The RCM Better Births Initiative is working with you to promote high quality maternity care through digital resources. This Initiative is led by the Royal College of Midwives and works collaboratively through themes that are important for high quality maternity care. We highlight digital resources, host webinars, disseminate case studies about developments in services and policy, and facilitate action through projects working directly with the maternity services in the UK.
Defining, measuring and data necessary for monitoring normal birthsCLICK HERE
Ready to use visual aids for labour and birth positions for all womenCLICK HERE
Resources to support active labour and birth positions for all womenCLICK HERE
One of our related webinars on implementing a VBAC in water pathwayCLICK HERE
“Most women, in every country across the world, would prefer to give birth as physiologically as possible. For most women and babies, this is also the safest way to give birth, and to be born, wherever the birth setting. If routine interventions are eliminated for healthy women and babies, resources will be freed up for the extra staff, treatments and interventions that are needed when a labouring woman and her baby actually need help. This will ensure optimal outcomes for all women and babies, and sustainable maternity care provision overall.”
Professor Soo Downe,
Professor in Midwifery Studies, (2014)
"The NMC confirms the employer’s role in supporting and encouraging CPD, this being an integral part of clinical governance and good employment practices. Equal emphasis should be given to the varying knowledge, skills and competencies required to promote normal births and to provide safe care in any birth setting, reflecting appropriate strategic planning to maintain efficacy of the maternity team and the provision of quality care based on local needs."