Communication matters

Communication matters “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change” Bob Kerrey Dr Catherine Green – Clinical Psychologist with Lambeth Perinatal Mental Health Team Ellie Ware – Peer Support Coordinator APP Laura Bridle – Perinatal Mental Health Midwife at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue […]

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Global Midwifery Matters: 4. Stillbirth In Sri Lanka

GLOBAL MIDWIFERY MATTERS 4. Stillbirth in Sri Lanka This mini series aims to share, discuss and promote midwifery in a global context. Midwifery is a truly global profession and even those of us who work solely in the UK will care for women from many different cultures; these articles reflect the experiences of midwives and […]

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Living with intimate partner violence: a literature review of pregnant women’s experiences

Living with intimate partner violence: a literature review of pregnant women’s experiences Pregnancy brings joy to most women’s lives. However, some women do not enjoy their pregnancy, due to physical and/or emotional health problems, or social circumstances such as being in a relationship characterised by intimate partner violence (IPV). The aim of this review is […]

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Transferring women’s care from midwives to obstetricians: an audit

Transferring women’s care from midwives to obstetricians: an audit This article identifies whether women were appropriately transferred from a low-risk pathway to a high-risk pathway and the accuracy of associated documentation. An audit methodology and audit tool are utilised to obtain the required data. The procedure for transferring women from low-risk to high-risk care pathways […]

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Specialist clinics can reduce pregnancy risks for obese women

Specialist clinics can reduce pregnancy risks for obese women Research published by the University of Edinburgh says that specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese pregnant women help cut rates of pregnancy complications, and that women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth. Research published by the University of Edinburgh says that […]

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Best practice in fetal monitoring and neonatal care crucial to improve birth outcomes

Best practice in fetal monitoring and neonatal care crucial to improve birth outcomes Three quarters of babies who die or are brain injured during birth might have had a different outcome with different care, says national investigation. For the first time, the RCOG “Each Baby Counts” initiative has been able to pinpoint and share the […]

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Stillbirth rates improving but overall neonatal mortality almost unchanged

Stillbirth rates improving but overall neonatal mortality almost unchanged The latest MBRRACE-UK report finds that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015 but still short of the current Government ambition to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. MBBRACE-UK* (2017) […]

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Barriers to implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening

Barriers to implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening In the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States of America and Europe, universal and routine screening for domestic violence is recommended for pregnant women, extending into the postnatal period. However, the lack of self-confidence among midwives and midwifery students in implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening, is consistent within […]

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Midwifery management of face presentation

Midwifery management of face presentation The 1980 edition of Oxorn and Foote (1980) urges the midwife not to be hasty in employing cæsarean (CS) for face presentation because, with patience, babies are usually born vaginally, with better outcomes. Reviewing how to manage face presentation can prepare the practitioner for this rare event, and decrease CS […]

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Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit

Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit Lactational mastitis has an incidence of around 10 per cent in postpartum women, with breast abscess complicating some of these. The key principles of treatment include: supportive counselling, warm or cold compresses, effective milk removal, oral antibiotic therapy and symptomatic treatment. Patients can be […]

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