Sustainability; everybody’s business

Sustainability; everybody’s business Anna Byrom – Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire A choice worth making Investing in our own and others’ futures has never been more crucial. Ensuring sustainable approaches to our health, society and environment is vital to maintaining continued and enhanced prosperity as individuals and as a global community (United Nations 2013). As a […]

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Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning

Maximising the health and wellbeing of the midwifery workforce; with Wellness Recovery Action Planning Ann Nolan – Union Learning Fund Project Manager for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Northern Ireland Stephen Hamilton – Nurse Education Consultant based in the Clinical Education Centre, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast Melissa Crockett – Union Learning Representative with the RCM and Bereavement Support […]

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Is caseloading sustainable? Lessons from the front line at King’s College Hospital

Is caseloading sustainable? Lessons from the front line at King’s College Hospital Sadie Holland – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital  Octavia Wiseman – Community Midwife at King’s College Hospital and Research Fellow at City, University of London At King’s College Hospital in Camberwell, south London, we have a 25-year tradition of NHS caseloading, with named midwives providing […]

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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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From student to midwife…fifteen months on!

From student to midwife…fifteen months on! Danielle Carey – Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Trust: University Hospital Birmingham At the end of a long shift, the colour of my urine explains my kidney pain, while the associated headache confirms dehydration. The innate need to eat and sleep battles with the desire to shower away hospital germs. The […]

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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting; establishing a midwife-led fetal growth assessment (MFGA) clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy Brenda Kelly – Head of Midwifery and Neonatology and Divisional Midwife at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Heather Watson – Practice Development Midwife for antenatal and postnatal care at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services, Belfast […]

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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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The true cost of maternity charges

The true cost of maternity charges Roisin O’Cearnaigh – Second Year Student Midwife at City, University of London Anna Melamed – Midwife at Homerton University Hospital Trust The introduction of health charging for maternity services contributes to vulnerable migrant women not receiving the antenatal care they need. Despite the commitment to bringing down health inequalities by the Department […]

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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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