Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter

Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter Emma Spillane – Midwife at St George’s Hospital Birth environment is vitally important, not only for the comfort of the mother and her birth partners, but also to enable a woman to labour undisturbed in a positive environment which is conducive to all necessary aspects of labour and birth. […]

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Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth

Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife at the University of Worcester and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust The use of water for labour and birth has increased in popularity over the past decades. Pioneered in modern maternity settings, by Michele Odent (1983), water has now become a mainstream choice […]

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Supporting physiological birth; a case study

Supporting physiological birth; a case study Evony Lynch, Community Midwife at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust This article explores the role of a midwife in supporting physiological labour and birth, through the use of a case study where I attended a home birth recently.The article reflects on care provision in the latent phase of labour and the […]

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A campaign re-born: physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping

A campaign re-born Physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife This blog post provides an update about the progress and validity of the #BloodtoBaby campaign.  Progress is evolutionary and whilst continuing to […]

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Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care

Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife A recent safeguarding update at work inspired me to write this blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the importance of a multi professional ‘ACE informed approach’ to care. The […]

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Being alongside on the transformative journey of pregnancy, birth and the start of parenting

The journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood as transformation Leaving from the airport when I set off on my holidays a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the huge vibrant graphic above the door as I went through security, reminding that every journey is a transformation. I immediately thought of the journey of […]

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Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care

Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care Inno Omar Principal of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria Asha John Senior Midwifery Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton Respect and dignity of child-bearing women, throughout their childbearing period and at the time of birth is the hallmark of respectful midwifery care. In every […]

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Maternal Journal – Creative journaling

Maternal Journal – how creative journaling can support pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mild to moderate mental health problems Journaling: ‘a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use’ (Merriam-Webster, 2018) Introduction There is growing recognition of the serious nature of maternal mental health problems during childbirth – […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management

Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife Hyperemesis Gravidarum or severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy impacts on women’s physical, social, psychological and consequently fetal wellbeing and often necessitates regular hospital […]

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