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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Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care

Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife A recent safeguarding update at work inspired me to write this blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the importance of a multi professional ‘ACE informed approach’ to care. The […]

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Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care

Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care Inno Omar Principal of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria Asha John Senior Midwifery Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton Respect and dignity of child-bearing women, throughout their childbearing period and at the time of birth is the hallmark of respectful midwifery care. In every […]

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Maternal Journal – Creative journaling

Maternal Journal – how creative journaling can support pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mild to moderate mental health problems Journaling: ‘a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use’ (Merriam-Webster, 2018) Introduction There is growing recognition of the serious nature of maternal mental health problems during childbirth – […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management

Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife Hyperemesis Gravidarum or severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy impacts on women’s physical, social, psychological and consequently fetal wellbeing and often necessitates regular hospital […]

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Relationship-based continuity of carer: informed choice for mothers AND midwives

There can be no doubt that we should be implementing relationship-based continuity of carer for most women and their babies. The evidence has been mounting over years and is compelling: there are few developments that offer so much benefit, with fewer risks (See http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/images/stories/academic/skp_report.pdf). It is difficult to understand why this evidence is still seen […]

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Navigating Spaces:


Fetal Navigation Techniques “I turned my OP baby and regulated my own contractions in an hour, directly avoiding induction and possibly other interventions. This was my second labour, which from this point on flowed smoothly to a physiological birth in just a few hours. My first baby had also started labour in a less than […]

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The birth of our humanity

  ‘A child is born’ …and then? How will that life unfold? Will this baby be well and healthy at birth, with a mother who has been wrapped around in loving care, not only in her childhood and life, but also in pregnancy, labour, birth and the early weeks of life? Will this baby be […]

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