Cathy Warwick
Cathy Warwick CBE is General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), one of the world's oldest and largest midwifery organisations, representing the majority of the UK’s midwives.

Cathy began her career by gaining a nursing degree at Edinburgh University in 1975. She then completed the one year midwifery course at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London in 1976, and worked as a midwife across a variety of clinical settings in hospitals and in the community. She has held a number of senior posts in midwifery education and in the NHS managing midwifery and nursing services. Prior to joining the RCM she was Director of Midwifery and General Manager for Women & Children’s Services at King College Hospital in London. She has an MSc in Social Policy, an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education of Adults.

Her work has led to invitations to sit on many national maternity policy committees, and she has been Chair of the Midwifery Committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Chair of the maternity working group contributing to the Darzi report, Healthcare for London.

Cathy has also written and published widely on midwifery issues and lectures and speaks nationally and internationally. She was awarded a visiting professorship by King’s College, London in 2004,

She received a CBE for Services to Healthcare in 2006, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from St George’s and Kingston University, London in 2007.

Entries by Cathy Warwick

A Right Wing Conspiracy or a Triumph for Women - It Depends What You Read

(1) Comments | Posted 24 February 2016 | (13:42)

Perhaps it wasn't surprising that the focus of media attention following the launch of Better Births - the NHS Maternity Review for England was the issue of NHS Personalised Maternity Budgets. After all it is probably the most political and different idea in the report. However, in my view, it...

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Time to Think Again About Crackdown on Right to Strike

(1) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (15:53)

October last year witnessed the first ever strike by the Royal College of Midwives since we were founded in 1881. It was great to see fellow midwives on the picket line as they made their point loudly and clearly, but in a manner that didn't get in anyone's way and...

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Pillorying the Very People Working Hard to Maintain a Safe Service Should Be Beneath a Secretary of State

(1) Comments | Posted 17 June 2015 | (10:01)

When I read this article in The Times last Wednesday, and the newspaper's accompanying editorial, I just felt angry. If you didn't see the newspaper that day, these pieces place a large part of the blame for the UK's comparatively high level of stillbirths and perinatal...

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Government's Double Standards on New Trade Union Law

(15) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (12:02)

Announced in the Queen's Speech, the Government wants to push into law a new definition of what constitutes a legitimate win in a democratic vote. A trade union bill will say that to be legitimate any trade union ballot result calling for strike action will have to have...

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Why Midwives Are Set to Strike This Monday

(8) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (00:00)

Next Monday, midwives in England will strike for the first time ever. They won't be alone in taking industrial action. They will be joined by thousands upon thousands of nurses, paramedics and other health service staff. It's the first strike over NHS pay in more than three decades, and the...

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Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (10:01)

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking...

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We Have an Opportunity to End England's Midwife Shortage

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (15:27)

A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). That is about 175,000 women in England each year, and it is a rate that is up on the last time women were surveyed by...

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Is the Government Waking up to Midwife Shortage?

(2) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (23:00)

Birth figures for England have been rising since 2001. In 2011, for example, over 688,000 babies were born in England, the highest number since 1971. Early figures for the first half of 2012 suggest that the total for last year will be even higher, and official projections point to big...

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More Midwives Needed for Baby Boom Britain

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2012 | (00:00)

Many people have heard that England has been experiencing a baby boom since the start of the century. It's been in the papers a lot (see HERE and HERE, for example). Births each year rose from around 563,000 in 2001 to over 687,000 in 2010. That...

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Mums and Midwives Get Older as Births Keep Booming

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2011 | (23:00)

Today, in the Houses of Parliament, I will launch the Royal College of Midwives new State of Maternity Services report. It is the first of a new annual publication that sets out how maternity services are faring in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What does it show? Clearly...

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Midwives are Able to Help Women Make the Right Choice About Their Childbirth

(5) Comments | Posted 31 October 2011 | (23:00)

The media storm that has blown up around NICE guidelines on caesarean section over the last couple of days has generated a great deal of debate and rightly so. I will say right away that the Royal College of Midwives is not anti-caesarean section, it is pro-informed choice by women....

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Baby Boom is the Real Story, Not Teenage Mums

(4) Comments | Posted 4 August 2011 | (00:00)

Teenage pregnancies are a mainstay of tabloid journalism. Flicking through their pages only this week I read a story about a couple who had become grandparents whilst still in their 20s. To those who are so inclined, this helps reassure them that the country is going to the...

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