Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success 

Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success  Dr Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Scenario  Your colleagues are attending a study day in London on maternal obesity during pregnancy. You are looking forward to the […]

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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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Midwifery basics  4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding

Midwifery basics 4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University The transition to becoming a mother can be challenging (Nelson 2003). Although often a time of great joy, it is also a time of huge change – and feeling overwhelmed, anxious or even regretful is common. Many […]

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Infant feeding; changing the conversation

Infant feeding; changing the conversation Francesca Entwistle – Midwife and Professional Advisor (Policy and Advocacy) to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Francesca Entwistle, Midwife, RCM member and professional advisor to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, explains how the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) recent position statement on infant feeding and the media response (RCM 2018) […]

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Sun Exposure in Pregnancy; maternal and fetal health and heat protection strategies

Sun Exposure in Pregnancy; maternal and fetal health and heat protection strategies Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and the Practising Midwife The dangers of excessive sun exposure are widely understood by society, with campaigns to remind us to protect ourselves and our […]

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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination: motivating midwives after ‘training’

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination; motivating midwives after ‘training’ Marcia Bartholomew – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of West London Increasingly, the call to incorporate the screening activities of Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) as part of the professional remit and the public health role of the midwife has been heeded, illustrated by an […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Supporting student midwives on the neonatal unit

by Karen Devine, midwife    As a midwife on a busy neonatal unit (NNU), I am constantly aware that not only are parents and families who use the facility out of their comfort zones, but also the student midwives who come for experience can feel this way, too. I have been there! I remember the daunting […]

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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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