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Leadership in midwifery


Leadership is a word often heard in any workplace, and healthcare services are no different. Much has been written about leadership styles and theories with a search of one online retailer revealing 153,589 books available on the subject. How many midwives have those books on their shelves? In a time when maternity services are rising to meet new pressures and demands, many commentators are calling for leadership to drive the profession on. How do we, as midwives, reflect on our own leadership style and the impact it has on others?

Learning aims and objectives

At the end of this module, you will understand more about:

  • The broad issues around leadership in the NHS and in midwifery
  • The relevance of leadership at a professional, organisational and personal level
  • The impact of effective leadership on the culture and atmosphere of maternity services
  • The impact of ineffective leadership on the care of women and babies

Keywords and linking topics

Leadership, management, midwifery, professional development

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge of leadership in midwifery practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you move on to the next question. If at the end you wish, you can return for a further attempt at the questions. Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/ revalidation portfolio.