Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA)
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What are Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA)?
The aim of Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA) is to support midwives in their clinical practice and advocate for women. Rixa von dem Bussche and Sarah Thacker are job sharing this role at St George’s.
The objective of the role is to provide restorative clinical supervision; advocacy and support quality improvement activities, education and leadership for midwives.
Why would I need a PMA?
You can arrange to speak to a PMA for a wide range of issues relating to your experience of pregnancy or birth. This may include reflecting on a recent pregnancy or wanting to talk through a previous experience because you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant again.
The purpose of these sessions is to be a listening service, answer questions that may arise and follow up on any issues that will improve the quality of our maternity service. The clinic is run in the Hotung Centre.
The PMAs are also involved in a team that discuss Birth Preference plans with women, particularly those that wish to have a birth experience outside the Trust guidelines.