New mother Daniella Ramyead, from Bournemouth, baby Rumy and independent midwife Caroline Baddiley
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Independent midwives campaign for law change

A Hampshire midwife is leading a campaign about changes to the law which she argues will endanger a woman's right to choose how she has her baby.

Erika Thompson, from Ringwood is an independent midwife - one of about 170 midwives in the UK who choose to practice outside the NHS.

Although they are registered and regulated, independent midwives are unable to get indemnity insurance.

From October it will become illegal for any health professional to practise without insurance.

Campaigners say if the government does not step in to help them, it could mean the end of independent midwifery.

  • 09 May 2013