My battle with postpartum thyroiditis

My battle with postpartum thyroiditis Jenny Allen – Reception Teacher in Greater Manchester Published in The Practising Midwife Journal Volume 22 Issue 2 February 2019 Three months following the birth of my daughter I became extremely Ill with postpartum thyroiditis and was unable to find the necessary medical support. Postpartum thyroiditis happens to up to 10 per […]

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Communication matters

Communication matters “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change” Bob Kerrey Dr Catherine Green – Clinical Psychologist with Lambeth Perinatal Mental Health Team Ellie Ware – Peer Support Coordinator APP Laura Bridle – Perinatal Mental Health Midwife at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue […]

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Infant feeding; changing the conversation

Infant feeding; changing the conversation Francesca Entwistle – Midwife and Professional Advisor (Policy and Advocacy) to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Francesca Entwistle, Midwife, RCM member and professional advisor to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, explains how the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) recent position statement on infant feeding and the media response (RCM 2018) […]

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Supporting and nurturing each other at work – lessons from a postnatal ward 

by Melanie Wildman – midwifery leader I posted a comment on the wonderful Facebook page – Self-Care for Midwives, about how we try to care for staff where I work…. I was then invited to share the initiative here, to give others an idea of how to care for colleagues at work – so here […]

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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination: motivating midwives after ‘training’

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination; motivating midwives after ‘training’ Marcia Bartholomew – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of West London Increasingly, the call to incorporate the screening activities of Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) as part of the professional remit and the public health role of the midwife has been heeded, illustrated by an […]

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Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care

Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife A recent safeguarding update at work inspired me to write this blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the importance of a multi professional ‘ACE informed approach’ to care. The […]

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Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care

Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care Inno Omar Principal of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria Asha John Senior Midwifery Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton Respect and dignity of child-bearing women, throughout their childbearing period and at the time of birth is the hallmark of respectful midwifery care. In every […]

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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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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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