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Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis?

Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis? Isabel Alba Prats – Delivery suite midwife at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Day Assessment Unit  Christine Grabowska – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of West London The article discusses four types of pruritus in pregnancy: intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP) […]

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Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care Michelle Tant- Midwife at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and Breastfeeding Counsellor for NCT in Brighton and Hove Supporting parents as they experience the devastating loss of their baby, be it before, during or shortly after birth presents a particular challenge to the midwife. They must skilfully and compassionately meet […]

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Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital

Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital Carol Lambert – Researcher in Maternal and Reproductive Health at the University of Hull How midwives use evidence in practice plays an essential role in achieving clinical effectiveness. As a qualitative researcher, I understand the importance of being reflexive in my research practice. […]

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UK Government guideline Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning

UK Government guideline Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University Guideline commentary aims to help readers make sense of published guidelines by offering a detailed appraisal of a guideline or a specific section of a guideline, in a careful and considered manner. In doing so, we can advance our […]

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Midwifery basics  4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding

Midwifery basics 4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University The transition to becoming a mother can be challenging (Nelson 2003). Although often a time of great joy, it is also a time of huge change – and feeling overwhelmed, anxious or even regretful is common. Many […]

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The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision

The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision Lys-Marie Williams – Professional Midwifery Advocate and Midwife at Scarborough General Hospital As a band 6 integrated midwife, anecdotally I often encountered and witnessed work-based stress. Increasing pressure on midwives and little time for support could result in low levels of job satisfaction, and emotional and physical fatigue. […]

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Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom

Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom Melissa Traynor – Third Year Student Midwife at Swansea University Childbearing is a major milestone in a woman’s life, generally perceived in society as a happy occasion with a substantial expectation that women will naturally take on their mothering role with ease (Squire 2017; Tobin […]

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Slow Midwifery

Slow Midwifery Lorna Davies – Principal Lecturer at Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand I began practising mindfulness following a series of  significant earthquakes in the South Island of New Zealand that rocked my world.  I was also setting out on my PhD journey at the time. By taking the time to practice mindfulness at the recommendation of my doctor, I […]

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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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