Introduction

Please note that this page is in an early launch stage and is currently being reviewed and revised. Thank you to members of our nursing and midwifery round table, the education team at the Royal College of Midwives, Donna Kirwan, Joanne Hargrave and Laura-Rose Thorogood for their input to this resource.

Genomics is fundamental to your practice as a midwife – it allows you to predict and prepare for situations in pregnancy to better protect and care for the parent and child.

As genomics is now included in the NMC standards of proficiency for midwives and, with rapid advances being made in the field all the time, it’s important that you can talk confidently about it and understand its relevance before, during and after pregnancy.

Watch our animation to discover the importance of genomics in midwifery and the crucial role you play in the delivery of genomic care.

Now, let’s look at what we mean by ‘genomics’ and how it might differ from ‘genetics’