Supporting women in labour have we lost the skill? personal reflection

Supporting women in labour have we lost the skill? personal reflection Carla Jayne Ball – Senior Midwifery Lecturer and Course Coordinator (three-year Midwifery programme) at University of Bedfordshire Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 5 As an experienced midwife, I have for many years supported women during labour and birth, in settings from the calm ambience […]

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A campaign re-born: physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping

A campaign re-born Physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife This blog post provides an update about the progress and validity of the #BloodtoBaby campaign.  Progress is evolutionary and whilst continuing to […]

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Maternal Journal – Creative journaling

Maternal Journal – how creative journaling can support pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mild to moderate mental health problems Journaling: ‘a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use’ (Merriam-Webster, 2018) Introduction There is growing recognition of the serious nature of maternal mental health problems during childbirth – […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management

Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a stressful life event & salutogenic midwifery management Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife Hyperemesis Gravidarum or severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy impacts on women’s physical, social, psychological and consequently fetal wellbeing and often necessitates regular hospital […]

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The birth of our humanity

  ‘A child is born’ …and then? How will that life unfold? Will this baby be well and healthy at birth, with a mother who has been wrapped around in loving care, not only in her childhood and life, but also in pregnancy, labour, birth and the early weeks of life? Will this baby be […]

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Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing

Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing By Tracy Donegan, Midwife and childbirth educator in California and founder of GentleBirth Small pilot studies exploring pregnancy and mindfulness suggest this intervention is associated with lower levels of psychological distress, including less anxiety and depression (Duncan et al 2017). In non-pregnant populations there is a […]

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The road to life: neonatal transitions to extra-uterine life

The road to life: neonatal transitions to extra-uterine life The onset of labour and birth initiates profound changes for infants. It is essential to understand these unique aspects of childbirth; doing so will equip midwives with the ability to detect deviations from expected trajectories, take appropriate actions, but most importantly support normal birth transitions. These […]

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Midwifery management of face presentation

Midwifery management of face presentation The 1980 edition of Oxorn and Foote (1980) urges the midwife not to be hasty in employing cæsarean (CS) for face presentation because, with patience, babies are usually born vaginally, with better outcomes. Reviewing how to manage face presentation can prepare the practitioner for this rare event, and decrease CS […]

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Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour

Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in maternity care has risen over the past two decades. An increasing number of women seek non-pharmacological pain management during labour and birth. The use of hydrotherapy – or water immersion – during labour offers women a naturalistic approach to […]

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