Article Of The Month: Guideline-centred Care Or Woman-centred Care? A Debate And Discussion

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Guideline-centred care or woman-centred care? A debate and discussion Midwifery practice, care giving and women’s subsequent experiences of birth are often implicitly or explicitly governed by the guidelines, which can be a source of tension for both midwives and women. This article will discuss key issues, such as the conflation of […]

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Transferring women’s care from midwives to obstetricians: an audit

Transferring women’s care from midwives to obstetricians: an audit This article identifies whether women were appropriately transferred from a low-risk pathway to a high-risk pathway and the accuracy of associated documentation. An audit methodology and audit tool are utilised to obtain the required data. The procedure for transferring women from low-risk to high-risk care pathways […]

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Stillbirth rates improving but overall neonatal mortality almost unchanged

Stillbirth rates improving but overall neonatal mortality almost unchanged The latest MBRRACE-UK report finds that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015 but still short of the current Government ambition to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. MBBRACE-UK* (2017) […]

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Barriers to implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening

Barriers to implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening In the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States of America and Europe, universal and routine screening for domestic violence is recommended for pregnant women, extending into the postnatal period. However, the lack of self-confidence among midwives and midwifery students in implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening, is consistent within […]

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A changing model of rural care

A changing model of rural care Consider the impact on your pregnancy, birth and puerperium of living in a remote or rural area. A substantial minority of people in Scotland live in such areas, which has considerable implications for provision of health services and the staff at the front line of the profession. In the […]

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Advancing Practice: Quality care matters – advancing practice through clinical audit

ADVANCING PRACTICE Quality care matters: advancing practice through clinical audit This article outlines the essentials of audit design and implementation. Effective audit can be used as a tool to advance practice for quality maternity care provision. The value of audit is presented alongside some of the possible barriers and facilitators to effective use and impact […]

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Articles - Evidence

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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Improving the experience of pregnancy and childbirth for deaf people and their families

Deafness is unique in that it crosses barriers of age, gender, economic status and ethnicity. It is particularly complex in the context of the ‘disabled/abled binary’. Generalisation is unhelpful since impairment is individualised and manifests itself in emotional, psychological, social and physical dimensions of a person’s life. The ‘Deaf Nest’ project aims to improve deaf […]

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Midwifery Basics: Midwifery Supervision – 6. The role of the supervisor of midwives in an investigation

BASICS Midwifery Supervision 6. The role of the supervisor of midwives in an investigation Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience and encourage midwives to seek […]

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Friends and family test: providing feedback on our services

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 Friends and family test: providing feedback on our services The maternity Friends and family test (FFT) in England offers midwives some insight into how women and their families feel about local maternity care provision. The way the questions are posed should be easy for women to understand and […]

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Midwifery Basics: Midwifery Supervision – 5. Supporting continuing professional development

BASICS Midwifery Supervision 5. Supporting continuing professional development Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience and encourage midwives to seek further information through a series of […]

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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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Articles - Basics

Midwifery Basics: Midwifery supervision: 4. Clinical governance

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring Midwifery supervision: 4. Clinical governance Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience, and encourage midwives to seek further information through a series of […]

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Why caring counts

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – January 2014 Why caring counts This article introduces the ‘compassionate focused’ approach to midwifery (Gilbert 2009) and outlines its relevance to midwifery. This psychological model provides us with a theoretical and research basis to underpin what we already know at an intuitive level – that when you show care and […]

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