Midwifery basics; why do so many women struggle to breastfeed?

Midwifery basics 1. Why do so many women struggle to breastfeed? Exploring psychological, social and cultural influences on infant feeding decisions Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Public health messages encourage new mothers to breastfeed, but breastfeeding rates in many Western regions remain low. Given high maternal intentions to breastfeed, and […]

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Is caseloading sustainable? 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital

Is caseloading sustainable? 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital Octavia Wiseman – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital and Research Fellow at City, University of London Sadie Holland – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital Caseload midwifery is defined as follows: When a midwife carries a caseload she is the primary provider of midwifery care (the […]

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Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England

Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England Katrina Rigby – Senior Research Midwife and Reproductive Health, Childbirth and Children’s Research Team Leader at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Soo Downe – Professor of Midwifery at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Current national guidelines […]

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How midwifery education in Cyprus has evolved; in response to the demands of a complex and changing world

How midwifery education in Cyprus has evolved; in response to the demands of a complex and changing world Eleni Hadjigeorgiou – Coordinator of MSc programme in Midwifery at Cyprus University of Technology Maria-Dolores Christofi – Expert scientist at Cyprus University of Technology Midwifery education faces rapid changes due to changing global healthcare arenas; this has created an urgent reform […]

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Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor

Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor Michelle Tant – Midwife at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Counsellor The concerns experienced by midwives supporting struggling student midwives are varied and can range from a lack of preparation for the mentorship role to a fear of having to fail […]

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Supporting and nurturing each other at work – lessons from a postnatal ward 

by Melanie Wildman – midwifery leader I posted a comment on the wonderful Facebook page – Self-Care for Midwives, about how we try to care for staff where I work…. I was then invited to share the initiative here, to give others an idea of how to care for colleagues at work – so here […]

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The ARRIVE Trial has finally arrived – a midwife’s summary

By Professor Hannah Dahlen Well everyone the ARRIVE trial has finally arrived. This was the elective induction of labour trial at 39 weeks. A total of 3062 women were assigned to labor induction, and 3044 were assigned to expectant management. The primary outcome of perinatal morbidity for the baby occurred in 4.3% of neonates in […]

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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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