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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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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Getting the Basics of Maternity Care Right

Getting the Basics of Maternity Care Right Mhairi McLellan – Student Midwife at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen What does the word basic mean to you? It may conjure an idea of something ‘satisfactory’, something that does what it needs to do and no more. Alternatively, the word basic might make you think of ‘foundations’ – […]

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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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Preventing the Jab; how can we stop the unnecessary use of Anti-D in pregnancy?

Preventing the jab; an alternative to using of Anti-D in pregnancy? Jayden Mills – 3rd Year Student Midwife at University of the West of England (UWE) It has been reported recently that the new blood test for Down’s Syndrome may be rolled out throughout the UK (Ewers, 2016). This blood test is called the NIPT (Non-Invasive […]

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Socially Acceptable?

Socially Acceptable? Charlene Cole – Student Midwife Coventry University Since writing my first article on Social Media over a year ago I feel there has been a positive shift in perception regarding the acceptability of the use of social media in professional spheres. For me, it is an essential part of my midwifery life: it […]

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Social media – a reinforcing cycle; student studygram

Social media – a reinforcing cycle; student studygram Jessica Rawlinson – Student Midwife University of Surrey One day I was sitting writing up my notes on fetal circulation, wondering how on earth all this human physiology and anatomy would stay in my easily distracted brain, and the next day I am truly overwhelmed  by the […]

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Supporting physiological birth; a case study

Supporting physiological birth; a case study Evony Lynch, Community Midwife at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust This article explores the role of a midwife in supporting physiological labour and birth, through the use of a case study where I attended a home birth recently.The article reflects on care provision in the latent phase of labour and the […]

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