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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Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives

Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives As Cathy Warwick leaves her post as chief executive of the RCM she reflects back on her career as a midwife over the past four decades Retirement leads me to reflect on 41 years as a midwife. What have I learned? I argue that midwives are pivotal […]

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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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Viewpoint: Empathic midwifery – radical listening, curiosity and imagination

VIEWPOINT Empathic midwifery: radical listening, curiosity and imagination COMPASSION There is widespread agreement that women have a profound need for compassion during childbirth (Byrom and Downe 2015; Moloney and Gair 2015; Hall 2013). In the UK, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2015) instructs midwives to practise with compassion. However, lack of research has […]

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Advancing Practice: The Midwifery Unit Network – Creating A Community Of Practice To Enhance Maternity Services

ADVANCING PRACTICE The Midwifery Unit Network: creating a community of practice to enhance maternity services The Midwifery Unit Network (MUNet) is a community of practice which aims to promote and support the implementation and improvement of midwifery units (MUs) in the UK and internationally. It was launched in April 2016 and has been growing fast […]

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Advancing Practice: Studying For A Doctorate – Developing A Strong Voice

ADVANCING PRACTICE Studying for a doctorate: developing a strong voice Studying for a doctoral degree can be an exciting, invigorating and ultimately satisfying process but equally it can be a long, arduous, frustrating and lonely journey. In this article I speak of my own experience of the process and offer some thoughts about the ‘what, […]

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Building enhanced midwifery services

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Building enhanced midwifery services As midwives in 2016, we find ourselves in an ever-more challenging environment when it comes to providing effective care throughout the pregnancy continuum. Social deprivation and poverty seem to be common denominators when taking booking histories and, as a result, we see a steady increase in families where […]

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Improving workplace behaviour in maternity services

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Improving workplace behaviour in maternity services It is tragic that in the midwifery and medical professions we are still witnessing bullying and poor workplace behaviours in the NHS. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have been discussing this since the early 2000s as midwifery […]

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Enhancing and developing leadership in midwifery

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Enhancing and developing leadership in midwifery Leadership is a word often heard in any workplace, and healthcare services are no different. Much has been written about leadership styles and theories, with a search of one online retailer revealing 153,589 books available on the subject. How many midwives have those books on their […]

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Why caring counts

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – January 2014 Why caring counts This article introduces the ‘compassionate focused’ approach to midwifery (Gilbert 2009) and outlines its relevance to midwifery. This psychological model provides us with a theoretical and research basis to underpin what we already know at an intuitive level – that when you show care and […]

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