Championing the challenge for change

Championing the challenge for change; inspired by a shared purpose Danielle Carey – Midwife at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 4 April 2019 My journey began as a newly qualified Band-5 midwife, navigating preceptorship, and inspired by ways to make the transition smoother. Having trained at the Trust […]

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Infant feeding; changing the conversation

Infant feeding; changing the conversation Francesca Entwistle – Midwife and Professional Advisor (Policy and Advocacy) to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Francesca Entwistle, Midwife, RCM member and professional advisor to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, explains how the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) recent position statement on infant feeding and the media response (RCM 2018) […]

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Midwifery BACK-TO-BASICS: auditing urinalysis in practice

Midwifery BACK-TO-BASICS: auditing urinalysis in practice Sylvia Bone Patient Safety Midwife at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust The value of urinalysis – setting the scene Health screening is a crucial part of quality maternal and newborn care (Renfrew et al, 2014). Urinalysis is a useful screening tool that can be utilised throughout the childbearing continuum. It […]

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Are doulas working as lone wolves or as part of the pack?

Are doulas working as lone wolves or as part of the pack? Nikki Mather – Birth & Postnatal Doula and Infant Feeding Support Specialist With almost 800 independent doulas who are members of Doula UK, and more across the UK who choose not to be members, there really is a doula for everyone. Professional and personalised […]

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The Holy Grail: autonomous practice and woman-centred care 

The Holy Grail: autonomous practice and woman-centred care  Catja Ko – Third year Midwifery Student at King’s College London Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 Studying midwifery is intense, and as a student midwife I find it quite challenging to constantly absorb theory, guidelines and protocols while learning new skills. It is hard to imagine that […]

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The medicalisation of women’s bodies

The medicalisation of women’s bodies Claire Feeley – Midwife and PhD Candidate at University of Central Lancashire Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 This article provides a brief overview of the historical, sociocultural issues regarding the of women’s childbearing bodies. Exploring both sides of the feminist debate, a humanised approach to childbearing is […]

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Human rights awareness, consent and mental capacity assessment: a user-friendly guide for midwives

Human rights awareness, consent and mental capacity assessment: a user-friendly guide for midwives Stephen Hamilton – Psychiatric Nurse, Tutor, Author and Associate Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast Keith Mitchell – Third Year Midwifery Student at Queen’s University Belfast Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 In this piece, Stephen Hamilton and Keith Mitchell examine the extended role […]

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Supporting women in labour have we lost the skill? personal reflection

Supporting women in labour have we lost the skill? personal reflection Carla Jayne Ball – Senior Midwifery Lecturer and Course Coordinator (three-year Midwifery programme) at University of Bedfordshire Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 As an experienced midwife, I have for many years supported women during labour and birth, in settings from the calm ambience […]

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The feminist sage femme: linking theory and practice through feminism

The feminist sage femme: linking theory and practice through feminism Neesha Ridley – Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire Rebekah McCrimmon – Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 Feminism can often be associated with radical and hostile views, but the heart of feminism is about achieving equal rights for […]

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Counting the cost of CMV

Counting the cost of CMV The personal and economic impact of  congenital cytomegalovirus Sharon Wood – Project Manager at CMV Action Published on The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 Every day in the UK, two-three newborn babies will be affected by cytomegalovirus (CMV) (almost 1,000 babies every year). The consequences of contracting CMV infection during pregnancy, known […]

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‘Babies just popping out all over the place’: an exploratory, theory-testing analysis of television birth narratives 

‘Babies just popping out all over the place’: an exploratory, theory-testing analysis of television birth narratives  Dr Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 The Evidence series attempts to make research practices and findings accessible to midwives. In this article, Alys Einion describes a scoping study […]

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