Welcome to a brand-new series of podcasts by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). Every month for 2021 the RCM will deliver a new podcast episode focused on the work the College is doing with and on behalf of its midwife and maternity support worker members
This series is hosted by Gemma Murphy and will focus on the RCM’s trade union activity and its role as a professional association. Some of the episodes will also feature midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives, as well as some special guests.
Bonus Episode - Covid on year on
In the bonus episode Gemma Murphy catches up with the RCM’s Country Directors from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where we also hear from a community midwife about the challenges she overcame in Northern Ireland. Plus, a very special message from RCM CEO and General Secretary Gill Walton to all RCM members.
Covid one year on
This latest episode focuses on the past year and comes a year to the day since the UK went into full lockdown, March 23, 2020. A year like no other for midwives, maternity support workers and maternity services. Birth is not something that can be rescheduled and happens 24 hours a day 365 days a year and midwives have been there delivering care to women and their babies, putting themselves at risk to ensure the safe delivery of new life into the world, but how have they coped? What have been the biggest challenges? And what has the RCM done to support its members during the pandemic?
Gemma will also talk to RCM’s CEO Gill Walton to hear her reflections on the past year and what work is currently happening at the RCM. This third instalment in the new podcast series also features midwives who share their stories and experiences of the past year.
RCM's Caring for You Campaign
This second episode focuses on the RCM's Caring For You Campaign. Originally launched in 2016 this RCM initiative is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of midwives and maternity support workers. Given the current pressures of COVID-19 maternity services across the UK have never been more stretched. Staffing shortages, heavier workloads and longer shifts means stress and burnout is all too common amongst RCM members.
In this episode Gemma Murphy catches up with Gill Adgie RCM's Regional Head for the North of England who leads on the RCM's Caring for You campaign work. Gemma also interviews Jayne Frank and Maryanne Bray two midwives from Cardiff Vale University Health Board who have been instrumental in pushing the campaign forward within their own branch and Health Board. In this episode they share lots of ideas and tips on how they've embedded the campaign in their workplace and how that has supported and improved the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.
If you are looking to launch a Caring For You initiative in your workplace, become a Health and Safety Rep or just revamp your current activities this episode is for you!
Supporting women with severe and multiple disadvantage during pregnancy
During this first episode Gemma talks to midwives Vlora Purchase from Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust and safeguarding midwife Wendy Warrington from Pennine Care NHS Foundation to gain some more insight into the important work they do. Gemma also catches up with RCM staff who developed a new RCM position statement on supporting women with severe and multiple disadvantage during pregnancy.