Supervisor of Midwives

Who are supervisors of Midwives? 

Supervisors of Midwives (SOMs) are usually very experienced Midwives who have a responsibility to protect the public.  They have undertaken a period of training and additional education and usually work in a team.

 What do SOMs do?

  • Offer support to the public 
  • Meet regularly with Midwives to ensure the highest standard of care is provided.
If you would like a second opinion from a midwife, are not happy with the advice you have received from your midwife or would like extra support in agreeing your care plan during pregnancy and labour, the Supervisor of Midwives is a good person to go to. 

Philosophy for supervision

SOMs can ensure that the care you receive is given to you in the right place by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby.

SOMs enable women and families to safely achieve their expectations during pregnancy and birth, ensuring a safe environment at all times.

SOMs empower Midwives to fulfil their statutory responsibilities in keeping with the Midwives' rules.  They enable Midwives to provide evidence-based and individualised care to women and families.

To find out how you can be supported and get more information from a  supervisor of Midwives click on the link NMC-Supervisor-of-midwives

At Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (Pinderfields, Pontefract & Dewsbury hospitals) SOMs are available 24 hours a day, via the hospital switchboard.  Tel:  0844 811 8110


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