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Thank you for considering the very rewarding career of a Self Employed Community Midwife (SECM), either as a lead midwife or in a second midwife only capacity. The criteria is the same in both primary and second midwife capacity.

Here is some information that we hope will help you through the process.

Needed....

MOU/Agreement Requirements

A signed MOU and agreement with the HSE is the means by which we access Professional Indemnity Insurance through the State Claims Agency (SCA/CIS). Presence at five births in the capacity of a second midwife is necessary prior to commencing as a primary SECM.

Upon joining the CMA you will

Where to start....

Contact any of the SECMs on this page for a chat and they will go through the reality and requirement with you. They will all be able and willing to speak to you any time they can. They will also give you the relevant details of the Designated Midwifery Officer (DMO) within the HSE with responsibility for the service for the HSE.

The HSE has in post Designated Midwifery Officers for the Home Birth Service who liaise between the HSE, mothers and midwives and ensure the service is facilitated in line with the MOU/agreement. Their contact details can be obtained on our ‘Midwives’ page on this website. It will be their responsibility with yourself to ensure the governance surrounding signing the MOU/agreement is fulfilled. They will do all they can to support you in the process and realities of working as a SECM.

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