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Aims of supporting midwives and women

 What is a Professional Midwifery Advocate?


  • Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA) are experienced midwives with additional training, to enable them to support the practice and professional development of midwives. They are appointed by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust maternity services.
  • PMA’s support and guide midwives so they can deliver consistent, high quality, safe maternity care.
  • They provide a service for midwives to receive provide restorative clinical supervision.  This is concerned with the emotional wellbeing of staff
  • They look after the staff so that they can look after you
  • The group take on quality improvement projects for patient benefit and support midwives to take personal action for quality improvement by supporting their development.  

How Professional Midwifery Advocates can Help You

PMA’s can:

  • Support  and empower your midwife to advocate for you to plan your pregnancy care and plan for the birth of your baby for example, whether you would prefer to have your baby at home, in a birthing centre or in a hospital but are being recommended something different
  • Work with Leicester Maternity Voices partnership to ensure women's experiences of maternity services are listened to
  • Contribute  a Birth reflections ‘listening’ service which may include reflecting on a recent pregnancy or wanting to talk through a previous experience, because you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant again. We answer any questions that arise and follow up any issues that will improve our service 
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