Information for women and families
Supervisors of Midwives provide professional leadership, support, advice and guidance on practice issues. In addition, supervisors encourage further development of skills and knowledge to ensure midwives comply with the Midwives Rules whilst also maintaining safe practice.
Supervisors of Midwives (SoM) can offer guidance and support for you and your family. A SoM will:
- Support and advise you and your midwife in your care choices, e.g. place of birth.
- Create an environment that facilitates effective communication.
- Listen and act as advocate if there are concerns about the standard of care received.
- Discuss and debrief with you if you are unhappy about your birth outcome or treatment - if you have had a difficult or traumatic birth a supervisor can go through your notes and discuss your experiences with you.
A Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours per day and can be contacted as follows:
Conquest Hospital - Tel: (01424) 755255
Eastbourne DGH - Tel: (01323) 417400