The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice

The value of urinalysis – reviewing evidence and practice Anna Byrom – Senior lecturer UCLan and Editor TPM and Owner All4Maternity Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Background Urinalysis, previously known as uroscopy until the 17th century, began 6,000 years ago and was used as the primary diagnostic tool (Armstrong 2007). […]

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Trust me I’m a midwife: corporate sponsorship and midwifery

Trust me I’m a midwife: corporate sponsorship and midwifery Dr Lorna Davies – Associate Head of Midwifery at Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Pregnant women and new mothers are a lucrative market for the baby products industry and midwives are able to provide valuable access to […]

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What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife

What to expect – the first year as a newly qualified midwife Sarah Curran – Midwife, Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland As a student midwife, I dreamed of the day I would be wearing my ‘blues’, confidently walking down the hospital hallways as a fully qualified midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council pin in hand, ready to […]

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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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‘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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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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When all you want to do is run out of the room…

When all you want to do is run out of the room… Rebecca Weston – Third year Student Midwife at Bournemouth University This is a reflective article which I wrote shortly after I was involved in a traumatic, sudden and heart-breaking event in practice. I had just begun my second year of midwifery and was excited […]

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Supporting physiological birth; a case study

Supporting physiological birth; a case study Evony Lynch, Community Midwife at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust This article explores the role of a midwife in supporting physiological labour and birth, through the use of a case study where I attended a home birth recently.The article reflects on care provision in the latent phase of labour and the […]

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Doulas and Midwives: A Powerful Alliance

Doulas and Midwives: A powerful alliance This article explores the relationship between doulas and midwives. Misunderstandings of the doula role are common in midwifery circles. Despite this, doulas are more sought after than ever before and it is increasingly likely that midwives will encounter a doula in the birth room or in a mother’s home. […]

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