A self employed midwife, together with her back-up colleague, provides continuity of care to women and their families 24/7. Before setting up in community based practice consider:
- Who will be your back-up to ensure you have sufficient support and time off
- How you will reciprocate for this back-up and how will your clients meet your back-up
- The impact of an on-call lifestyle so you can provide continuity of care to women and whether this suits you and your family
- The size of caseload sustainable for you and your area. The College recommends 40 to 50 women per year as a sustainable full-time caseload with adequate leave.