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Supporting and nurturing each other at work – lessons from a postnatal ward 

by Melanie Wildman – midwifery leader I posted a comment on the wonderful Facebook page – Self-Care for Midwives, about how we try to care for staff where I work…. I was then invited to share the initiative here, to give others an idea of how to care for colleagues at work – so here […]

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The ARRIVE Trial has finally arrived – a midwife’s summary

By Professor Hannah Dahlen Well everyone the ARRIVE trial has finally arrived. This was the elective induction of labour trial at 39 weeks. A total of 3062 women were assigned to labor induction, and 3044 were assigned to expectant management. The primary outcome of perinatal morbidity for the baby occurred in 4.3% of neonates in […]

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“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker?

“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker? Bahareh Goodarzi, Midwife and Researcher in the Netherlands As a midwife, I notice that, in high income countries, more and more healthy pregnant women receive medical interventions and end up in hospital care. In an effort to prevent […]

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Make Birth Better

Make Birth Better Dr Rebecca Moore – Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Perinatal Clinical Psychologist Birth can be a highly emotive subject, and is often presented in a divisive way. Founded by myself Dr Rebecca Moore, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Perinatal Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg, the Network brings together all voices to offer support and information […]

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Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women

Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women Becky Westbury – Midwife at Royal Gwent Hospital My passion I have known since early on in my midwifery journey that community midwifery is where my passion lies. Being able to provide continuity of care to women and families throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period is such […]

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Self Care for Midwives; my journey

Self Care for Midwives; my journey Cassie Marnoch – Specialist Midwife in Complementary Therapies for Maternity, Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner There’s an amazing Facebook group that has just started.  It’s so amazing, it now has 6.5k members! What group is this? I hear you ask.  Self-care for Midwives. The group aims to be a great […]

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Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour; reducing postnatal perineal pain

Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour: Reducing postnatal perineal pain Annette Ballard – Labour Ward Sister at Rosie Hospital Cambridge Background Delivering a baby is a privilege and it is the role of the midwife to optimise health and wellbeing, this includes care of the perineum, especially during the second stage of labour. […]

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Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women

Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women Anne Richley – Community Midwifery Matron at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Paula Briody – PMA at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Lottie Blunden – Third year Student Midwife at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust Background Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is an acute general hospital with a maternity unit facilitating around […]

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His (research) story or their story?

His (research) story or their story? Elizabeth Carter Lactation Consultant, Midwife and Tongue-tie Practitioner in Dorset “A gorgeous little boy was born following a fairly straightforward birth…” Or “The Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) set the standards of care in the NMC Code…” Which opening sentence grabs your attention and makes you want to read more? […]

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Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma

Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma Mhairi McLellan First year Student Midwife at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Adverse childhood experiences It is 20 years since the publication of the seminal study that was one of the first to link adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to the leading causes of death in America (Felitti et al 1998). […]

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