The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice

The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice Anna Byrom – Senior lecturer UCLan and Editor TPM and Owner All4Maternity Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Background Urinalysis, previously known as uroscopy until the 17th century, began 6,000 years ago and was used as the primary diagnostic tool (Armstrong 2007). […]

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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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Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care Michelle Tant- Midwife at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and Breastfeeding Counsellor for NCT in Brighton and Hove Supporting parents as they experience the devastating loss of their baby, be it before, during or shortly after birth presents a particular challenge to the midwife. They must skilfully and compassionately meet […]

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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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TPM The Practising Midwife Feature Articles

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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