Student Catchers

Student Catchers Emma Hill – 2ndyear student midwife Western Sydney University At its simplest the catching of babies is a pure gift.  Those amongst us who have stood in that space understand the power of birth.  We understand that in moment we have an opportunity. We have an opportunity to instil belief in the woman.  We are […]

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The Mentor – a student midwife reflection through Spoken Word

 By Hollie Johnstone      My name is Hollie, I’m 23, and I’m about to qualify as a midwife! After four years of hard work, sacrifices and perseverance, I’ve now done my last ever shift as a student. How exciting and terrifying is that….. Midwifery wasn’t a clear cut path for me despite the fact […]

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#Tips4StudentMidwives

#Tips4StudentMidwives Ali Monaghan – Student Midwife University of West London Mhairi McLellan – Student Midwife at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen As we bid farewell and congratulate our previous Future Midwife team (Ali, Charlene and Ruth) who have recently qualified as midwives, we are very excited to introduce you to our shiny new collaborators @Alithemidwife and […]

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Birth (and midwives) in the media

Birth (and midwives) in the Media By Laura Godfrey Issacs – Midwife, Artist and Activist August 2018 In August 2017, myself and many others were caught up in a storm of media ‘stories’ and debates around birth. These were swirling around the misapprehension that the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) had dropped the use of […]

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Nature’s first stem cell transfer occurs at birth

Nature’s first stem cell transfer occurs at birth Hannah Tizard – Midwife and Founder of the Optimal Cord Clamping #BloodtoBaby Campaign Amanda Burleigh – Midwifery Consultant and Optimal Cord Clamping Campaigner This month I am writing with a wonderful colleague and friend Amanda Burleigh who is a long standing campaigner of optimal cord clamping (OCC). […]

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“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker?

“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker? Bahareh Goodarzi, Midwife and Researcher in the Netherlands As a midwife, I notice that, in high income countries, more and more healthy pregnant women receive medical interventions and end up in hospital care. In an effort to prevent […]

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The Skye, stars and the moon; One to One Midwives shining bright

Today I write a brief blog to update you about the fantastic feedback and statistics from One to One Midwives. Lead by Skye Rolfe @midwife_skye on Twitter these rates and the heartfelt feedback from women demonstrate the benefits of a true caseloading model of midwifery care. http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/ One to One Midwives have been providing a […]

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Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women

Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women Becky Westbury – Midwife at Royal Gwent Hospital My passion I have known since early on in my midwifery journey that community midwifery is where my passion lies. Being able to provide continuity of care to women and families throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period is such […]

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Round the world in midwifery : the humanisation of birth

Round the world in midwifery : the humanisation of birth Lesley Page CBE Last week I travelled to Hong Kong and tonight I am on my way to Brazil, to lecture and do workshops on the humanisation of birth. The ICM has defined humanisation of birth as: “care that recognises the significance of birth for […]

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