IMs are fully qualified health professionals who have chosen to work outside the NHS providing midwifery care to a small number of women each year. Most are members of Independent Midwives UK although membership is not compulsory.
All midwives, whether independent or employed,
are bound by the rules and standards laid down by
the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Every midwife in the UK must have current NMC registration in order to be legally entitled to practise. Midwives attend annual skills updates and study days, and undergo revalidation by the NMC every 3 years to ensure that their practice is up to date.
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