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.