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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navigating spaces:


fetal navigation techniques “I turned my OP baby and regulated my own contractions in an hour, directly avoiding induction and possibly other interventions. This was my second labour, which from this point on flowed smoothly to a physiological birth in just a few hours. My first baby had also started labour in a less than […]

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Birth Outside the Box – #TheatreChallenge!

By midwife Katherine Mabey   What is Birth Outside the Box? Derby Birth Outside the Box team is an informal forum at Royal Derby Hospital which aims to bring midwives, doctors and other team members together, with the common goal of increasing rates of physiological birth and improving women’s experience for all births regardless of […]

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Advancing Practice: Communication Skills

ADVANCING PRACTICE Communication Skills Life After Attending And Participating In Nhs Connected Course In Advanced Communication Skills; A Midwife’S Perspective Communication is a process of giving and receiving messages and is essential to providing competent care (England and Morgan 2012; Silverman et al 2016). The poor quality of communication identified in reports (Knight et al 2014; 2016), […]

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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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Articles - Advancing Practice

Advancing Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care – A New Way Of Working

ADVANCING PRACTICE Facilitating group antenatal care: a new way of working This article outlines the principles and evidence behind group antenatal care and explores how developing group facilitation skills can enhance midwifery practice. The authors discuss the impact of different training models developed by the REACH pregnancy programme to support the implementation of ‘Pregnancy Circles’ […]

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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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Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing

Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing Small pilot studies exploring pregnancy and mindfulness suggest this intervention is associated with lower levels of psychological distress, including less anxiety and depression (Duncan et al 2017). In non-pregnant populations there is a growing body of research demonstrating the positive effects of mindfulness on physiology, emotional […]

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Original Research: Effect Of Husband Participation On Mental Health During Antenatal Care – A Randomised Clinical Trial

ORIGINAL RESEARCH Effect of husband participation on mental health during antenatal care: a randomised clinical trial This study evaluated the effect of husband participation on pregnant women’s mental health during 2014. A randomised clinical trial was adopted. By randomised sampling, the data of 66 participants were collected among women who regularly attended health centres for […]

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Editorial: #inittogether – Passing It On

EDITORIAL #Inittogether – passing it on This summer I was contacted by a midwife from Birmingham and asked if I could send some well-wishes for one of my past clinical mentors as she retired from midwifery. I had worked with this mentor in my final community placement of midwifery education. Reflecting on that time, I […]

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Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives

Retirement beckons… Passing on the care of midwives As Cathy Warwick leaves her post as chief executive of the RCM she reflects back on her career as a midwife over the past four decades Retirement leads me to reflect on 41 years as a midwife. What have I learned? I argue that midwives are pivotal […]

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Global Midwifery Matters: 3. Promoting Continuity Of Care And Autonomy For Midwives In New Zealand

GLOBAL MIDWIFERY MATTERS 3. Promoting continuity of care and autonomy for midwives in New Zealand This article discusses the history of midwifery in New Zealand, exploring the initiation of the New Zealand Amendment Act 1990, leading to the renewed autonomy of midwives. It also looks at how the lead maternity carer in New Zealand harnesses […]

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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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Original Research: A Prospective Chart Review On The Management Of Postpartum Acute Perineal Pain

ORIGINAL RESEARCH A prospective chart review on the management of postpartum acute perineal pain Postpartum acute perineal pain can cause a significant impact on maternal morbidity (Dahlen and Homer 2008). The purpose of this article is to enhance midwives’ understanding and knowledge regarding the management of postpartum perineal pain following perineal lacerations sustained during vaginal […]

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Article Of The Month: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids) – Our Finest Hour?

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Our finest hour? Unexplained infant deaths have reached the lowest level on record in England and Wales 212 deaths in 2014, a rate of 0.3 deaths per 1,000 live births (Office for National Statistics [ONS] 2016). Here, I trace this remarkable public health success story, consider […]

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Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan

Mind your own business! Business skills training for midwives in Pakistan In Pakistan, community midwives (CMWs) are educated and deployed in their respective communities to provide maternity services in the form of a business. However, most of the CMWs struggle to initiate businesses and very few are able to maintain their finances, so they cannot […]

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Reflections on ICM conference, Toronto Canada, 18–22 June 2017

Reflections on ICM conference, Toronto Canada, 18–22 June 2017 Before the start of the 31st Triennial ICM congress, up to 1,000 midwives paraded through Toronto city centre, guided and encouraged by the local police and a Samba band. Flags flying and drums playing, it was a superb way to let Toronto know the ICM had […]

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Editorial: Between Lines And Labels

EDITORIAL Between lines and labels “I’m with the diabetic woman in room 2, can you check the twin lady in room 4?” How often do you refer to the childbearing women in your care in relation to their obstetric or medical status? Throughout health service systems we have come to label the people we care […]

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Article Of The Month: Guideline-centred Care Or Woman-centred Care? A Debate And Discussion

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Guideline-centred care or woman-centred care? A debate and discussion Midwifery practice, care giving and women’s subsequent experiences of birth are often implicitly or explicitly governed by the guidelines, which can be a source of tension for both midwives and women. This article will discuss key issues, such as the conflation of […]

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Global Midwifery Matters: 2. Disrespect And Abuse In Maternity Care – A Global Issue

GLOBAL MIDWIFERY MATTERS 2. Disrespect and abuse in maternity care: a global issue This mini series aims to share, discuss and promote midwifery in a global context. Midwifery is a truly global profession and even those of us who work solely in the UK will care for women from many different cultures; these articles reflect […]

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Living with intimate partner violence: a literature review of pregnant women’s experiences

Living with intimate partner violence: a literature review of pregnant women’s experiences Pregnancy brings joy to most women’s lives. However, some women do not enjoy their pregnancy, due to physical and/or emotional health problems, or social circumstances such as being in a relationship characterised by intimate partner violence (IPV). The aim of this review is […]

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Wellbeing And Resilience: 3. The mindful midwife

WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE 3. The mindful midwife Midwifery is one of the most emotional and emotive of all the healthcare 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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