SAMPLE LETTER (please use as much as you choose to or write your own)
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I am writing as I hope you will be able to help me with a matter that is very close to my heart and one which I believe has very serious implications for pregnant women and their babies in this country. All independent midwives in this country were sent a letter from the Chief Nursing Officer outlining proposed legislation making it a legal requirement for all independent midwives to have professional indemnity insurance (PII) in order to be able to practice. At present this is not the case, and, as there is NO PII available to independent midwives, this legislation in effect means that independent midwives will be committing a criminal offence if they continue to offer care to pregnant and birthing mothers.
STATE YOUR PERSONAL INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE. IF YOU ARE A PRESENT OR PAST CLIENT PLEASE PUT IN HERE A FEW SENTENCES ABOUT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE.( YOU MAY LIKE TO ADD YOUR BABY’S FIRST NAME FOR PERSONAL IMPACT.) IF YOU HAD PREVIOUS BAD OR DISAPPOINTING CARE YOU MAY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE MAIN POINTS. IF YOU HAD TO BUDGET TO PAY FOR THE FEE OF AN INDEPENDENT MIDWIFE SAY IT CLEARLY. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT INSURANCE WAS DISCUSSED AND WHY DESPITE ITS ABSENCE YOU MADE AN INFORMED CHOICE TO GO AHEAD AND BOOK THE MIDWIFE.
Independent midwives practise outside the NHS, usually not because of a desire to have private clients but because it has become increasingly difficult within the NHS to provide the standard of woman-centred, autonomous midwifery practice they wish to give. They are specialists in normal birth and use midwifery skills unfettered by Trust policy and protocols, which are often obstetric-led and therefore focus on the abnormal. They support women who want a normal birth for their breech baby or twins. They provide care for women who want to give birth at home after a previous caesarean. These skills are getting more and more lost through the general medicalisation of childbirth.
Independent midwives are subject to the same requirements as any midwife to practise within the Nurses’ and Midwives’ Council (NMC) Rules and Code of Conduct and they fulfil the same requirements of professional updating and supervisory reviews.
The Independent Midwives Association hold a database that shows their excellent outcomes for mothers and babies. In the way they provide care they fulfill the ‘Gold Standard of Maternity Care’ that the government has set. It isn’t insurance that helps keep babies and mothers safe but good midwifery care.
I want a choice about how I give birth and who I have with me to support that birth, and I believe this should be a fundamental right for all women. With this legislation the government are taking away our choice. I don’t want to feel that the only choice that I am left with under this new legislation, is to just go it alone and birth unsupported and in infinitely more risky circumstances than before.
If the Government want to change the law they need to ensure that affordable insurance is available to independent midwives.
I await your response and hope very much that you will be able to support this cause,