Maternal Health and Wellbeing

RCM Midwifery Practice Guidance for Care of Women in Labour in all Settings in the UK 

RCM_logoFrom September 2017 to November 2018, the team at Nottingham - led by Professor Helen Spiby and Dr Phoebe Pallotti (with support from the Centre of Evidence Based Healthcare) - will assess the existing evidence and produce guidance for midwives to use when providing care for women in labour in all settings.

This new guidance is being produced by the University of Nottingham for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), to enable midwives to provide individualised care across all settings across the UK to women during pregnancy, labour and birth.

Advisory group 

This work is being produced in collaboration with:

  • midwives with clinical, managerial and educational expertise
  • mothers and members of the public
  • our Nottingham Maternity Research Network (PPI group) 
  • experts in maternity care and research
  • obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic clinicians
  • charities at the forefront of maternity care and advocacy groups

Initially existing evidence will be reviewed and areas identified where further reviews of research may be required and also where other guidance may need to be updated, especially for women with potentially more complicated pregnancies.

Desired outcomes and outputs

The ultimate aim is to produce guidance to ensure all women receive women-led care that is unique to their needs. Once the guidelines have been written, there will a short period of testing and final consultation with a variety of organisations and service users.

The final guidance will include both a guide for professionals and a reference guide for women that will outline what to expect during the birth of their baby.

For enquiries please contact Dr Phoebe Pallotti or Professor Helen Spiby.

Meet our researchers

Professor Helen Spiby

Helen is a midwife and internationally recognised health services researcher with longstanding research interests in preparation for and care during labour. 

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Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0820