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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Fearful birth? So what’s new?

In the final of this four-part series, we consider the importance of the examination of the testes in the screening process. The significance of history taking, knowledge of risk factors and Significant fear of birth (tocophobia) appears to be increasing, coinciding with an increase in requests for non-medical indication caesarean section. It can arise from […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills Part 4. The testes

Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. In the final of this four-part series, we consider the importance of the examination of the testes in the screening process. The significance of history taking, knowledge of risk factors and the testes examination will be explored, along with referral pathways that the National Screening Committee […]

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Research Unwrapped: ‘Promoting positive postpartum mental health through exercise in ethnically diverse priority groups’

EVIDENCE Research Unwrapped ‘Promoting positive postpartum mental health through exercise in ethnically diverse priority groups’ Row MA, Nevill AM , Bellingham-Young D et al (2013). Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10(3): 185–195 The research being discussed here explores the promotion of positive mental health through exercise for ethnically diverse priority groups. This qualitative […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Time’s up! Women’s experience of induction of labour

Induction of labour is a common obstetric intervention in the UK, occurring in approximately 22 per cent of labours (Birthchoice UK 2014). Much evidence exists regarding methods, efficacy, safety and outcomes, but very little is known about women’s experience of induction of labour (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2008). Qualitative interviews were […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

My daughter’s daughter: the tragedy of late stage miscarriage

This article sets out my observations of my daughter’s difficult pregnancy and late-stage miscarriage. I share this information to raise awareness that the specialist support for women going through this is not always in place and doesn’t fully prepare women for this experience. Even though this can be uncomfortable for maternity professionals, the care that […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Midwifery Basics: Midwifery Supervision 7. Proactive use of supervision

BASICS Midwifery Supervision 7. Proactive use of supervision Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience, and encourage midwives to seek further information through a series of […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Improving the experience of pregnancy and childbirth for deaf people and their families

Deafness is unique in that it crosses barriers of age, gender, economic status and ethnicity. It is particularly complex in the context of the ‘disabled/abled binary’. Generalisation is unhelpful since impairment is individualised and manifests itself in emotional, psychological, social and physical dimensions of a person’s life. The ‘Deaf Nest’ project aims to improve deaf […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Mobility and upright positioning in labour

A study by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) (2010) concluded that 49 per cent of women gave birth in the supine position. The RCM advocates getting women ‘off the bed’ in its campaign for normal birth (RCM 2005a). There has been much speculation as to why women labour on the bed, with some suggesting […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills – Part 3. The hips

Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. This article considers the importance of the examination of the hips in the screening process. The significance of history taking, knowledge of risk factors and the hip examination will be explored. The necessity for early detection and treatment of hip abnormalities, along with referral pathways that […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

A healthy ticker… or a good heart?

The amount of paperwork requiring completion by NHS professionals has increased over the years. Some employees feel that is driving them away from client care. In this article, one midwife tots up a week’s worth of what she describes as ‘box-ticking’, and asks: what is the effect of this quantifying trend on the quality of […]

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