The new future midwife standards have now been published. Midwifery is a unique, rewarding and dynamic profession and midwives are highly skilled, knowledgeable professionals. Every birth is touched by a midwife and that is an incredibly special privilege. In order to provide the best and safest care, midwives must meet the needs, views and preferences of women and their families, take account of demographic differences, and consider health and care profiles. The NMC have worked in partnership with midwives, student midwives, women, families, other health and care professionals, charities and advocacy groups across all four countries of the UK to coproduce standards that fully prepare midwives of the future.