Future midwife

We've launched our consultation on the future of midwifery.

Find out how you can respond to the consultation


Why we need to develop new standards for the future midwife

The context in which midwives practice is constantly changing, meaning they need to deal with more wide-ranging challenges than ever before to provide better and safer care.

The profile of pregnant women is changing, their birthing choices have never been more diverse and this (and more) is placing greater demands on what a midwife needs to know to practice safely and effectively at the point of registration.

To make sure that the midwives of the future are ready for the challenges ahead, we’re reviewing and working to future-proof the standards of proficiency for registered midwives.

The draft standards, informed by the best evidence and developed in partnership with midwives, mothers, families and other health professionals, set out the proposed knowledge and skills the next generation of midwives will need to know so that they can deliver world class care in communities across the UK.  

We've asked Professor Mary Renfrew, Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of Dundee and  internationally respected academic in the field of midwifery, to lead this vital piece of work.

Watch this video of  Mary talking about our future midwife programme

What we’ve done so far

From May to July 2018 we engaged with over 600 people from a broad range of key interest groups. We've held workshops across the UK, focus groups, forums, a roundtable discussion and numerous webinars.

Where we are now

Through our collaboration with such a wide range of groups and individuals, we’re developing draft standards of proficiency. At its meeting in November 2018, our Council approved a public consultation on these draft standards and this was launched 12 February 2019.  

During the public consultation, we’ll be holding events across the country as well as a series of webinars and Twitter chats to hear your views.

What we'd like you to do

Have your say, respond to our consultation.

View our timeline of key stages.

How to get more involved

You can sign up to our Virtual Thought Leadership Group to receive updates on our progress and invites to upcoming engagement opportunities.

You can also follow us on Twitter and check for updates using #FutureMidwife.

Join us at upcoming events.