From student to midwife…fifteen months on!

From student to midwife…fifteen months on! Danielle Carey – Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Trust: University Hospital Birmingham At the end of a long shift, the colour of my urine explains my kidney pain, while the associated headache confirms dehydration. The innate need to eat and sleep battles with the desire to shower away hospital germs. The […]

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Harnessing pleasure and purpose

Harnessing pleasure and purpose pioneering a new concept in community midwifery organisation Louise Wilby – Coach at Neighbourhood Midwives Neighbourhood Midwives is a relatively new London-based organisation giving community midwifery care in both the private sector and the NHS. We are pioneering a new and alternative way of running the organisation, and giving care to women that […]

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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting; establishing a midwife-led fetal growth assessment (MFGA) clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy Brenda Kelly – Head of Midwifery and Neonatology and Divisional Midwife at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Heather Watson – Practice Development Midwife for antenatal and postnatal care at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services, Belfast […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power

A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power Louise Clarke – PMA and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner in high risk complex care at UHCW NHS Trust Deborah Garrett – Practice Development Midwife at George Eliot NHS Trust Susan Lees – Principal Lecturer and LME at Coventry University Lin Ward – Lead PMA for Coventry and Warwickshire Michelle Waterfall – Deputy Head […]

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‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education

‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education Gemma Boyd – Midwife and Clinical Educator currently on secondment as Health Education England Transformation and Leadership Fellow This article explores the relationship between comedy and safety. It discusses how midwives have a long history of using comedy and laughter as a way to […]

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‘Global Midwifery – celebrating journeys’: an event to inspire learning and internationalisation

‘Global Midwifery – celebrating journeys’: an event to inspire learning and internationalisation Helen C Bedford – Midwifery Lecturer at University of York Carole Lindsey – Midwifery Lecturer at University of York Midwifery is an increasingly outward-looking profession that seeks to benefit the health, wellbeing and rights of women and families across the globe. This article describes an […]

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Socially Acceptable?

Socially Acceptable? Charlene Cole – Student Midwife Coventry University Since writing my first article on Social Media over a year ago I feel there has been a positive shift in perception regarding the acceptability of the use of social media in professional spheres. For me, it is an essential part of my midwifery life: it […]

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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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Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire

Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife in Worcester The planning and development of two new birth centres is a unique chance for communities, service users and service providers to work together to create a space where women and their families’ needs during childbirth, are […]

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