“The essence of being a midwife is the assistance of a woman around
the time of childbirth* in a way that recognises that the physical,
emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth are equally
important. The midwife provides competent and safe physical care
without sacrificing these other aspects’ (Page L, McCandlish R 2006).
* Childbirth, in this context, refers to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
For the purpose of this profile, the identity of the areas that I have been practicing in
will not be made apparent but will be referred to under a pseudo identity, Area A and
Area B respectively. This is in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, so as not to
inadvertently disclose sensitive information about said communities and the people
who reside there.
The team that I was allocated to on my clinical placement covered the North East
region of the city, however as mentioned above I will predominantly focusing on two
main areas. The way in which maternity care is regulated and delivered, and the role in
which midwife plays, are influenced by the socioeconomic factors that apply within
To begin this profile I will take you through the role of the midwife, the focus of
woman- centred care, as well as giving you a general overview of the region itself. I will
offer an explanation of the area by its demographic profile before examining how its
demographics sculpt the midwife’s approach to practice.
“The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who
works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and
advice during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, to conduct births on
the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care the newborn and the
infant” (International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 2005)
In order to practice as a midwife in the UK, a recognised educational programme must
be completed to gain registration to practice....