The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision

The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision Lys-Marie Williams – Professional Midwifery Advocate and Midwife at Scarborough General Hospital As a band 6 integrated midwife, anecdotally I often encountered and witnessed work-based stress. Increasing pressure on midwives and little time for support could result in low levels of job satisfaction, and emotional and physical fatigue. […]

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Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor

Mentorship; the struggling student midwife and the importance of continuity of mentor Michelle Tant – Midwife at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Counsellor The concerns experienced by midwives supporting struggling student midwives are varied and can range from a lack of preparation for the mentorship role to a fear of having to fail […]

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When all you want to do is run out of the room…

When all you want to do is run out of the room… Rebecca Weston – Third year Student Midwife at Bournemouth University This is a reflective article which I wrote shortly after I was involved in a traumatic, sudden and heart-breaking event in practice. I had just begun my second year of midwifery and was excited […]

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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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Editorial: #inittogether – Passing It On

EDITORIAL #Inittogether – passing it on This summer I was contacted by a midwife from Birmingham and asked if I could send some well-wishes for one of my past clinical mentors as she retired from midwifery. I had worked with this mentor in my final community placement of midwifery education. Reflecting on that time, I […]

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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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Articles - Advancing Practice

Using theatre in preceptorship

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Using theatre in preceptorship Using theatre methods and techniques in post registration education has the unique advantage of facilitating learning that is based in the reality of practice yet in a safe space free from the demands and pressures of the work place. It offers compassionate insights that allow participants to reflect […]

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Midwifery Basics: Becoming A Midwife (Professional Issues) – 7. The relationship between academic integrity and professional practice

MIDWIFERY BASICS: Becoming a midwife (professional issues) 7. The relationship between academic integrity and professional practice In the seventh article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores issues relating to academic integrity, the presentation of original work by students and the relationship with professional practice. Becoming a midwife is the 16th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted […]

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Overcoming fear of facilitating water birth: student and mentor perspectives

Overcoming fear of facilitating water birth: student and mentor perspectives Water immersion for labour and birth is a powerful, low cost intervention that facilitates physiological birth. However, for some midwives – students or qualified – a lack of exposure to water births can create fearful perceptions and reduce their willingness to support women in water. […]

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Articles - Basics

Midwifery Basics: 5. Professional Issues In Practice

MIDWIFERY BASICS 5. Professional Issues In Practice In this fifth article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores issues of supervision of student midwives in perineal suturing, the practical and legal implications of misadministration of medicines and accountability issues. Jancis Shepherd Lead Midwife for Education at University of West London SCENARIO Jane is the Supervisor of […]

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