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April 27, 2018


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 […]

October 15, 2017

Fundraising Update

With the Judicial Review going ahead next week, we are delighted to announce that we have hit our £40, 000 fundraising goal! We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated to the cause, and overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received. Due to the complexity of this case, and the amount of […]

June 23, 2017


IMUK are delighted to announce that Independent Midwives have secured a cost cap on challenging the NMC ruling preventing IMUK members from working and offering support and care to women and their families. Mr Justice Ouseley – a very senior High Court judge agreed that the case was of public interest, was arguable, was suitable […]

January 13, 2017

NMC decision regarding indemnity arrangements for IMUK members.

Our professional regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have issued a decision that the indemnity cover that our members rely on is not appropriate. The implication of that decision is that currently our members may no longer provide the midwifery care that their clients want and are unable to support them through labour and […]

February 16, 2016

End to Rubella Screening

From 1st April 2016 the rubella screening programme for pregnant woman is ending in England. The rationale to end screening for rubella susceptibility includes: rubella infection in the UK is at a level defined as eliminated by the World Health Organisation screening for rubella susceptibility in pregnancy does not give any protection to the unborn […]

March 23, 2015

Erika Thompson named ‘Community Midwife of the Year’ at British Journal of Midwifery Awards

IMUK is very proud to announce that Erika Thompson of Wessex Independent Midwives has been named ‘Community Midwife of the Year’ at this year’s British Journal of Midwifery awards, at a ceremony which took place in London tonight.   The award highlights the work of a Community Midwife who has provided outstanding maternity care for […]


February 28, 2015

Independent midwives shortlisted for British Journal of Midwifery Awards 2015

IMUK are very proud to announce that three of our members have been shortlisted for the prestigious British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) awards 2015. Angela Horler of North Surrey Midwives and Erika Thompson of Wessex Independent Midwives & Salisbury NHS Trust are both shortlisted in the Community Midwife of the Year category. This category highlights […]


February 10, 2015

British Journal of Midwifery – IMUK Back to the Future

Jacqui Tomkins, Chair of IMUK, looks to the future of independent midwifery in this month’s edition of the British Journal of Midwifery.  You can read the full article here. Many thanks to the British Journal of Midwifery for allowing us to republish here.  More information on this month’s edition is available on their website here.  

January 15, 2015

Jacqui Tomkins answers your questions LIVE on SMNET

IMUK’s Chair / BJM Midwife of the Year Jacqui Tomkins will be taking part in a live Q&A with student midwives at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd January on the SMNET website.   To ask questions or join the session on the night, click here.  We hope you can join us!  

January 6, 2015

Apply for NMC council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking to appoint two nurses or midwives to join its governing Council from 1 May 2015. The Council comprises six nurses or midwives, and six lay members, including the Chair. It includes members from each of the four countries of the UK. There are currently two vacancies for Council members, at least […]


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