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October 21, 2021

Making the move

Making The Move workshops are run by established Independent Midwives (IMs) who are self-employed members of IMUK (Independent Midwives UK). We are dedicated and passionate about providing excellence in maternity care. Check out our main website for more info and the latest updates on Independent Midwifery in the UK. Some  feedback comments from Midwives who […]

June 21, 2021

Statement on the Withdrawal of Professional Indemnity Insurance

IMUK is sad to have to report the withdrawal of commercial professional indemnity insurance (PII) for self employed midwives from the 30th of June 2020. In 2014 the UK government implemented a European Directive to compel all healthcare professionals to hold appropriate PII for the scope of their practice. The Government was notified of the […]

March 18, 2020

Independent Midwives UK: COVID 19 Statement

At this unprecedented time of pandemic response, IMUK has offered our expert support to the Government and NHS services. IMUK has now received a letter from NHS England and the Chief Midwifery Officer, thanking us for our offer of support.  At this time though, it is to be left to local HOMs and DOMs to […]

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 […]

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