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Resources

Below you will find RCM and RCM accrediated resources which are available for you to view and download.


maternal emotional wellbeing and infant devMaternal Emotional Wellbeing and Infant Development

A Good Practice Guide for Midwives

This guide provides midwives with recent evidence about the impact of the mother’s emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and the transition to parenthood, and suggests the best ways to support healthy parent-infant relationships. Each section provides an overview of recent theory and research, and is followed by practical suggestions about how women might be supported.  A summary of the key messages is provided at the end of each section. It is recommended that this guide is used as a starting point for discussion between colleagues, and for further development of ideas to advance practice


Female Genital MutilationFemale Genital Mutilation: Report of a survey on midwives’ views and knowledge

The aim of this study was to elicit the views and opinions of practising midwife members of the RCM on a range of issues relating to Female Genital Mutilation, including their understanding of the law, the practice, knowledge of the communities they work with and their response to FGM, with the purpose of identifying educational, training and support needs relevant to the prevention of FGM and care of women with FGM.

 

 


Fathers GuideFathers Guide:  Top tips for involving fathers in Maternity Care

The RCM alongside the Fatherhood Institute, The RCOG and the DOH have produced the following publications which are intended to provide useful insight to all maternity service staff as to how they might best encourage the involvement of fathers throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and into fatherhood and family life.

It is envisaged that this document will increase awareness of the importance of fathers being engaged in maternity care as well as assisting local maternity services in the development of their own local practices and guidelines.


Fathers Guide: Reaching out involving fathers in Maternity CareFathers Guide : Reaching out involving fathers in Maternity Care

The RCM alongside the Fatherhood Institute, The RCOG and the DOH have produced the following publications which are intended to provide useful insight to all maternity service staff as to how they might best encourage the involvement of fathers throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and into fatherhood and family life.

It is envisaged that this  document will increase awareness of the importance of fathers being engaged in maternity care as well as assisting local maternity services in the development of their own local practices and guidelines in a handy tip format.


Survery of Midwives' current thinking about home birthSurvey of Midwives' current thinking about home birth

The survey was initiated as a strand of work within the RCM Campaign for Normal Birth (CNB) activities, in the context of continued debate about the safety and availability of home birth services.

Objectives of the survey include:

To gain a national picture of midwives’ current thinking about home birth
practice

To identify areas of concern by midwives and education and practice needs in this area


Student and Newly Qualified Midwives Employment Survey November 2011 

RCM Survey of Student Midwives 2011: UK National Survey

Including:

The experiences of the educational programme

Student midwives’ experience of the RCM

Professional networking behaviour

Key messages and recommendations

Experiences of student midwives during their midwifery education programme

Student midwives’ experience of the RCM and their networking behaviour


Research and Development Action PlanResearch and Development Action Plan 2011

The RCM recognises that research and development forms a critical part of the relationship between education, practice, policy and commissioning associated with evidence based midwifery.

Building on the internal research work of the RCM, this strategy is specifically designed to foster research relevant to midwifery, maternity care, mothers, babies and families. By partnering with expert research members, practitioners and the wider national and international midwifery and research communities, the RCM aims, through the introduction of this strategy to support the capacity and capability of midwives to conduct and implement research. As an outward facing plan, the strategy represents a series of goals that aim to further the RCM’s contribution to the midwifery and maternity service research agenda.


Labour and BirthRCM Midwives Survey of Positions used in Labour and Birth

A ‘snapshot’ of contemporary practice to gain a national picture of the positions being used in labour and birth, and  highlight areas for improvement and promote normal birth best practice and to gather data to provide individual services with specific feedback on their performance in encouraging women to labour and birth ‘off the bed’.

 

 

 


RCM Midwifery AuditRCM Audit of Midwifery Practice - Full Report

It is known that certain techniques and practices can impact positively or adversely on women’s experience of labour (RCM 2008)1 and that interventions should not be offered while labour is progressing normally. However, in an environment of constant change within maternity care and service delivery, the RCM recognised there was a lack of contemporary information on the activities that midwives undertook. In order to develop new material or address practice issues that could have optimum impact, RCM actioned this audit to explore midwives activities in antenatal, intranatal and postnatal care.

 


Socioeconomic Socioeconomic Value of the Midwife

A systematic review, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis and economic analysis of midwife-led models of care.

Work to date by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) indicates that investing in midwives and midwife-led care is central to delivering high quality maternity care. The purpose of this study is to provide a robust assessment of evidence for the clinical and socioeconomic effectiveness of midwife-led models of care. This will provide evidence of the quality and safety of midwife-led models of care and inform maternity care policy.

 


Sands audit tool for Maternity ServicesSands Audit Tool for Maternity Services - Caring for parents whose baby has died

`The Sands Audit Tool for maternity services: Caring for parents whose baby has died' has been developed to help those responsible for commissioning and providing maternity services to assess the quality of care they provide to bereaved parents, and identify any improvements that are needed.

Accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, the Audit Tool is based on standards set out by Sands in its widely acclaimed ‘Guidelines for professionals’ (2007) and by a range of professional organisations including the Royal College of Obstetricians, the Royal College of Pathologists, NICE and the Human Tissue Authority.


Working with humanitarian organisations: a guide for nurses, midwives and health care professionals.

Guide jointly developed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

 

 


RCM Position of Midwives' hands during the birth of the baby's headRCM - Report of a survey exploring the position of midwives' hands during the birth of the baby's head

This survey was carried out in October and November 2012 by the RCM and members of the RCM consultant midwives group. The RCM considered it valuable to take a ‘snapshot’ of contemporary practice to identify what midwives are currently doing with their hands during the birth of the baby. Through this the RCM could identify education, practice and training needs for midwives in this area.