Supervisor's of Midwives

What is a Supervisors of Midwives and what do they do?

Supervisors of Midwives are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken a period of additional training. They work within a team of supervisors who are appointed by the LSA. This is an impartial role, which is separate from local management structures. Supervision of midwifery is a statutory requirement, which has been in existence since the Midwives Act of 1902: all midwives by law have to have a named supervisor of midwives.

The purpose of supervision of midwives is to protect women, babies and midwives by actively promoting excellence in midwifery care. Supervisors of midwives have a role in advising and supporting women and midwives within maternity services; advocating for the right of all women to make informed choices and providing additional advice to women who are or have had difficulties in achieving their preferences during their pregnancy journey and transition to parenthood.

Supervisors of midwives have a responsibility to promote childbirth as a normal physiological event and to work in partnership with women; creating opportunities for them to engage actively with all involved with childbirth.

Supervisors of midwives give women the opportunity to ‘ have a voice’ to influence the development of local maternity services which responds to the needs of the community.

How can Supervisors of Midwives help you?

H ere for you:You are always able to speak to a Supervisor of Midwives for advice, support or guidance

E mpowerment: A Supervisor of Midwives should help to empower you to enable you to make informed choices about your pregnancy journey

L isten and debrief: A Supervisor of Midwives is there to listen to you and help to support you in your decision making. Sometimes a Supervisor of Midwives will help you to understand and make sense of events that happened during your pregnancy or birth

P roactive/planning pregnancy: A Supervisor of Midwives is proactive and believes in the natural birth process – is involved in training to help midwives provide effective care for women. A Supervisor of Midwives will help you to plan care for your pregnancy and birth in conjunction with the wider health care team if needed

Y ou’re in control: This is your pregnancy – you are in control of your birth experience and the Supervisor of Midwives is here to support you

O pportunities: The Supervisor of Midwives will help you and guide you to look at alternative opportunities to achieve a positive pregnancy and birth experience. The Supervisor of Midwives is also there to ensure opportunities for midwives to develop and enhance their practice

U nderstanding: The Supervisor of Midwives is there to help you to understand what is or has happened during your pregnancy, birth or postnatal period. The Supervisor of Midwives is there to act as an umbrella to help protect you ensuring safe care is provided that is based on up-to-date evidence

Supervisors of Midwives are here to help you find the answers to your questions and concerns about any aspect of your care that you are unhappy with

How to contact a Supervisor of Midwives

You can contact a One to One Supervisor of Midwives by the following methods:

Calling the following number:-0330 330 9121

By email:

By post: C/O Supervisor of Midwives, Bidston and St James Children Centre, 344 Laird Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 7AL

Or you can contact your Local Supervising Authority (LSA):

North West region: Dee Davies (NW LSA Midwifery Officer)

LSA Midwifery Officer for NHS North West: Dee Davies

North West Local Supervising Authority
Enterprise House
Shap Road

Tel: 01539 797815

By email:



Midlands and East region: Joy Kirby

NHS England - Midlands and East Office
2 - 4 Victoria House
Capital Park
CB21 5XB

Tel: 01138 253184

By e-mail:

One to One Midwives LSA Annual Audit 2015 One to One Midwives LSA Annual Audit 2015 (1337 KB)

One to One Midwives LSA Annual Audit 2016 One to One Midwives LSA Annual Audit 2016 (619 KB)