What is a Professional Midwifery Advocate?
Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMAs) are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional training.
Professional midwifery advocates work for women in three ways:
Supporting midwives to advocate for women
Providing direct support for women
Undertaking quality improvement in collaboration with women
How Professional Midwifery Advocates can help you:
We can support you and your midwife to plan your pregnancy care and plan for the birth of your baby.
We can discuss in collaboration with your midwife the most appropriate choices for you and your baby.
We can help to resolve any disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner.
We can talk to you if you are unhappy about your birth outcome or treatment.
We can listen to any concerns you may have about your maternity care and take action if it is felt to be appropriate
Our team of professional midwifery advocates work in a wide range of practice areas providing a range of skill and expertise.
How to contact a Professional Midwifery Advocate
The email is checked daily during the working week. Emails received out of office hours, for example at the weekends/bank holidays, will be answered the next working day. You may use the email for positive feedback about your midwifery care.
If you have had a difficult birth experience, you may wish to contact the Trust's Birth After Thoughts service on firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaving your full name, address date and place of delivery. This service will arrange a meeting with an experienced midwife who will go through your notes and discuss your birth experience with you.
Useful phone numbers
Urgent issues contact:
Midwifery Led Units:
- St Peter's Unit QEQM: 01843 235100
- Singleton Unit WHH: 01233 651868
- Canterbury Maternity Day Care: 01227 783105
- Dover Maternity Day Care: 01304 222523
- QEQM Maternity Day Care: 01843 234483
- WHH Maternity Day Care: 01233 616638
NMC - Nursing & Midwifery Council
RCOG Patient Information leaflets
National Institute for Clinical Excellence - NICE guidance for Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth
NCT - National Childbirth Trust