US Families Could Benefit From Integrating Midwives

US Families Could Benefit From Integrating Midwives Lynsey Hamilton – Knowledge Translation Specialist, Birth Place Lab Midwifery Program, USA It is well established that the level of coordination between care providers and across birth settings has a strong impact on health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. A new study, the Access and Integration Maternity care […]

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So far yet so similar – reflections from a Florence Nightingale travel scholarship

So far yet so similar; reflections from a Florence Nightingale travel scholarship Marie Lewis – Consultant Midwife Powys Teaching Health Board Introduction I am the consultant midwife for Powys Teaching Health Board and have been qualified 22 years. During my career I have developed my passion for woman centred care, autonomy, choice and trust. In […]

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Global midwifery series: Raising awareness of breast ironing practices and prevention

Global midwifery series: Raising awareness of breast ironing practices and prevention Helen Simpson – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at University of West London Breast ironing is a harmful traditional practice carried out in some African countries, such as Cameroon. It is inflicted on young girls as puberty starts. The procedure is carried out using a heated object […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Relationship-based continuity of carer: informed choice for mothers AND midwives

There can be no doubt that we should be implementing relationship-based continuity of carer for most women and their babies. The evidence has been mounting over years and is compelling: there are few developments that offer so much benefit, with fewer risks (See http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/images/stories/academic/skp_report.pdf). It is difficult to understand why this evidence is still seen […]

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Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan

Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan In Pakistan, community midwives (CMWs) are educated and deployed in their respective communities to provide maternity services in the form of a business. However, most of the CMWs struggle to initiate businesses and very few are able to maintain their finances, so they cannot […]

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Reflections on ICM conference, Toronto Canada, 18–22 June 2017

Reflections on ICM conference, Toronto Canada, 18–22 June 2017 Before the start of the 31st Triennial ICM congress, up to 1,000 midwives paraded through Toronto city centre, guided and encouraged by the local police and a Samba band. Flags flying and drums playing, it was a superb way to let Toronto know the ICM had […]

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Global Midwifery Matters: 2. Disrespect And Abuse In Maternity Care – A Global Issue

GLOBAL MIDWIFERY MATTERS 2. Disrespect and abuse in maternity care: a global issue 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 […]

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Report Review – The new Irish maternity strategy 2016-2026

EVIDENCE Report Reviews The new Irish maternity strategy 2016-2026 In 2016, Ireland launched its first ever maternity strategy (Department of Health [IDH] 2016). This followed many high-profile controversies, including maternal and neonatal deaths due to medical misadventure. This article reviews Ireland’s history of maternity services, the new strategy and current perinatal mental health services. Irish […]

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Umbilical cord prolapse in primary midwifery care in the netherlands; a case series – Part 1

We aimed to gain insight into umbilical cord prolapse (UCP) reported by primary care midwives in the Netherlands. Cases of UCP were reported by midwives who participated in a postgraduate training programme developed for community-based midwives. Cases were analysed using midwifery charts, ambulance report forms and discharge letters. Procedures to alleviate cord pressure, ambulance timing, […]

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