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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Responsive Feeding Part 2; formula feeding

Responsive Feeding Part 2; formula feeding Mhairi McLellan – Student Midwife at Robert Gorgon University in Aberdeen and Co-Editor of The Student Midwife Journal All4Maternity 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 […]

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Optimal cord clamping – allowing a physiological transition Part 2

Optimal cord clamping – allowing a physiological transition Part 2 Gill Moncrieff – Third Year Student Midwife at Edinburgh Napier University In the first part of this article in our January issue of The Student Midwife, Gill Moncrieff described the physiology around cord clamping; here she explores the benefits of waiting, in optimal cord clamping. Clamping […]

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Book reviews of New Walk: Midwife Diaries by Ellie Durant

New Walk: Midwife Diaries by Ellie Durant Jill Moore – Second year student midwife at Northumbria University Ordinarily, I avoid e-books. I love escaping into a ‘real’ book with a spine to crack and pages to turn. However, there was such a lot of anticipation around Ellie Durant’s first novel that I bit the bullet and […]

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The benefits of yoga during pregnancy: a literature review

The benefits of yoga during pregnancy: a literature review Caoimhe McClafferty – Staff Midwife at Portiuncla Hospital in Galway Sunita Panda – PhD Student and Health Research Board Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019 Yoga has become a popular form of complementary alternative medicine, and is often advocated […]

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Obtaining postgraduate funding

Obtaining postgraduate funding Joanne Cull – Midwife at Croydon University Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019 It has become increasingly difficult to obtain either employer funding or protected time to undertake postgraduate study; one alternative source of funding is the Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) offered by HEE and NIHR. The […]

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Midwifery basics  5. Understanding the impact of family and partner attitudes, experience and expectations upon breastfeeding

Midwifery basics 5. Understanding the impact of family and partner attitudes, experience and expectations upon breastfeeding Dr Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Heather Trickey – Research Fellow, DECIPHer, Cardiff University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  As social beings, we exist within families and within communities, and the […]

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Valsalva manoeuvre during the second stage of labour?

Valsalva manoeuvre during the second stage of labour? Sinead Gilsenan – Midwife at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth, Western Australia Dr Sadie Geraghty – Associate Professor at Charles Darwin University and Edith Cowan University, Australia Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  During the second stage of labour, many midwives working in busy […]

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Decision-making: do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 2

Decision-making: do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 2 Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  This is the second […]

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Self-care and what it means to me

Self-care and what it means to me Susan Saville – Midwife In my journey through nursing and midwifery, caring for others has been the theme of my professional life. Having my own children saw caring for others take on a new direction;  these three little humans’ needs naturally came before my own. Then came the “Sandwich generation” where I had young […]

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