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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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The true cost of maternity charges

The true cost of maternity charges Roisin O’Cearnaigh – Second Year Student Midwife at City, University of London Anna Melamed – Midwife at Homerton University Hospital Trust The introduction of health charging for maternity services contributes to vulnerable migrant women not receiving the antenatal care they need. Despite the commitment to bringing down health inequalities by the Department […]

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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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Global midwifery series: Raising awareness of breast ironing practices and prevention

Global midwifery series: Raising awareness of breast ironing practices and prevention Helen Simpson – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at University of West London Breast ironing is a harmful traditional practice carried out in some African countries, such as Cameroon. It is inflicted on young girls as puberty starts. The procedure is carried out using a heated object […]

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One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined

One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University 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. In doing […]

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A campaign re-born: physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping

A campaign re-born Physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife This blog post provides an update about the progress and validity of the #BloodtoBaby campaign.  Progress is evolutionary and whilst continuing to […]

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Making a Stand for Midwifery

Making a Stand for Midwifery Paul Golden – Independent Midwife Mediator, Legal Adviser Educator Midwives face increasing challenges in the profession, such as investigations, employment and regulatory challenges, and complaints from colleagues or clients. Significant numbers of midwives are leaving due to work pressures, with low resources, staffing and morale. The bullying culture is at last […]

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Never fear; the way we share information with women matters

Never fear; the way we share information with women matters Meg Hitchick – Midwife in Bathurst, New South Wales The young woman clutches a tissue and dabs at her eyes while she tells the story. “I have to have an induction. They told me that the baby might grow too big to get out, or that […]

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Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care

Managing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maternity Care Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife A recent safeguarding update at work inspired me to write this blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the importance of a multi professional ‘ACE informed approach’ to care. The […]

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