Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour; reducing postnatal perineal pain

Improving Perineal Care in the Second Stage of Labour: Reducing postnatal perineal pain Annette Ballard – Labour Ward Sister at Rosie Hospital Cambridge Background Delivering a baby is a privilege and it is the role of the midwife to optimise health and wellbeing, this includes care of the perineum, especially during the second stage of labour. […]

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Being alongside on the transformative journey of pregnancy, birth and the start of parenting

The journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood as transformation Leaving from the airport when I set off on my holidays a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the huge vibrant graphic above the door as I went through security, reminding that every journey is a transformation. I immediately thought of the journey of […]

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Birth Outside the Box – #TheatreChallenge!

By midwife Katherine Mabey   What is Birth Outside the Box? Derby Birth Outside the Box team is an informal forum at Royal Derby Hospital which aims to bring midwives, doctors and other team members together, with the common goal of increasing rates of physiological birth and improving women’s experience for all births regardless of […]

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Advancing Practice: Communication Skills

ADVANCING PRACTICE Communication Skills Life After Attending And Participating In Nhs Connected Course In Advanced Communication Skills; A Midwife’S Perspective Communication is a process of giving and receiving messages and is essential to providing competent care (England and Morgan 2012; Silverman et al 2016). The poor quality of communication identified in reports (Knight et al 2014; 2016), […]

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Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan

Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan In Pakistan, community midwives (CMWs) are educated and deployed in their respective communities to provide maternity services in the form of a business. However, most of the CMWs struggle to initiate businesses and very few are able to maintain their finances, so they cannot […]

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Viewpoint: Empathic midwifery – radical listening, curiosity and imagination

VIEWPOINT Empathic midwifery: radical listening, curiosity and imagination COMPASSION There is widespread agreement that women have a profound need for compassion during childbirth (Byrom and Downe 2015; Moloney and Gair 2015; Hall 2013). In the UK, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2015) instructs midwives to practise with compassion. However, lack of research has […]

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Best practice in fetal monitoring and neonatal care crucial to improve birth outcomes

Best practice in fetal monitoring and neonatal care crucial to improve birth outcomes Three quarters of babies who die or are brain injured during birth might have had a different outcome with different care, says national investigation. For the first time, the RCOG “Each Baby Counts” initiative has been able to pinpoint and share the […]

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Stand up and deliver: enhancing your presentation skills

Stand up and deliver: enhancing your presentation skills In this article I discuss the value and importance of presentation skills for midwives and offer recommendations for how to enhance these skills in practice. My aim is to support your development and confidence in delivering presentations. I include a series of practical tips to help you […]

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Thinking Outside The Box: The Ungentle Art Of Persuasion

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The ungentle art of persuasion A number of health care practitioners and papers have mooted the idea that sales techniques can be used to identify reasons for non-compliance and then offer information tailored to the recipient’s concerns. This month, Sara argues that this is inappropriate, paternalistic and not in alignment with […]

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Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice

Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice Midwives and others who care for childbearing women use their eyes to observe, but also to communicate. As practitioners, we become skilled at noticing details about women and babies that improve our care of them, while also becoming comfortable with an acceptance of the hidden aspects of pregnancy […]

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