[PDF] Working with the menopause

Source:
Royal College of Midwives - RCM
Publisher:
Royal College of Midwives
Publication date:
12 July 2016

Abstract

he menopause is an occupational health issue that is growing in importance. The menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55 (in September 2014, 34.5% of midwives in England were between these ages). Over 99% of midwives are women and so at any one time there could be over a third of the maternity unit experiencing symptoms of the menopause and suffering in silence. By supporting women and showing understanding of the symptoms involved, we can help keep valued, experienced midwives in the workforce. It is well known that when staff are motivated and valued, clinical outcomes are better. We believe that investment in staff is an investment in care.