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Too afraid to push: dealing with fear of childbirth

Maternal request for caesarean section in the absence of medical need is an ethical and moral dilemma for the NHS. When a woman makes such a request it requires careful exploration of the underlying motivation. Many of these women will be anxious or fearful of giving birth and require tailored support. The provision of an […]

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Perinatal mental health: midwives and health visitors working together

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) focuses on the care offered to pregnant women and children in the first five years of life. It is delivered by a range of professionals, with the health visitor as lead. Effective delivery of the HCP depends on services for children and families being fully integrated, and partnership working between […]

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Not my choice: results of an online survey

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 Not my choice: results of an online survey A survey into women’s experiences of giving birth in the UK, published in October 2013, provides a useful insight (Birthrights UK 2013). It is the first of its kind to capture women’s views on dignity in childbirth. The survey reflects […]

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Examination of the Newborn: The Key Skills – Part 2. The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 EXAMINATION OF THE NEWBORN: THE KEY SKILLS: Part 2 – The cardiovascular system and congenital heart disease Midwives are increasingly performing the examination of the newborn. In the second of a four-part series, this article considers the importance of the cardiovascular examination in the screening process. The significance […]

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Friends and family test: providing feedback on our services

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 Friends and family test: providing feedback on our services The maternity Friends and family test (FFT) in England offers midwives some insight into how women and their families feel about local maternity care provision. The way the questions are posed should be easy for women to understand and […]

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Being fit in pregnancy

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 Being fit in pregnancy There is a substantial body of evidence to suggest that exercise during pregnancy is not only safe but beneficial, yet many women remain unsure about what exercise is appropriate or indeed whether it is safe to exercise at all, opting instead for inactivity. The […]

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Midwifery Basics: Midwifery Supervision – 5. Supporting continuing professional development

BASICS Midwifery Supervision 5. Supporting continuing professional development Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience and encourage midwives to seek further information through a series of […]

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The politics of maternity

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 The politics of maternity Changes in the culture of health care require that, to be effective, midwifery practice should become more woman-centred. This may be facilitated by adopting a stronger community orientation. In this way the hegemony of maternity care may be addressed. This paper seeks to draw […]

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Community care: added value at no extra cost

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 ‘Community care: added value at no extra cost In a difficult economic climate it is not always possible to restructure or resource existing services run by community midwives. However, it is possible to create and carry through small projects at little cost that improve continuity of care and […]

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Research Unwrapped: ‘Potential effects of chocolate on human pregnancy: a randomised controlled trial’

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – February 2014 ‘Potential effects of chocolate on human pregnancy: a randomised controlled trial’ 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. Contemporary midwifery care seeks to implement evidence based practice. […]

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