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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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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A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power

A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power Louise Clarke – PMA and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner in high risk complex care at UHCW NHS Trust Deborah Garrett – Practice Development Midwife at George Eliot NHS Trust Susan Lees – Principal Lecturer and LME at Coventry University Lin Ward – Lead PMA for Coventry and Warwickshire Michelle Waterfall – Deputy Head […]

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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination: motivating midwives after ‘training’

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination; motivating midwives after ‘training’ Marcia Bartholomew – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of West London Increasingly, the call to incorporate the screening activities of Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) as part of the professional remit and the public health role of the midwife has been heeded, illustrated by an […]

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Gestational diabetes: the importance of identification and treatment

GESTATIONAL DIABETES: THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is important because it is one of the commonest medical conditions in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of short- and longer-term adverse outcomes. Several strategies to identify women with GDM have been recommended; however, it is unclear what strategy is […]

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Family Integrated Care

Delivery of family integrated care on the neonatal unit. The introduction of parent-led ward rounds This article explores the introduction of parent-led ward rounds on a neonatal unit as an influential part of Family Integrated Care (FIC). As a growing independent population, parents want to be more involved in the care of their babies and […]

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Birth Outside the Box – #TheatreChallenge!

By midwife Katherine Mabey   What is Birth Outside the Box? Derby Birth Outside the Box team is an informal forum at Royal Derby Hospital which aims to bring midwives, doctors and other team members together, with the common goal of increasing rates of physiological birth and improving women’s experience for all births regardless of […]

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Advancing Practice: Communication Skills

ADVANCING PRACTICE Communication Skills Life After Attending And Participating In Nhs Connected Course In Advanced Communication Skills; A Midwife’S Perspective Communication is a process of giving and receiving messages and is essential to providing competent care (England and Morgan 2012; Silverman et al 2016). The poor quality of communication identified in reports (Knight et al 2014; 2016), […]

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Advancing Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care – A New Way Of Working

ADVANCING PRACTICE Facilitating group antenatal care: a new way of working This article outlines the principles and evidence behind group antenatal care and explores how developing group facilitation skills can enhance midwifery practice. The authors discuss the impact of different training models developed by the REACH pregnancy programme to support the implementation of ‘Pregnancy Circles’ […]

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Reducing the risks of obesity

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Reducing the risks of obesity Obesity is an increasing health problem among childbearing women. Worldwide rates of obesity have more than doubled in the past 35 years and over 1.9 billion adults in Britain are now considered overweight (World Health Organization [WHO] 2016). Costs associated with obesity are projected to reach […]

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