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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Student survival guide No 8 – Developing a personal philosophy and preparing for qualification

DEVELOPING A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY AND PREPARING FOR QUALIFICATION Georgia Allan – Caseloading Midwife in Manchester Felicity Harper – Midwife at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Qualification is an exciting, nerve-racking time that ties together three years of hard work, dedication and commitment.In the final article of the Student survival guide series, Georgia Allan and Felicity […]

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The Majestic Midwife – a book for children!

The Majestic Midwife – a book for children! Laura Neale – Former and future Midwife and Childminder I began my midwifery journey in September 2002. As a student and then qualified midwife, I felt very privileged to be in a position to care for women and their families during their life-changing events. I met many women […]

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Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision

Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision Jenny Patterson – Midwife and PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University For women childbirth can be traumatic. For midwives, the working environment and fulfilling their role can be stressful and sometimes traumatic. How we, as midwives, relate to the women we care […]

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Coming Full Circle – Building a sustainable community of mothers

Building a sustainable community of mothers Tanya Saunders – Third year Student Midwife at Canterbury Christ Church University Joan Lawrence – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy The unexpected experience of social isolation and loneliness for new mothers is a growing issue in caring […]

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