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Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding

Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding Ali Monghan – Joint Editor of The Student Midwife Journal and Student Midwife at University of West London Regardless of how women choose to feed their babies, growing evidence demonstrates that a strong and loving relationship between parents and their baby is the best way to promote brain development and […]

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Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1 

Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1  Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton This article is the first in a two-part series exploring decision-making (DM) in contemporary midwifery practice. […]

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Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection

Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection Jo Lironi – Midwifery Lecturer and Masters Research student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen This study explores stage 1 nursing students’ experiences of group interviews as part of the selection process to inform the future of midwifery selection practice. Using hermeneutic phenomenology to interview […]

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Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter

Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter Emma Spillane – Midwife at St George’s Hospital Birth environment is vitally important, not only for the comfort of the mother and her birth partners, but also to enable a woman to labour undisturbed in a positive environment which is conducive to all necessary aspects of labour and birth. […]

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Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues

Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues Jo Welsh – Midwife at Knowledge 4 Change, Midwifery Lecturer at Aga Khan University and PhD Student at University of Salford Healthcare professionals who volunteer to work in low- and middle-income countries with the intention of strengthening healthcare systems need to be mindful […]

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Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation

Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Scenario Rose is a first-time mother attending a breastfeeding support clinic you are running. Rose gave birth three weeks ago after a complicated labour. Although […]

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Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline

Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline Maria Healy – Lecturer in Midwifery (Education) at Queen’s University Belfast Patricia Gillen – Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs at Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Lecturer at Ulster University There is an increasing emphasis on the need […]

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Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning

Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning Ann Nolan – Union Learning Fund Project Manager for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Northern Ireland Stephen Hamilton – Nurse Education Consultant based in the Clinical Education Centre, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast Melissa Crockett – Union Learning Representative with the RCM and Bereavement Support […]

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What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife

What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife Sarah Curran – Midwife, Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland As a student midwife, I dreamed of the day I would be wearing my ‘blues’, confidently walking down the hospital hallways as a fully qualified midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council pin in hand, ready to […]

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Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health

Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health Emma Lazenby – Director of ForMed Films CIC Midwives are uniquely placed to support parents and parents-to-be at one of the happiest, and, most stressful times of their lives. But what do you do when you find both the mother or […]

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