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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 […]

December 12, 2017

Message to our Supporters

We are devastated to have to tell you all that our legal challenge of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been unsuccessful. The court has heard the evidence and decided that the NMC did not act unfairly, did not act unlawfully.  Sadly, we must accept that decision since we don’t have the resources to […]

October 27, 2017

Judicial Review, additional date added.

Our members and clients spent 2 days in the high court recently as part of a judicial review against the decision of the regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council. At the moment, the NMC’s decision effectively prevents our members from practising as independent midwives, and that will remain the position if the ruling is not […]

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 […]

October 12, 2017

NMC Judicial Review

IMUK will be supporting our members in court on 18th and 19th October in the forthcoming Judicial Review. The court is being asked to look at whether the Nursing & Midwifery council’s (NMC) decision around indemnity cover for our members was lawful and to rule that cover is adequate. The NMC ruled in December 2016 […]

August 16, 2017

IMUK’s Comments on Recent Guardian and Times Articles

The ill-informed and inflammatory reporting in the Guardian and the Times of the RCM’s decision to change the name of its campaign to the ‘Better Births Campaign’ and subsequent outrageous tweets from the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt risk undermining both women and the vital role of midwives as lead health care professionals supporting them. These […]

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 […]

June 10, 2017


On 13 June 2017, a ‘cost cap hearing’ will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. This is for the claim brought by a number of IMUK members against the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) to overturn their unfair ruling prohibiting IMUK member’s attendance for clients during their labour. This hearing will decide […]

May 5, 2017

IMUK Members Granted right to full Judicial Proceedings

IMUK are pleased to announce some great news today, on the International Day of the Midwife, in relation to the judicial review proceedings against the NMC. A senior judge has today granted the individual members, who are bringing the case to overturn the NMC’s wrongful ruling, the right to proceed to full Judicial Proceedings. This […]

May 5, 2017

IMUK Wins MaMa Award

At last week’s MaMa awards, IMUK picked up the award for best service provider!   We are hugely proud of the service our members provide and the quality of care they give, so this accolade means a great deal to us, particularly in light of our current situation. Board Member’s Heather Berry and Kay Hardy […]

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