Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1 

Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1  Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton This article is the first in a two-part series exploring decision-making (DM) in contemporary midwifery practice. […]

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Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection

Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection Jo Lironi – Midwifery Lecturer and Masters Research student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen This study explores stage 1 nursing students’ experiences of group interviews as part of the selection process to inform the future of midwifery selection practice. Using hermeneutic phenomenology to interview […]

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Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter

Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter Emma Spillane – Midwife at St George’s Hospital Birth environment is vitally important, not only for the comfort of the mother and her birth partners, but also to enable a woman to labour undisturbed in a positive environment which is conducive to all necessary aspects of labour and birth. […]

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Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues

Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues Jo Welsh – Midwife at Knowledge 4 Change, Midwifery Lecturer at Aga Khan University and PhD Student at University of Salford Healthcare professionals who volunteer to work in low- and middle-income countries with the intention of strengthening healthcare systems need to be mindful […]

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Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation

Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Scenario Rose is a first-time mother attending a breastfeeding support clinic you are running. Rose gave birth three weeks ago after a complicated labour. Although […]

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Sustainability; everybody’s business

Sustainability; everybody’s business Anna Byrom – Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire A choice worth making Investing in our own and others’ futures has never been more crucial. Ensuring sustainable approaches to our health, society and environment is vital to maintaining continued and enhanced prosperity as individuals and as a global community (United Nations 2013). As a […]

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Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline

Enabling access to birth in a midwife-led unit; implementation of a co-produced evidenced-based guideline Maria Healy – Lecturer in Midwifery (Education) at Queen’s University Belfast Patricia Gillen – Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs at Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Lecturer at Ulster University There is an increasing emphasis on the need […]

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Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning

Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning Ann Nolan – Union Learning Fund Project Manager for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Northern Ireland Stephen Hamilton – Nurse Education Consultant based in the Clinical Education Centre, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast Melissa Crockett – Union Learning Representative with the RCM and Bereavement Support […]

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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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Hospital or home?

Hospital or home?; Pre-labour rupture of membranes Sarah Lodola – Clinical placement co-ordinator at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin The management of pre-labour rupture of membranes at term remains a debated issue and there is a wide variation in practice, with no clear agreement on what comprises the optimal management of spontaneous rupture of […]

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