‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it

‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it Sara E Borrelli – Assistant Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Denis Walsh – Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Helen Spiby – Professor in Midwifery at the University of […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined

One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing […]

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A campaign re-born: physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping

A campaign re-born Physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife This blog post provides an update about the progress and validity of the #BloodtoBaby campaign.  Progress is evolutionary and whilst continuing to […]

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A comparison of three models of care for inpatient induction of labour: an observational analysis

A comparison of three models of care for inpatient induction of labour: an observational analysis Case study This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of inpatient care models during induction of labour (IOL). A prospective observational study involving 1,133 women undergoing IOL in a tertiary obstetric centre was conducted between March 2009 and August 2010. […]

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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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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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Midwives’ knowledge of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a worldwide programme well known to midwives globally for supporting the initiation of successful breastfeeding. In low resource countries, initiation of breastfeeding immediately after birth would help to reduce neonatal complications such as infection. Knowledge of the 10 steps is critical for […]

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Evidence Series: Observational Study

EVIDENCE SERIES Observational Study Does Waterbirth Affect The Risk Of Third Degree Tears? Diane Garland (Freelance Midwife) An observational study was undertaken during 2016 following concerns raised by Corte (2011). A question often raised at study days I host worldwide asks, ‘Does waterbirth increase the percentage of third degree tears?’ The original observational study reviewed third […]

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Report Review: State Of The World’s Fathers – Time For Action

REPORT REVIEW State of the world’s fathers: time for action State of the world’s fathers: time for action presents a summary of the current issues facing fathers with suggestions of what action is needed to improve the experience of fathers and the wellbeing of families across the world. Helman B, Levov R, van der Gaag […]

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