and they have a good safety profile. These vaccines do not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines.

Vaccination is strongly recommended in pregnancy, but the decision whether to have the vaccine is your choice. You may find the following resources helpful:

Can I have the vaccine if I am breast feeding?

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines and cannot pass it to your baby through your breast milk. If you're breastfeeding, the vaccines you can have depends on your age:

  • if you're 40 or over, you can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines
  • if you're under 40 and do not have a health condition that increases your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, it's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines are preferable in people under 40 because of an extremely rare blood clotting problem linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

How are Private Midwives protecting their clients?

Please read our COVID Strategy

As you may be aware, the NHS is facing up to 50% staff absence due to Covid. This is in part due to staff contracting Covid from patients they care for. This has led to restrictions on services, banning of visitors and birth partners in some hospitals and a multitude of hospitals cancelling services – be that face to face appointments or home birth services.

Our absence rate is less that 5%. The reason is, we ask staff and clients to undertake a lateral flow test before a visit. We do not ask you to wear a mask, but our midwives do wear PPE to protect our clients during appointments. We believe, when our midwives are in your home for long periods of time -typically 1-2hrs per visit, it is important for the safety of you, our staff and our other clients that we have assurance that no-one is passing on the virus. The tests are freely available, free of charge, so we believe this small inconvenience is a small price to pay. In addition, we limit the number of clients our midwives see. Typically they are only visiting two families each day. This reduces the chance of passing the virus between people.

We have been able to continue to provide our service and for the past 21 months. Our approach has developed and evolved over time and it has worked extremely well for us. We have never cancelled any services to date. Our priority is the safety of all of our staff and all of our clients. We are saddened to read that for you, this is something you are not prepared to do and so we will not be providing your care.

Are all Private Midwives vaccinated?

At Private Midwives, we fully support informed choice. That is choice for you as our client, choice for the people who work with us, and choice for the organisation. However, as from 1st April 2022 it will be mandatory for all Health Care Professionals in England to have had 2 Covid vaccinations. This means their first dose must be given no later than 3rd Feb 2022. This is a decision taken by the Department of Health and Social care and enforced by the Care Quality Commission. It is not our decision. Please see attached VCOD document where this is explained.

Related Documents

We would recommend all potential and existing customers to read the following documents and guidelines: