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Better birth to the people! Childbirth in Norway

Better birth to the people! By Trine Dahlman. Journalist and author.  Photo Credits: Eva Rose. Birth Photographer. Eva Rose lives in Norway and has worked as a birth photographer for 20 years, photographing more than 120 births. As a birth photographer, she experienced that women’s lack of knowledge made them unnecessarily scared before childbirth. She decided […]

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The Breath of Life: is really optional

The Breath of Life: is really optional Pandora Hardtman is currently employed as a Midwifery Capacity Building Consultant for the Syrian Conflict.  She has gained over 23 years of nursing and midwifery experience whilst working in a wide variety of healthcare settings in the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Her […]

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A comparison of three models of care for inpatient induction of labour: an observational analysis

A comparison of three models of care for inpatient induction of labour: an observational analysis Case study This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of inpatient care models during induction of labour (IOL). A prospective observational study involving 1,133 women undergoing IOL in a tertiary obstetric centre was conducted between March 2009 and August 2010. […]

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Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell

Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell Case study Mary was a 23-year-old primigravida woman who was very keen to breastfeed her first baby. She lived with her mother who was a midwife and who had shared her knowledge and experience of the importance of colostrum as the ideal food […]

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Volunteer and peer support during the perinatal period: a scoping study

VOLUNTEER AND PEER SUPPORT DURING THE PERINATAL PERIOD: A SCOPING STUDY We report findings from a scoping study to explore the focus and range of organised volunteer/peer support projects offering support to parents during pregnancy, birth and early childhood in the UK and Republic of Ireland. An online survey was issued to conference attendees and pre-existing […]

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Poem; I am a uterus

I am a Uterus by Alison Edwards Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University I am called the uterus Just seven-and-a-half centimetres tall With a waist called the isthmus And a thick muscle wall.   I have some shy longitudinals But the obliques give them a hug I can then rotate my circulars And […]

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Birth and the microbiome; what all midwives need to know

BIRTH AND THE MICROBIOME; WHAT ALL MIDWIVES NEED TO KNOW Birth is an important event in many ways, but emerging research is demonstrating that the way we are born may have far-reaching consequences for our future health and wellbeing. This article looks briefly at what is known about the microbiome and health, the importance of birth, […]

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Gestational diabetes: the importance of identification and treatment

GESTATIONAL DIABETES: THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is important because it is one of the commonest medical conditions in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of short- and longer-term adverse outcomes. Several strategies to identify women with GDM have been recommended; however, it is unclear what strategy is […]

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Choice of birthplace for low risk women: a reflection

CHOICE OF BIRTHPLACE FOR LOW RISK WOMEN: A REFLECTION This article reflects on the discussion between a midwife and low-risk woman regarding choice of birthplace. Using the reflective cycle by Rolfe et al (2001), a simple and pragmatic three-stage reflective cycle, I consider whether informed choice was effectively empowered for the client, and consider how […]

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Poem; being a student midwife

Being a Student Midwife Jennifer Cole Third year Student Midwife (now Masters degree student) at University of Wolverhampton When does this epic adventure begin? As you walk through the uni door? Or when you buy your first textbook? It’s actually way before. When you have that initial thought: ‘I want to be a midwife’, It […]

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Poem; dear student midwife

Dear Student Midwife Dear student midwife, with passion in your heart You want to make a difference but don’t know where to start. You feel so inspired by all that you’ve heard But you’re ‘just a student’, who will listen to your word? Well let me tell you student midwife, who hasn’t been here long, […]

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A selection of poems

A selection of poems The first two pieces of poetry were written about my caseloading experience as a student midwife. As part of my caseload I supported my brother’s girlfriend; the poems are about them and also about my own fears and expectations while caseloading. Reality bites. A student, mummy and partner, too Caseload is […]

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Student survival guide No 8 – Developing a personal philosophy and preparing for qualification

DEVELOPING A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY AND PREPARING FOR QUALIFICATION Qualification is an exciting, nerve-racking time that ties together three years of hard work, dedication and commitment.In the final article of the Student survival guide series, Georgia Allan and Felicity Harper explore how to develop your personal midwifery philosophy and offer advice on preparing for qualification. This […]

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Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision

Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision For women childbirth can be traumatic. For midwives, the working environment and fulfilling their role can be stressful and sometimes traumatic. How we, as midwives, relate to the women we care for, has been shown to be an important aspect of […]

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Coming Full Circle – Building a sustainable community of mothers

Building a sustainable community of mothers The unexpected experience of social isolation and loneliness for new mothers is a growing issue in caring for postnatal women in the UK. Inadequate support as a result of fragmented communities and extended family, can leave women at risk of poor mental health with a lasting impact on the […]

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Maternity Voices – Bereavement Care 40 Years On

BEREAVEMENT CARE 40 YEARS ON This article is based on a case study by a third-year student midwife who, in the course of writing up an assignment on stillbirth for her degree, opened up discussion with her own mother who experienced a stillbirth 40 years previously. The discussion demonstrates how changes in bereavement care over […]

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Evidence Series – Service Evaluation

Examining postnatal care provided to mothers with infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units Having experienced infants in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as both service users and providers, the enormity of the impact on women is felt by both authors. In sharing similar experiences, the use of a service evaluation provides a platform to […]

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Advancing Practice – Midwifery Caseloading

A CRITICAL REVIEW OF CASELOADING AS A MODEL OF MIDWIFERY PRACTICE Continuity of care and team midwifery are buzzwords in maternity, long since a part of the way childbearing, childbirth and childrearing are organised. In the UK, women cared for by professionals call for care by midwives they recognise, and ‘know your midwife’ schemes 
(or […]

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Student Survival Guide No 7 – Medicine Management

MEDICINE MANAGEMENT In this article Alison Anderson and Holly Thorpe explore principles, guidelines and the safe administration of medicines, along with some useful tips for revision and student support resources. Medicine management is an essential part of midwifery practice. The term medicine management incorporates professionalism, safe supply and administration of medicinal products and best practice […]

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Doulas and Midwives: A Powerful Alliance

Doulas and Midwives: A powerful alliance This article explores the relationship between doulas and midwives. Misunderstandings of the doula role are common in midwifery circles. Despite this, doulas are more sought after than ever before and it is increasingly likely that midwives will encounter a doula in the birth room or in a mother’s home. […]

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Being alongside – with #MatExp!

Charlene Cole BSC (Hons.), PgDL, PhD – student midwife Coventry University The theme for this month’s The Practising Midwife journal is Alongside. When I thought about what this meant to me many ideas sprung to mind – collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, our new alongside midwifery-led unit at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, @JennytheM’s latest blog […]

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Maternity Voices: Blue-Gloved Touch

Blue-Gloved Touch This is a reflection on Zainab*, with a complex social history, who was having her third baby. The notes revealed that she had had a rocky relationship with her husband over the course of this pregnancy and that, whilst they were separated at the time of booking, they had reconciled and were back […]

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Campaigning 
for change

Implementing optimal cord clamping Healthy neonates benefit from a more physiological and gentle transition from placental to pulmonary respiration. ‘Delayed’ or ‘optimal’ cord clamping provides this. In this paper, Amanda Burleigh and Christina Uwins describe how Amanda worked towards successfully implementing change on a global stage. Supplemented by a News and Views All4Maternity.com blog, they […]

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Evidence Series: NMPA Report Review

NATIONAL MATERNITY AND PERINATAL AUDIT (NMPA) ANNUAL REPORT REVIEW BASED ON BIRTHS IN NHS MATERNITY SERVICES BETWEEN 1ST APRIL 2015 AND 31ST MARCH 2016 This is the first audit of NHS maternity and neonatal services, encompassing all women and their babies and the outcomes of their care. It does not duplicate or incorporate themes covered […]

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The Postcode Lottery of Care

Pregnant women and mothers with severe and complex perinatal mental health needs This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. In this fourth article, Claire […]

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Advancing Practice : Enhancing detection and support

Identifying and caring for women at risk of late miscarriage and spontaneous premature birth Preterm birth rates are on the increase in almost all countries. Midwives are therefore likely to encounter women who are at risk of, or who go on to have a preterm birth or late miscarriage. This article looks at the known […]

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Student survival guide No 6: Staying afloat 
and passionate

Building a university society University life for any student can be pretty full-on with deadlines and studying, but the midwifery degree is notorious for being one of the toughest (as well as most rewarding), as the course must be completed while undertaking a full-time clinical placement. So what can midwifery students do to help keep […]

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Hopeless women or hopeless care systems?

Reflection on a presentation This reflective piece was written after Hannah Rogers had attended the 2015 MBRRACE-UK launch, where the surveillance of maternal deaths in the UK 2011-13 (Knight et al 2015) was published and presented. During one presentation, the speaker used a phrase in relation to women who led socially complex lives, which prompted […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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