Anna Byrom

Qualifying as a midwife in 2003, I have worked in a variety of roles throughout maternity services and education around the United Kingdom. As a practising midwife I worked in caseload, continuity models of care, working across all areas of clinical practice. Before commencing my current role as a midwifery lecturer I worked as a infant feeding lead in the community and hospital. This role prompted my interest in research and I have almost finished my PhD exploring the impact of the Baby Friendly Initiative, with the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit at UCLAN. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of The Practising Midwife journal

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care 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. The midwife must skilfully and compassionately meet the often considerable physical, emotional and psychological needs of women suffering loss (Mills, 2015), carry out […]

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Editorial: Getting Alongside You

Getting Alongside You As midwives it is our professional obligation to keep our knowledge and skills up to date to ensure we offer appropriate, safe and evidence-based care to all women and families. It is our aim at to support you in your learning throughout your training and career. Our hope is to make […]

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Editorial: Holding on to Support

Holding on to Support Research continues to identify the benefits of effective social and emotional support for physical health and wellbeing (Reblin and Uchino 2008). Throughout maternity services relationship-based care, including one-to-one support from a known midwife, has been shown to enhance outcomes for women, babies and families (Sandall et al 2016). Midwifery-led continuity models, […]

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Editorial: A Place For You

A PLACE FOR YOU What a busy and exciting month we have had. Thank you to all our subscribers for being part of our growing community. This month, as we focus on the issues relating to space and place, it is a great chance to celebrate and share our platform: your place for learning, […]

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Editorial: Challenging Choices

Challenging Choices As midwives and maternity care workers, we are called upon to support choice and informed decision-making as a fundamental part of our caring roles. Yet evidence demonstrates the ongoing challenge of consistently enabling choice and effective decisionmaking in daily practice. We are living in world where our choices can seem at once prolific […]

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Editorial: #inittogether – Passing It On

EDITORIAL #Inittogether – passing it on This summer I was contacted by a midwife from Birmingham and asked if I could send some well-wishes for one of my past clinical mentors as she retired from midwifery. I had worked with this mentor in my final community placement of midwifery education. Reflecting on that time, I […]

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