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Typically a midwife is a (usually female) practitioner who will work in partnership with women and their families to give support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.
In the UK Midwives work both alone and with a range of other health professionals - as best meets the need of the women and families that they care for.
As well as in hospitals, midwives work in the community and in stand-alone birth centres.
Some midwives work within the NHS, others within private health care systems and some have their own businesses on a self-employed basis.
All midwives practising in the UK must be registered with the NMC and are expected to demonstrate high standards of practice. There are currently over 35,000 qualified midwives on the NMC Register.
RESPONSIBLE/REGULATING BODIESThe Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) : www.nmc-uk.org
Independent Midwives UK : www.independentmidwives.org.uk
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