The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to launch a drive aimed to increase awareness of the role of supervisors of midwives.
Thousands of expectant mothers are to receive information about the additional support available to them through midwifery supervision, the regulator has announced.
A new leaflet Supervisors of midwives: How they can help you has been produced by the NMC to tell expectant parents about how to access additional support if they want it.
Over the coming year the leaflet will be distributed by the parenting club Bounty in its pregnancy information packs, which are given to 98% of expectant mothers in the UK. The leaflet will be included in Bounty packs for 12 months, starting in June.
NMC acting chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “Supervision supports mothers-to-be to have the birth experience they want. The supervisor of midwives is someone they can speak to if they have concerns about the care they are receiving.
“They play an important role in making sure the care women receive from their midwife is of a high standard, is right for them and meets their individual needs. They also make sure that it is given in the right place and by the right person.”
Supervisors of midwives are experienced practising midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives.