Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding

Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding Ali Monghan – Joint Editor of The Student Midwife Journal and Student Midwife at University of West London 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 development and […]

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Birth is not Porn

Birth is not Porn Laura Godfrey-Isaacs – Artist, Birth Activist and Midwife at King’s College London Powerful images of childbirth posted by mothers, artists and organisations that advocate for women, are being censored on social media, and labelled as ‘porn’. During World Breastfeeding Week (2018), I posted a number of brelfies (selfies of women breastfeeding), referencing […]

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What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife

What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife Sarah Curran – Midwife, Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland As a student midwife, I dreamed of the day I would be wearing my ‘blues’, confidently walking down the hospital hallways as a fully qualified midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council pin in hand, ready to […]

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Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health

Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health Emma Lazenby – Director of ForMed Films CIC Midwives are uniquely placed to support parents and parents-to-be at one of the happiest, and, most stressful times of their lives. But what do you do when you find both the mother or […]

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Should women’s right to maternal request caesarean section be promoted?

Should women’s right to maternal request caesarean section be promoted? Lesley Page – CBE Birthrights recently published a report on responses by individual hospitals in the UK to women’s requests for caesarean section. The new Lancet Series has raised once again one of the central challenges of maternity care: how to prevent both the underuse and […]

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Nurture Zone ‘Stamp of Approval’

Nurture Zone ‘Stamp of Approval’ Welcome to the new All4Maternity Nurture Zone – curated by Sally Goodwin and Lee Andersen-Whalley. We are so excited to launch this area of the website, a place solely dedicated to supporting you as midwives, student midwives or those aspiring, maternity doulas and other healthcare professionals – we welcome you […]

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Staying well at work

So it’s that difficult shift. You are run off your feet – and your colleagues are too…what could help?   Consider making cups of tea for colleagues (especially after the emergency buzzer).  Smile, connect and offer support to each other. Ask if our colleagues are ok? Give authentic positive (or motivational) feedback to members of the […]

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Five Films to Inspire

We have picked out 5 videos that inspire us, that pick us up, motivate us and keep us feeling well. We hope to LOVE them: 1. Ben Zander – The Art of Possibility – speaking to people’s passion. Just watching Ben’s warm face and enthusiasm for people makes us happy. His lessons are so useful […]

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Mass appreciation

Mass appreciation   Stop for a minute. Who do you need? Who is there for you through it all? Taking time to appreciate the people who help us makes such a positive difference. Say thank you. Tell your supporters how much they mean. Positive, authentic feedback makes people feel great and helps to build reciprocity […]

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Love from Anna

You matter, your life matters and how you feel about yourself and your life matters too.  As pressures build we can forget to LOOK, LISTEN, LEARN, LAUGH and LOVE. Take a moment to find the joy in your every day moments. Look up at the sky, in to the eyes of your colleagues or the […]

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