Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success 

Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success  Dr Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Scenario  Your colleagues are attending a study day in London on maternal obesity during pregnancy. You are looking forward to the […]

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On reflection: a midwife’s experience of domestic abuse

On reflection: a midwife’s experience of domestic abuse Jennifer Cole – Midwife at Worcester Royal Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 When I started my midwifery education, in September 2013, I had a very clear idea of the type of midwife I wanted to become; of the way I would care […]

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Leaving no woman behind: Thinking about the continuity of carer model, black and minority ethnic women and Better Births

Leaving no woman behind: Thinking about the continuity of carer model, black and minority ethnic women and Better Births Elsie Gayle – Midwife at ‘Midwifery Conversations’, a community of practice for midwives Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 England’s recent maternity review, Better births, recommended ‘continuity of midwife carer’ for inclusion into […]

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Tokophobia: raising awareness

Tokophobia: raising awareness Jayden Mills – Third Year Student Midwife at University of the West of England Mental health is becoming an important topic within midwifery, but there continue to be under-discussed, under-researched and stigmatised conditions, such as tokophobia. This article aims to tackle these issues by raising awareness and understanding of tokophobia, and to start conversations […]

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Obtaining postgraduate funding

Obtaining postgraduate funding Joanne Cull – Midwife at Croydon University Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019 It has become increasingly difficult to obtain either employer funding or protected time to undertake postgraduate study; one alternative source of funding is the Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) offered by HEE and NIHR. The […]

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Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis?

Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis? Isabel Alba Prats – Delivery suite midwife at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Day Assessment Unit  Christine Grabowska – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of West London The article discusses four types of pruritus in pregnancy: intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP) […]

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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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