My midwife isn't listening

If you have concerns or worries and your midwife is not listening to you or taking your concerns seriously, you can ask to see another member of the team, or go further if necessary.

If you are still worried that no one is listening to your concerns, contact the day assessment unit (DAU) within the maternity unit or alternatively seek advice by contacting a supervisor of midwives (SoM) through your maternity unit. The SoM is available 24 hours a day.

Read more about the role of the supervisor of midwives (SOM)

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Sources

Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, thirteenth edition, Edinburgh: Baillir̈e Tindall Elsevier, 2012

London Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Midwifery supervision and regulation: recommendations for change, London The Stationery office, 2013. Also available from:  http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/23484/Midwifery-supervision-and-regulation_-recommendations-for-change.pdf (accessed 6 May 2014)

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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