The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice

The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice Anna Byrom – Senior lecturer UCLan and Editor TPM and Owner All4Maternity Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Background Urinalysis, previously known as uroscopy until the 17th century, began 6,000 years ago and was used as the primary diagnostic tool (Armstrong 2007). […]

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Leaving no woman behind: Thinking about the continuity of carer model, black and minority ethnic women and Better Births

Leaving no woman behind: Thinking about the continuity of carer model, black and minority ethnic women and Better Births Elsie Gayle – Midwife at ‘Midwifery Conversations’, a community of practice for midwives Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 England’s recent maternity review, Better births, recommended ‘continuity of midwife carer’ for inclusion into […]

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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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Tokophobia: raising awareness

Tokophobia: raising awareness Jayden Mills – Third Year Student Midwife at University of the West of England Mental health is becoming an important topic within midwifery, but there continue to be under-discussed, under-researched and stigmatised conditions, such as tokophobia. This article aims to tackle these issues by raising awareness and understanding of tokophobia, and to start conversations […]

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Decision-making: do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 2

Decision-making: do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 2 Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  This is the second […]

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Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom

Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom Melissa Traynor – Third Year Student Midwife at Swansea University Childbearing is a major milestone in a woman’s life, generally perceived in society as a happy occasion with a substantial expectation that women will naturally take on their mothering role with ease (Squire 2017; Tobin […]

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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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