Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1 

Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1  Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton This article is the first in a two-part series exploring decision-making (DM) in contemporary midwifery practice. […]

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Hospital or home?

Hospital or home?; Pre-labour rupture of membranes Sarah Lodola – Clinical placement co-ordinator at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin The management of pre-labour rupture of membranes at term remains a debated issue and there is a wide variation in practice, with no clear agreement on what comprises the optimal management of spontaneous rupture of […]

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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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Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor

Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor Michelle Tant – Midwife at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Counsellor The concerns experienced by midwives supporting struggling student midwives are varied and can range from a lack of preparation for the mentorship role to a fear of having to fail […]

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Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma

Beneath the surface: breaking cycles of hidden trauma Mhairi McLellan First year Student Midwife at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Adverse childhood experiences It is 20 years since the publication of the seminal study that was one of the first to link adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to the leading causes of death in America (Felitti et al 1998). […]

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Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research

Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research Roisin Bailey PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer at Birmingham City University Introduction The medical model of care and research has dominated Western medicine and healthcare (Bryer and Sinclair 2011). It uses empirical evidence to seek generalisable findings based on risk, cure and pathology. […]

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Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire

Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife in Worcester The planning and development of two new birth centres is a unique chance for communities, service users and service providers to work together to create a space where women and their families’ needs during childbirth, are […]

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Making a Stand for Midwifery

Making a Stand for Midwifery Paul Golden – Independent Midwife Mediator, Legal Adviser Educator Midwives face increasing challenges in the profession, such as investigations, employment and regulatory challenges, and complaints from colleagues or clients. Significant numbers of midwives are leaving due to work pressures, with low resources, staffing and morale. The bullying culture is at last […]

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Never fear; the way we share information with women matters

Never fear; the way we share information with women matters Meg Hitchick – Midwife in Bathurst, New South Wales The young woman clutches a tissue and dabs at her eyes while she tells the story. “I have to have an induction. They told me that the baby might grow too big to get out, or that […]

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Birth and the microbiome; what all midwives need to know

BIRTH AND THE MICROBIOME; WHAT ALL MIDWIVES NEED TO KNOW Birth is an important event in many ways, but emerging research is demonstrating that the way we are born may have far-reaching consequences for our future health and wellbeing. This article looks briefly at what is known about the microbiome and health, the importance of birth, […]

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