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Core membership

Core membership

The RCM offers three core membership categories:

Full membership

Open to any qualified midwife who has at some time registered a midwifery qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and as a result is on the appropriate part or parts of the register for their sphere of practice.*

Student midwife

Open to those on a midwifery qualification course recognised by the NMC, at the reduced rate from the start of the student membership to three months after the expected date of completion of training. Please note that after this period you will be automatically transferred onto the newly qualified rate (which is currently £10.37 per month).

The RCM continues to develop its services to members and we therefore need to keep up-to-date contact information to inform you of these improvements. We also need to advise you in advance of when your reduced rate is due to expire. If your details do change, or you become aware of any change to your expected date of completion of training, please email membership@rcm.org.uk or call 0300 303 0444 as soon as possible.

Maternity support worker

Open to those employed in a role which supports midwives in the care of childbearing women, the newborn and their family (e.g. a maternity support worker, maternity care assistant, nursery nurse working in maternity or similar role supporting midwives).
Find out more about MSW membership>

Benefits of membership

Midwives magazine sent to you quarterly, which contains the latest news, in-depth articles and analysis.
Evidence based midwifery, which is published quarterly and aims to promote the dissemination, implementation and evaluation of midwifery evidence at local, national and international levels.
Employment relations advice and representation*****
Legal advice and representation****
Ensure you’re covered with £5million Medical malpractice insurance.
Access to i-learn and i-folio which includes over 100 free courses, from 10-minute updates to longer leadership modules.
Access to the latest clinical practice and guidelines
Access to their local regional/national officers
Workplace representatives
24-hour helpline
Access to RCM library and databases

Access to either member prices or free places at our face to face courses and online webinars to support your learning.

*Student Midwife members are entitled to RCM advice, support and representation for issues that arise in their  maternity placement. This will be through the RCM Workplace Representative who may seek advice from the National/Regional Officer. The NUS will provide representation in the University.

**We can only assist with queries that occur during your membership and may be unable to help with anything that predates this or occurred during a break in your membership.

Subscription costs


Cost per month

Cost annually

Fully qualified midwife



Student midwife



Maternity support worker



Claiming tax relief on your registration fee

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can claim tax relief on your annual registration fees. You could be eligible for at least 20% refund on your RCM registration fee (depending upon your tax band). This is in addition to your NMC registration fee.

To find out more, click here.

Increase in the flat rate expense allowance for healthcare sector workers

Certain healthcare employees who need to wear a uniform or specialised clothing for work and pay for the cost of laundering the uniform themselves are entitled to tax relief for this expense. 

To find out more, click here.

You can join us now

If you are an existing member of the RCM and would like to change your membership category (for example, you would like to change from an MSW to midwife) please call RCM connect on 0300 303 0444.


You can join us today using one of the following options:

Hear from existing members on why they have joined the RCM

Catherine Cracknell, student, explains why she joined the RCM

Catherine Cummings, HoM and midwife explains why she joined the RCM