UPDATE: INDEPENDENT MIDWIVES AND BIRTH CARE
Following discussion and speculation on social media and elsewhere we would like to confirm that there are some alternative forms of insurance available to independent midwives (IMs).
This is very positive news and means that a good number of IMs can support women and families through birth. Please check on FIND A MIDWIFE and chat to your local IMs to find out their position.
Unfortunately the cost of the current insurance offer is such that it is not affordable to all IMs and there remain significant numbers of midwives who cannot work currently. This loss of expertise and reduced choice for women is very saddening.
IMUK is actively pursuing other insurance options with the aim of delivering an insurance solution that is affordable to all IMs so that we can get all our members back to work and increase the availability and choice for all the women and families that want this option.