Empowering Women And Their Partners

Perinatal mental health enquiry Empowering Women And Their Partners This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health.This third article in the series emphasises the promotion […]

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Neonatal – mental health, bonding and attachment

Nonatal Mental health Nonatal – Mental health, bonding and attachment There has been an emphasis in society on mental health generally and maternal mental health in particular for some time. We also know that the impact of maternal anxiety and depression, for example, can be detrimental to the neonate, potentially having a lasting impact in […]

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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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My Story post-traumatic stress disorder

My story of post traumatic stress triggered after a difficult day on placement, the subsequent difficulty of accessing the right help and diagnosis and, finally, the profound impact of the continuity of support received as a student from a team of caseload midwives; how love, support and encouragement from likeminded midwives aided my healing and […]

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Courage and compassion

The importance of being a caring advocate This article aims to explore some of the limitations that student midwives experience within the clinical setting. Courage and compassion form part of the six basic competencies, commonly known as the six Cs. Compassion is an innate trait, whereas courage is a value that can be fostered. It […]

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Zero separation

Promoting togetherness of mothers and babies This article explores issues surrounding the separation of mothers and babies during the postnatal period, highlighting the importance of keeping mothers and babies together wherever and whenever possible. The aim is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects that the act of separation has on the mother and the […]

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research symposium: Childbearing in Europe

the qualitative research network BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in childbearing, with the focus on migrants and minorities – WoMBH-net Helsinki, 14-15 September 2017 Symposium summary runs alongside Guideline commentary and the other evidence series articles; it examines local, national and international conferences that have implications directly or indirectly for midwives. It helps readers […]

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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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Working in the dark

Creating a space for birth The phenomenon of birth environment as an influencer of physiology and birth outcome is a relatively new concept within academic research and birth space design. Yet the publication of the Birthplace study (Brocklehurst et al 2011) and consonance of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (2014), in […]

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SHARED VOICES

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. Between January and August 2016, as part of a project reviewing perinatal […]

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BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability

BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation scheme is based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services. The programme improves standards of care for all babies, their mothers and families, with a particular focus […]

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CULTIVATING EDEN

MIDWIVES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HOME BIRTH TEAM IN POOLE, DORSET Current conversations about home birth in the UK tend to refer to the Birth place study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group [BECG] 2011) based on nearly 80,000 birthing women in England, of whom 18,000 planned to have a home birth. The researchers found that […]

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A place for student resilience

A place for student resilience Student survival guide (formerly Midwifery basics) is targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic.In this fourth […]

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Editorial: A PLACE FOR YOU

A PLACE FOR YOU What a busy and exciting month we have had. Thank you to all our subscribers for being part of our growing community. This month, as we focus on the issues relating to space and place, it is a great chance to celebrate and share our All4Maternity.com platform: your place for learning, […]

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INFORMED

INFORMED Informed Consent In Theatre As part of my job, when I meet families in antenatal sessions, I always speak to women and their partners about consent. For most of them, this means being informed and being given the freedom to make important choices for the health of themselves and their babies, physically and emotionally. […]

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FAB CHANGE WEEK: Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge?

FAB CHANGE WEEK Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge? INTRODUCTION Change management and the implementation of service improvements to enhance care have historically been considered to be within the remit of formal midwifery leaders, but radical alternatives are emerging. Our real change agents are often diverse individuals: the rebels and positive deviants of healthcare. […]

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MATERNITY VOICES: Still Born

MATERNITY VOICES Still Born The Importance Of The Birthing Experience Losing a baby before or shortly after birth is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family. It will change their life in an instant, almost in its entirety. Caring for a bereaved family and their child is not easy, but […]

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Evidence Series: Observational Study

EVIDENCE SERIES Observational Study Does Waterbirth Affect The Risk Of Third Degree Tears? 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 degree tears following a […]

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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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Student Survival Guide 3: Assessment And Clinical Skills

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE NO 3 Assessment And Clinical Skills For Osce And Practice Starting midwifery education is a new series of ‘Student Survival Guide’ (formerly ‘Midwifery Basics’) targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to […]

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Article Of The Month: Key Concepts In Care

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Key Concepts In Care Exploring Basic Legal And Ethical Concepts In Maternity Care This article revisits some key concepts within maternity care: women’s choice, autonomy, decision-making and consent through basic legal and ethical frameworks. It is intended as a ‘beginner’s guide’: a starting point into the tricky terrain to provide a basic […]

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Editorial: Challenging Choices

Challenging Choices As midwives and maternity care workers, we are called upon to support choice and informed decision-making as a fundamental part of our caring roles. Yet evidence demonstrates the ongoing challenge of consistently enabling choice and effective decisionmaking in daily practice. We are living in world where our choices can seem at once prolific […]

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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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Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives

Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives As Cathy Warwick leaves her post as chief executive of the RCM she reflects back on her career as a midwife over the past four decades Retirement leads me to reflect on 41 years as a midwife. What have I learned? I argue that midwives are pivotal […]

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Twitter: what is it all about?

Twitter: what is it all about? The authors examine the role of social media and how midwives can use it to develop their own practise – and offer useful advice: think before you Tweet (or post) Social media is enormous and continues to grow and develop each day. It could even be said that social […]

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#Enough

#ENOUGH Hannah Dahlen reflects on the origins of her passion for midwifery, research and teaching I have had an extraordinary life – not because I am extraordinary but because I get to enjoy so many facets of being a midwife. Today I am a Professor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University and the Higher Degree […]

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Article Of The Month: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids) – Our Finest Hour?

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Our finest hour? Unexplained infant deaths have reached the lowest level on record in England and Wales 212 deaths in 2014, a rate of 0.3 deaths per 1,000 live births (Office for National Statistics [ONS] 2016). Here, I trace this remarkable public health success story, consider […]

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Article Of The Month: Guideline-centred Care Or Woman-centred Care? A Debate And Discussion

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Guideline-centred care or woman-centred care? A debate and discussion Midwifery practice, care giving and women’s subsequent experiences of birth are often implicitly or explicitly governed by the guidelines, which can be a source of tension for both midwives and women. This article will discuss key issues, such as the conflation of […]

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The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond

The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond TV viewing hours are at an all-time high in the UK, with childbirth-based programmes some of the most popular. Women’s viewing choices could be influencing their expectations around childbirth – maybe even informing their decisions. This […]

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Thinking Outside The Box: The Ungentle Art Of Persuasion

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The ungentle art of persuasion A number of health care practitioners and papers have mooted the idea that sales techniques can be used to identify reasons for non-compliance and then offer information tailored to the recipient’s concerns. This month, Sara argues that this is inappropriate, paternalistic and not in alignment with […]

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