Protecting the Public: An Investigation of Midwives Perceptions of Regulation and the Regulator

Authors: Weir, J.

Source: Midwifery, September 2017Volume 52, Pages 57–63 (online)

Objective: To investigate the perceptions of a group of midwifery registrants about the influence of regulation and the regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, on the practice of midwives in the UK.


  • Midwives are generally supportive of regulatory standards.
  • Midwives perceive the regulator to be remote and often punitive.
  • Detailed appreciation of the role of the midwife is necessary to ensure safe and effective care provision.
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