Articles - Advancing Practice

Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment: a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1

ADVANCING PRACTICE Postnatal Care Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment:a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1 This two-part series explores the phenomenon of concealed pregnancy and the association with newborn abandonment, with reference to recent cases of public interest. In Part 1 we focus on defining concealed pregnancy as a complex process which involves hiding […]

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Research Unwrapped – Continuity of care: what matters to women when they are referred from primary to secondary care during labour?

EVIDENCE Research Unwrapped Continuity of care: what matters to women when they are referred from primary to secondary care during labour? A qualitative interview study in the Netherlands – Ank de Jonge, Rosan Stuijt, Iva Eijke, and Marjan J Westerman (2014). BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14: 103 Research unwrapped is a popular series to help […]

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Cochrane Corner: Massage for promoting mental and physical health in infants under six months

EVIDENCE Cochrane Corner Massage for promoting mental and physical health in infants under six months The aim of this bi-monthly column is to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation that […]

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Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills – Part 3. The hips

Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. This article considers the importance of the examination of the hips in the screening process. The significance of history taking, knowledge of risk factors and the hip examination will be explored. The necessity for early detection and treatment of hip abnormalities, along with referral pathways that […]

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Cochrane Corner: Dietary supplements for preventing postnatal depression

EVIDENCE Cochrane Corner Dietary supplements for preventing postnatal depression/h4> The aim of this article is to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation that prepares and maintains high quality systematic reviews […]

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Developing specialist perinatal mental health services

Perinatal mental illness (PMI) represents a significant public health concern affecting considerable numbers of pregnant women and mothers of infants. Depression and anxiety are key issues; however accurate identification of PMI, suitable intervention and provision of adequate services are salient contemporary challenges. Coherence in the commissioning of PMI services, appropriate and contextually sensitive to the […]

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Striving for better maternal mental health

Mental health is an integral part of health and a state of wellbeing. The concept of ‘parity of esteem’ increases awareness that mental health needs to be treated as seriously as physical health. During the childbirth continuum, women and their partners can be at increased risk of mental health problems; therefore it is important to […]

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Perinatal mental health: midwives and health visitors working together

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) focuses on the care offered to pregnant women and children in the first five years of life. It is delivered by a range of professionals, with the health visitor as lead. Effective delivery of the HCP depends on services for children and families being fully integrated, and partnership working between […]

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Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills – Part 2. The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 EXAMINATION OF THE NEWBORN: THE KEY SKILLS: Part 2 – The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. In the second of a four-part series, this article considers the importance of the cardiovascular examination in the screening process. The significance […]

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Community care: added value at no extra cost

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 ‘Community care: added value at no extra cost In a difficult economic climate it is not always possible to restructure or resource existing services run by community midwives. However, it is possible to create and carry through small projects at little cost that improve continuity of care and […]

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