Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour; reducing postnatal perineal pain

Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour: Reducing postnatal perineal pain Annette Ballard – Labour Ward Sister at Rosie Hospital Cambridge Background Delivering a baby is a privilege and it is the role of the midwife to optimise health and wellbeing, this includes care of the perineum, especially during the second stage of labour. […]

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Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women

Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women Anne Richley – Community Midwifery Matron at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Paula Briody – PMA at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Lottie Blunden – Third year Student Midwife at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust Background Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is an acute general hospital with a maternity unit facilitating around […]

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His (research) story or their story?

His (research) story or their story? Elizabeth Carter Lactation Consultant, Midwife and Tongue-tie Practitioner in Dorset “A gorgeous little boy was born following a fairly straightforward birth…” Or “The Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) set the standards of care in the NMC Code…” Which opening sentence grabs your attention and makes you want to read more? […]

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Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma

Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma Mhairi McLellan First year Student Midwife at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Adverse childhood experiences It is 20 years since the publication of the seminal study that was one of the first to link adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to the leading causes of death in America (Felitti et al 1998). […]

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‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it

‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it Sara E Borrelli – Assistant Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Denis Walsh – Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Helen Spiby – Professor in Midwifery at the University of […]

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Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research

Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research Roisin Bailey PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer at Birmingham City University Introduction The medical model of care and research has dominated Western medicine and healthcare (Bryer and Sinclair 2011). It uses empirical evidence to seek generalisable findings based on risk, cure and pathology. […]

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Implementing an aromatherapy service within a midwifery-led birth centre

Implementing an aromatherapy service within a midwifery-led birth centre  Karen Mitchell – Associate Midwife Lead and Lead Midwife for Aromatherapy at Blackburn Birth Centre Complementary therapies in midwifery The demand for the use of complementary therapies in midwifery practice is increasing. Women are seeking out alternative ways to manage minor ailments in pregnancy, pain in labour […]

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From student to midwife…fifteen months on!

From student to midwife…fifteen months on! Danielle Carey – Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Trust: University Hospital Birmingham At the end of a long shift, the colour of my urine explains my kidney pain, while the associated headache confirms dehydration. The innate need to eat and sleep battles with the desire to shower away hospital germs. The […]

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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting; establishing a midwife-led fetal growth assessment (MFGA) clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy Brenda Kelly – Head of Midwifery and Neonatology and Divisional Midwife at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Heather Watson – Practice Development Midwife for antenatal and postnatal care at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services, Belfast […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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