Birth Undisturbed – a guest post by Natalie Lennard

I am a fine-art and commercial photographer of 11 years. Having long created surreal and elaborate fantasy scenes, always with a singularly conventional femininity, I’ve been increasingly hungry to showcase a more raw, powerful beauty in the most surreal yet commonplace event in a woman’s life: childbirth. Evan Gabriel I have long been fascinated by […]

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Relationship-based continuity of carer: informed choice for mothers AND midwives

There can be no doubt that we should be implementing relationship-based continuity of carer for most women and their babies. The evidence has been mounting over years and is compelling: there are few developments that offer so much benefit, with fewer risks (See http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/images/stories/academic/skp_report.pdf). It is difficult to understand why this evidence is still seen […]

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Student Survival Guide: 2. Practice Placements

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2: Practice placements In the second article of this new series, Afshan Ali and Anna Matthews provide advice on how to approach practice placements. This includes practical tips on what to take with you and what might be expected of you when you get there, as well as how to prepare for […]

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Technology and empowerment

Welcome to the Maternity Media Hotspot, a resource media space focused on providing you with access to new and existing content published online, including posters, infographics, videos and animations relating to midwifery, maternity, obstetric and neonatal care. These resources are aimed to support women and families, midwives and other healthcare professionals in the provision of […]

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The politics of normal birth

  I will be writing a blog post each month, and you can hear more about it HERE. This first month I am looking at the politics of normal birth. As a midwife you have an impact on people’s lives. Let’s make that impact informed and compassionate by thinking things through. The time for improvement […]

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Article Of The Month: Perinatal Mental Health And Wellbeing – Policy And Practice

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Perinatal mental health and wellbeing: policy and practice In the first article of our new series on perinatal mental health, we provide an overview of the relevant policy landscape in England. Future papers in this series will include a discussion on pathways for mothers affected by more severe mental health conditions; […]

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Student Survival Guide

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE To accompany this month’s journal article in which second year student midwives Afshan Ali and Anna Matthews give students their top tips for surviving practice placements, Afshan and Anna describe their experiences of being on placement. AFSHAN: DELIVERY SUITE PLACEMENT FIRST SHIFT So today is the first day of my second delivery suite […]

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Women’s Voices: Surrogacy. The Dream Of Parenthood

WOMEN’S VOICES Surrogacy. The dream of parenthood Women’s Voices is an occasional series that captures the reflections, recommendations and reviews of those who work within or use maternity care services. Sharing the perspectives and experiences of women, partners, families and maternity workers helps to explore what really matters in the everyday, life-changing moments of childbearing, […]

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Wellbeing And Resilience: 4. Time Management

WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE 4. Time management Midwifery is one of the most emotional and emotive of all the health care professions. In order to be ‘with woman’, we give a part of ourselves to every woman that we care for. Such reciprocity is essential to create a relationship that will maximise a woman’s birth experience […]

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Report Review: State Of The World’s Fathers – Time For Action

REPORT REVIEW State of the world’s fathers: time for action State of the world’s fathers: time for action presents a summary of the current issues facing fathers with suggestions of what action is needed to improve the experience of fathers and the wellbeing of families across the world. Helman B, Levov R, van der Gaag […]

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Student Survival Guide: 1. In The Beginning – Getting Off To The Best Start As A Student Midwife

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 1. In the beginning: getting off to the best start as a student midwife In the first article of this new series, Sarah Baker and Louise Webster provide advice on how to get off to the best start as a new student at university. This includes practical tips on how to ‘hit […]

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Midwifery practice suggestions and tips

Midwifery practice suggestions and tips Throughout my midwifery career I saw, along the way, all the things that I was learning that I hadn’t been taught in my training. Midwifery education is now so focused on the academic, and so litigation-conscious, that the simple yet invaluable things that constitute the true art of midwifery often […]

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Guideline Commentary: Midwifery And Human Rights – A Practitioner’s Guide

GUIDELINE COMMENTARY Midwifery and human rights: a practitioner’s guide Alys Einion analyses this guideline (British Institute of Human Rights [BIHR] 2016) on human rights for midwives, and explains its implications for women in pregnancy and birth and for midwives. Guideline commentary aims to help readers make sense of published guidelines by offering a detailed appraisal […]

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Twitter: what is it all about?

Twitter: what is it all about? The authors examine the role of social media and how midwives can use it to develop their own practise – and offer useful advice: think before you Tweet (or post) Social media is enormous and continues to grow and develop each day. It could even be said that social […]

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#Enough

#ENOUGH Hannah Dahlen reflects on the origins of her passion for midwifery, research and teaching I have had an extraordinary life – not because I am extraordinary but because I get to enjoy so many facets of being a midwife. Today I am a Professor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University and the Higher Degree […]

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Viewpoint: Aspiring Midwives Stepping Up: Critical Awareness Around Midwifery And Birth In The Media

VIEWPOINT Aspiring midwives stepping up: critical awareness around midwifery and birth in the media Have you ever seen examples in the media in which the idea of midwives supporting normal birth is presented as dangerous? One of the funniest I’ve seen of this was in the comedy series Doc Martin. The irritable doctor, played by Martin […]

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Stand up and deliver: enhancing your presentation skills

Stand up and deliver: enhancing your presentation skills In this article I discuss the value and importance of presentation skills for midwives and offer recommendations for how to enhance these skills in practice. My aim is to support your development and confidence in delivering presentations. I include a series of practical tips to help you […]

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The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond

The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond TV viewing hours are at an all-time high in the UK, with childbirth-based programmes some of the most popular. Women’s viewing choices could be influencing their expectations around childbirth – maybe even informing their decisions. This […]

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Viewpoint: What To Push For?

VIEWPOINT What to push for? The aim of midwifery care is to optimise health and wellbeing for mother and baby; support for a straightforward normal birth is a part of that care continuum. SUPPORTING NORMAL BIRTH There has been a great deal of debate and discussion in the media lately around the issue of ‘natural’ […]

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Midwifery Basics: Becoming A Midwife (Professional Issues) – 7. The relationship between academic integrity and professional practice

MIDWIFERY BASICS: Becoming a midwife (professional issues) 7. The relationship between academic integrity and professional practice In the seventh article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores issues relating to academic integrity, the presentation of original work by students and the relationship with professional practice. Becoming a midwife is the 16th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted […]

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Midwifery Basics: Becoming A Midwife – 6. Overcoming Health And Learning Disabilities

MIDWIFERY BASICS: BECOMING A MIDWIFE 6. Overcoming health and learning disabilities In the sixth article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores issues of supporting students with health and specific learning difficulties while recognising the need for safe and competent practice. On commencement of the midwifery course, students may have physical or mental health issues or […]

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News Update

We are currently working on a new look All4Maternity website, a new Practising Midwife design for the journal – we are really excited about this and we will be moving to this new design soon. We will also be launching a new Practising Midwife website that will be part of this All4Maternity website – offering […]

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Wellbeing And Resilience: 1. The resilient midwife

WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE 1. The resilient midwife Midwifery is one of the most emotional and emotive of all the health care professions. In order to be ‘with woman’, we give a part of ourselves to every woman that we care for. Such reciprocity is essential to create a relationship that will maximise a woman’s birth […]

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Mechanism of labour – the interaction between the maternal pelvic and fetal skull

Mechanism of labour – the interaction between the maternal pelvic and fetal skull This article considers the anatomy and physiology underpinning the mechanism of labour in terms of the amazing journey the fetus completes through the maternal pelvis. This will be outlined in relation to normal birth and the long and short rotations undertaken in […]

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Articles - Evidence

Report Reviews – MBRRACE-UK: Saving lives, improving mothers’ care

EVIDENCE Report Reviews MBRRACE-UK: Saving lives, improving mothers’ care The third annual MBRRACE-UK report, Saving lives, improving mothers’ care report provides us with a picture of maternal deaths in the UK between 2012-14 and information on the lessons learned from the UK and Ireland Confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and morbidities between 2009-14. Globally, maternal […]

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Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice

Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice Midwives and others who care for childbearing women use their eyes to observe, but also to communicate. As practitioners, we become skilled at noticing details about women and babies that improve our care of them, while also becoming comfortable with an acceptance of the hidden aspects of pregnancy […]

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How history shaped the modern day midwife

How history shaped the modern day midwife The midwifery profession can be traced back over thousands of years. Globally, midwives have expressed noticeable changes to their role over the years, and the impact on childbearing women (Larsson et al 2009; Mavalankar and Vora 2008; Dickerson et al 2014). During this time the midwifery profession has […]

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Midwifery Basics: Becoming A Midwife – 1. Developing As A Professional

MIDWIFERY BASICS: Becoming a midwife 1. Developing as a professional In the first of this new series, Jancis Shepherd offers a definition of professionalism, and considers the qualities and attributes required of a professional in this role. Becoming a midwife is the 16th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The […]

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Virtual day of the midwife: a global ‘pyjama party’

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) (www.vidm.org) is an annual online conference designed to break down traditional barriers to continuing professional development (CPD); provide online opportunities for international midwifery networking; and model open access communication and collaboration practices. Whilst the VIDM is designed to reach midwives all around the world, issues of access […]

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Celebrate midwifery – in Nepal

This paper describes a workshop which was supported by the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and facilitated in Nepal. The groups were introduced to the concept of emotion work in maternity care and ways of using reflection to manage it in themselves. A practical element was used, following the belief that engaging the right side of the […]

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