Pregnancy and sexual abuse: opening a dialogue

Pregnancy and sexual abuse: opening a dialogue Johanna Scott-Bennett – Midwife at The Rosie Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Pregnancy is a significant, emotional life event that may elicit unwanted memories and behaviour patterns. This is especially true for survivors of sexual abuse, who may have post traumatic stress (PTSD) or other mental health issues. This article shows the […]

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One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined

One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing […]

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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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