Empowering Women And Their Partners

Perinatal mental health enquiry Empowering Women And Their Partners This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health.This third article in the series emphasises the promotion […]

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Neonatal – mental health, bonding and attachment

Nonatal Mental health Nonatal – Mental health, bonding and attachment There has been an emphasis in society on mental health generally and maternal mental health in particular for some time. We also know that the impact of maternal anxiety and depression, for example, can be detrimental to the neonate, potentially having a lasting impact in […]

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Who Am I?

I am a post doctorate clinical academic midwife. What does this actually mean? What has urged me to share my thoughts? I was recently challenged by an inter-professional clinical academic colleague that I might not be a ‘proper’ post-doctorate (post-doc) clinical academic (midwife). This caused me inner turmoil, which compounded the uncertainty I already had […]

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Midwives’ knowledge of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a worldwide programme well known to midwives globally for supporting the initiation of successful breastfeeding. In low resource countries, initiation of breastfeeding immediately after birth would help to reduce neonatal complications such as infection. Knowledge of the 10 steps is critical for […]

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My Story post-traumatic stress disorder

My story of post traumatic stress triggered after a difficult day on placement, the subsequent difficulty of accessing the right help and diagnosis and, finally, the profound impact of the continuity of support received as a student from a team of caseload midwives; how love, support and encouragement from likeminded midwives aided my healing and […]

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Family Integrated Care

Delivery of family integrated care on the neonatal unit. The introduction of parent-led ward rounds This article explores the introduction of parent-led ward rounds on a neonatal unit as an influential part of Family Integrated Care (FIC). As a growing independent population, parents want to be more involved in the care of their babies and […]

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Courage and compassion

The importance of being a caring advocate This article aims to explore some of the limitations that student midwives experience within the clinical setting. Courage and compassion form part of the six basic competencies, commonly known as the six Cs. Compassion is an innate trait, whereas courage is a value that can be fostered. It […]

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Zero separation

Promoting togetherness of mothers and babies This article explores issues surrounding the separation of mothers and babies during the postnatal period, highlighting the importance of keeping mothers and babies together wherever and whenever possible. The aim is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects that the act of separation has on the mother and the […]

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Supporting student midwives on the neonatal unit

by Karen Devine, midwife    As a midwife on a busy neonatal unit (NNU), I am constantly aware that not only are parents and families who use the facility out of their comfort zones, but also the student midwives who come for experience can feel this way, too. I have been there! I remember the daunting […]

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Birth Undisturbed – a guest post by Natalie Lennard

I am a fine-art and commercial photographer of 11 years. Having long created surreal and elaborate fantasy scenes, always with a singularly conventional femininity, I’ve been increasingly hungry to showcase a more raw, powerful beauty in the most surreal yet commonplace event in a woman’s life: childbirth. Evan Gabriel I have long been fascinated by […]

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Relationship-based continuity of carer: informed choice for mothers AND midwives

There can be no doubt that we should be implementing relationship-based continuity of carer for most women and their babies. The evidence has been mounting over years and is compelling: there are few developments that offer so much benefit, with fewer risks (See http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/images/stories/academic/skp_report.pdf). It is difficult to understand why this evidence is still seen […]

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Starting an initiative; #MaternityLeader case study

Hello all, Happy New Year! A new year often represents a new start and so I thought I’d follow The Practising Midwife’s theme of ‘Bright Beginnings’ with a blog about how to run and launch a social media campaign to help anyone interested in starting a new initiative this New Year. I’m going to use […]

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All4Maternity #MaternityLeader

All4Maternity Leadership Collective has launched a new campaign #MaternityLeader Goal This campaign marks the beginning of a new community of maternity leaders, midwives, doctors, healthcare workers, doulas. The maternity workforce is changing, midwifery faces challenges ahead and we would like to contribute to the development of a maternity workforce ready and prepared to fulfil leadership opportunity […]

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research symposium: Childbearing in Europe

the qualitative research network BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in childbearing, with the focus on migrants and minorities – WoMBH-net Helsinki, 14-15 September 2017 Symposium summary runs alongside Guideline commentary and the other evidence series articles; it examines local, national and international conferences that have implications directly or indirectly for midwives. It helps readers […]

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navigating spaces:


fetal navigation techniques “I turned my OP baby and regulated my own contractions in an hour, directly avoiding induction and possibly other interventions. This was my second labour, which from this point on flowed smoothly to a physiological birth in just a few hours. My first baby had also started labour in a less than […]

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Birth Outside the Box – #TheatreChallenge!

By midwife Katherine Mabey   What is Birth Outside the Box? Derby Birth Outside the Box team is an informal forum at Royal Derby Hospital which aims to bring midwives, doctors and other team members together, with the common goal of increasing rates of physiological birth and improving women’s experience for all births regardless of […]

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Access to digital information, social artifice and choice

Changing attitudes and actions around women’s health, childbirth and gender equality are being powerfully supported by technology engaging mass communication. Social media are helping to raise awareness and encourage discussion by breaking down barriers of distance and geography. But sometimes, too much information – especially if it is inaccurate or of poor quality – can pose a challenge for women and families and […]

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Working in the dark

Creating a space for birth The phenomenon of birth environment as an influencer of physiology and birth outcome is a relatively new concept within academic research and birth space design. Yet the publication of the Birthplace study (Brocklehurst et al 2011) and consonance of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (2014), in […]

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SHARED VOICES

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. Between January and August 2016, as part of a project reviewing perinatal […]

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The Place of Political Satire and Cartoons in Birth Activism

By Laura Godfrey-Issacs Henny Beaumont (2017) ‘I’ve thought of a great way to tackle midwife shortages’ Recent political events in the UK and globally are a gift for satirists, such as Henny Beaumont – artist, writer and disability activist – and subsequently we see a resurgence of political sketches and lampooning in the media. But, […]

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BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability

BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation scheme is based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services. The programme improves standards of care for all babies, their mothers and families, with a particular focus […]

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CULTIVATING EDEN

MIDWIVES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HOME BIRTH TEAM IN POOLE, DORSET Current conversations about home birth in the UK tend to refer to the Birth place study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group [BECG] 2011) based on nearly 80,000 birthing women in England, of whom 18,000 planned to have a home birth. The researchers found that […]

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A place for student resilience

A place for student resilience Student survival guide (formerly Midwifery basics) is targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic.In this fourth […]

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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 All4Maternity.com platform: your place for learning, […]

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The birth of our humanity

  ‘A child is born’ …and then? How will that life unfold? Will this baby be well and healthy at birth, with a mother who has been wrapped around in loving care, not only in her childhood and life, but also in pregnancy, labour, birth and the early weeks of life? Will this baby be […]

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We made our big launch at the RCM annual conference 2017..

RCM annual conference 2017 So, its been an exciting time and we were proud to announce the launch of the all new, fresh look journal ‘The Practising Midwife’ and our new online dedicated solution for all involved in the midwifery world – www.all4maternity.com The RCM annual conference was held on the 31st October – 1st […]

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An SOS for our NHS: corporate influence on maternity services

Maddie McMahon is a well respected birth and postnatal doula, and a member of our Editorial Board. This post is hers; Maddie’s clear and articulate piece reflects an increasing frustration in the commercialisation of the NHS, paying attention here to maternity services. When an old buffalo has become decrepit and lumbering, the carrion crows start […]

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Midwifery Gold

This is our very first guest blog post, and we’re honoured to host the words of Claire Kay. Claire is a mother of three teenagers, and lives in North Wales.  She is the founder of ‘Birth Story Listeners’ which is a Peer Support Group for mothers in North Wales, & also the ‘Birth Trauma Christian […]

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Representations Of Childbirth And How They Can Affect The Choice Agenda

Representations Of Childbirth And How They Can Affect The Choice Agenda We live in an electronic and highly visual age where images of birth, pregnancy and motherhood saturate our social and mainstream media – however, images made by artists, which might be less available, can provide an alternative set of representations, and are rarely referenced […]

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