Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women

Meeting the Matrons; advocating for women Anne Richley – Community Midwifery Matron at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Paula Briody – PMA at Northampton General Hospital Maternity Unit Lottie Blunden – Third year Student Midwife at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust Background Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is an acute general hospital with a maternity unit facilitating around […]

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‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education

‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education Gemma Boyd – Midwife and Clinical Educator currently on secondment as Health Education England Transformation and Leadership Fellow This article explores the relationship between comedy and safety. It discusses how midwives have a long history of using comedy and laughter as a way to […]

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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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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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Doulas and Midwives: A Powerful Alliance

Doulas and Midwives: A powerful alliance This article explores the relationship between doulas and midwives. Misunderstandings of the doula role are common in midwifery circles. Despite this, doulas are more sought after than ever before and it is increasingly likely that midwives will encounter a doula in the birth room or in a mother’s home. […]

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Being alongside – with #MatExp!

Charlene Cole BSC (Hons.), PgDL, PhD – student midwife Coventry University The theme for this month’s The Practising Midwife journal is Alongside. When I thought about what this meant to me many ideas sprung to mind – collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, our new alongside midwifery-led unit at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, @JennytheM’s latest blog […]

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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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Agnes Gereb – yet another travesty

I met Agnes Gereb for the first time in 2012 in her light filled apartment in Budapest that was both her home and her prison. Agnes had been charged in 2008 with ‘manslaughter through negligence in the course of her professional practice’. This charge was based on the breathing difficulties and subsequent death of a […]

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Supporting student midwives on the neonatal unit

by Karen Devine, midwife    As a midwife on a busy neonatal unit (NNU), I am constantly aware that not only are parents and families who use the facility out of their comfort zones, but also the student midwives who come for experience can feel this way, too. I have been there! I remember the daunting […]

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#Enough

#ENOUGH Hannah Dahlen reflects on the origins of her passion for midwifery, research and teaching I have had an extraordinary life – not because I am extraordinary but because I get to enjoy so many facets of being a midwife. Today I am a Professor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University and the Higher Degree […]

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