Why choose an independent midwife?

• Probably the main reason women choose independent midwife care is because they want to know the midwife who looks after them during pregnancy, who will come into their home during labour and be there when they give birth and help them for the first month with caring for the new addition to the family.

Secondly women may make this choice because they want more time during their appointments to talk about all kinds of things.

They want to build a relationship with their midwife so they feel they can trust and rely on their care giver and feel safe and cared for during labour.

They want to be given the best available evidence possible for issues that arise and to make their own decisions.

Feel that they are getting the support they need should they be faced with difficult decisions. Midwives within the NHS may be unable to offer this support because of their local guidelines and conditions of employment.