Home birth: can midwives and obstetricians work together to provide true choice and support?

Home birth: can midwives and obstetricians work together to provide true choice and support? Florence Wilcox – Consultant Obstetrician at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Jo Pitcher – Birth Centre Lead at  East Surrey Hospital; previously Home birth team Lead at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 2 March 2019 In this […]

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Carbon monoxide monitoring in pregnancy

Carbon monoxide monitoring in pregnancy Denise Leach – Registered Nurse and Student Midwife (short course) at University of Central Lancashire Published in The Practising Midwife Journal Volume 22 Issue 2 February 2019 During my training as a student midwife, I have been given the opportunity to develop my audit skills, offering insight into how audit can […]

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My battle with postpartum thyroiditis

My battle with postpartum thyroiditis Jenny Allen – Reception Teacher in Greater Manchester Published in The Practising Midwife Journal Volume 22 Issue 2 February 2019 Three months following the birth of my daughter I became extremely Ill with postpartum thyroiditis and was unable to find the necessary medical support. Postpartum thyroiditis happens to up to 10 per […]

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Valsalva manoeuvre during the second stage of labour?

Valsalva manoeuvre during the second stage of labour? Sinead Gilsenan – Midwife at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth, Western Australia Dr Sadie Geraghty – Associate Professor at Charles Darwin University and Edith Cowan University, Australia Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  During the second stage of labour, many midwives working in busy […]

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The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision

The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision Lys-Marie Williams – Professional Midwifery Advocate and Midwife at Scarborough General Hospital As a band 6 integrated midwife, anecdotally I often encountered and witnessed work-based stress. Increasing pressure on midwives and little time for support could result in low levels of job satisfaction, and emotional and physical fatigue. […]

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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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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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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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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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