Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA) are experienced practising midwives trained to support and guide midwives to deliver the best possible care. Every midwife will meet with a PMA at least once a year to support them in their role as a midwife and help equip them to deliver a high standard of care for you and your family.
Professional midwifery advocate Karen Griffin (second from left) with colleagues in North Mid's maternity service
What do Professional Midwifery Advocates do?
· Give guidance and support to both you and your midwife
· Ensure your care is appropriate and delivered, in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby.
· Help midwives to access additional education and training in practice as necessary.
How can professional midwifery advocates help you?
Our Professional Midwifery Advocates work closely with our two consultant midwives by:
· Listening and advocating on concerns you may have about your current midwifery care
· Talking to your midwife/obstetrician on your behalf if you are concerned about your plan of care
· Supporting and advising on care choices, eg. place of birth
· Enabling good communication between you and your midwife in relation to your care.
We are also developing a unique Birth Afterthoughts Service which will give women and their families an opportunity to explore their feelings about their birth experiences in the post natal period.
If you become pregnant and feel that you had a previous difficult birth experience, a PMA will work with you to address any issues you may have experienced, and can work with you to plan for your next birth.
How can I contact a Professional Midwifery Advocate?
You can email us at: Northmid.firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond to your email as soon as possible.
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