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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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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Midwifery Basics: Midwifery Supervision – 6. The role of the supervisor of midwives in an investigation

BASICS Midwifery Supervision 6. The role of the supervisor of midwives in an investigation 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 […]

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Cochrane Corner: Dietary supplements for preventing postnatal depression

EVIDENCE Cochrane Corner Dietary supplements for preventing postnatal depression/h4> The aim of this article is to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation that prepares and maintains high quality systematic reviews […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Developing specialist perinatal mental health services

Perinatal mental illness (PMI) represents a significant public health concern affecting considerable numbers of pregnant women and mothers of infants. Depression and anxiety are key issues; however accurate identification of PMI, suitable intervention and provision of adequate services are salient contemporary challenges. Coherence in the commissioning of PMI services, appropriate and contextually sensitive to the […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

How midwives can help with perinatal depression

In 2011 a national children’s charity led a campaign that identified why help with postnatal depression (PND) needed to improve; however PND remains a huge problem. Numerous cases are still coming to light where a mother has not sought help or has not been given adequate support, with disastrous consequences. Why is this still happening […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Striving for better maternal mental health

Mental health is an integral part of health and a state of wellbeing. The concept of ‘parity of esteem’ increases awareness that mental health needs to be treated as seriously as physical health. During the childbirth continuum, women and their partners can be at increased risk of mental health problems; therefore it is important to […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Too afraid to push: dealing with fear of childbirth

Maternal request for caesarean section in the absence of medical need is an ethical and moral dilemma for the NHS. When a woman makes such a request it requires careful exploration of the underlying motivation. Many of these women will be anxious or fearful of giving birth and require tailored support. The provision of an […]

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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

Perinatal mental health: midwives and health visitors working together

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) focuses on the care offered to pregnant women and children in the first five years of life. It is delivered by a range of professionals, with the health visitor as lead. Effective delivery of the HCP depends on services for children and families being fully integrated, and partnership working between […]

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Not my choice: results of an online survey

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 Not my choice: results of an online survey A survey into women’s experiences of giving birth in the UK, published in October 2013, provides a useful insight (Birthrights UK 2013). It is the first of its kind to capture women’s views on dignity in childbirth. The survey reflects […]

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Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills – Part 2. The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 EXAMINATION OF THE NEWBORN: THE KEY SKILLS: Part 2 – The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. In the second of a four-part series, this article considers the importance of the cardiovascular examination in the screening process. The significance […]

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