Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA)
Support for women and families
Who are PMA’s?
Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMA's) are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional training. They work within a team and are employed by Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Our team of PMA's consists of Melanie Griffiths, Devica Ireson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Sarah Ludlow, Hannah Moss, Vicki Nixon, Balvinder Reehal, Sarah Salinger, Lyndsey Smith, Louise Wheeler.
Previously know as Supervisors of Midwives (SoM's), our Kingston team was voted SoM Team of the Year by the London Local Supervising Authority in February 2017.
What is the role of a PMA?
To maintain and develop safe practice, to ensure the protection of you, your baby and family.
How can PMA’s help you?
- Supporting and advising you and your midwife in your care choices, for example place of birth.
- Support the midwife in the care she gives you.
- Listen to any concerns you may have about your maternity care.
- Help to resolve disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner.
- Discuss with you if you are unhappy with your birth outcome or treatment.
- If you would like to reflect on your birth experience, a PMA can go through your notes and discuss your experiences with you. Reflection clinics are held every Friday afternoon in the Gynaecology Outpatients department at Kingston Hospital.
Discussing your concerns with a PMA does not prevent you from accessing the formal complaints procedure within Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
How do I contact a PMA?
- Monday-Friday 9-5pm on 0208 934 6434.
- Out of hours you can leave a voicemail and a member of the team will be in contact with you.
- In cases of an urgent nature then you can contact the Maternity Unit Leader: call the hospital switchboard on 020 8546 7711 and ask for bleep 552