The five publications provide information to members on the work the RCM does as a trade union and as a professional body, as well as highlighting equality issues that midwives and maternity workers may face.
They also provide information on the issues that may face women in maternity services.
Employment Relations Advisor at the RCM, Amy Leversidge said: “The RCM has always advocated that the health and wellbeing of maternity staff ultimately improves the service they provide and in turn ensures women and their babies receive the highest quality care.
“We are delighted to have launched these five publications which we will hope provide valuable advice and support to midwives and MSWs throughout their working life.”
BME Midwives, Disciplinary Proceedings and the Work Place Equality Standard
Members can access information about the freedom of information requests, made by the RCM, to NHS Trusts in London about the number of BME midwives who have been involved in disciplinary proceedings.
This publication is about the nine protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010; different types of discrimination, public sector quality duty, equality and diversity in the NHS, equality impact assessments, what work place reps can do, as well as common myths and facts surrounding the topic of equality and diversity.
Working with Menopause
Highlighting the symptoms of menopause, the age profile of midwives, the effects menopause has on work and working in maternity units, and what employers and workplace representatives can do to provide support.
Pregnancy and Maternity Rights at Work
This publication can provide support for midwives who could be caring for pregnant women who have experienced discrimination at work.
Guidance about stress and ways in which midwives can identify their stress triggers. Heads of Midwifery can find useful advice and information on positive management behaviours in this publication.
Members can access these publications on the RCM website.
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