Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues

Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues Jo Welsh – Midwife at Knowledge 4 Change, Midwifery Lecturer at Aga Khan University and PhD Student at University of Salford Healthcare professionals who volunteer to work in low- and middle-income countries with the intention of strengthening healthcare systems need to be mindful […]

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‘Global Midwifery – celebrating journeys’: an event to inspire learning and internationalisation

‘Global Midwifery – celebrating journeys’: an event to inspire learning and internationalisation Helen C Bedford – Midwifery Lecturer at University of York Carole Lindsey – Midwifery Lecturer at University of York Midwifery is an increasingly outward-looking profession that seeks to benefit the health, wellbeing and rights of women and families across the globe. This article describes an […]

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Midwives learning for the best start in life in Germany

Midwives learning for the best start in life in Germany Lesley Page CBE On May 16th 2018 I presented at the parliamentarian evening to Senators and Members of Parliament of the German Government, together with other speakers and as the guest of Deutscher Hebammen Verband. The aim was to gain support for moving all midwifery […]

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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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