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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Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success 

Midwifery basics 7. Understanding the detrimental impact of industry upon women’s breastfeeding success  Dr Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 Scenario  Your colleagues are attending a study day in London on maternal obesity during pregnancy. You are looking forward to the […]

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Home birth: can midwives and obstetricians work together to provide true choice and support?

Home birth: can midwives and obstetricians work together to provide true choice and support? Florence Wilcox – Consultant Obstetrician at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Jo Pitcher – Birth Centre Lead at  East Surrey Hospital; previously Home birth team Lead at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 2 March 2019 In this […]

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On reflection: a midwife’s experience of domestic abuse

On reflection: a midwife’s experience of domestic abuse Jennifer Cole – Midwife at Worcester Royal Hospital Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 3 March 2019 When I started my midwifery education, in September 2013, I had a very clear idea of the type of midwife I wanted to become; of the way I would care […]

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Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital

Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital Carol Lambert – Researcher in Maternal and Reproductive Health at the University of Hull How midwives use evidence in practice plays an essential role in achieving clinical effectiveness. As a qualitative researcher, I understand the importance of being reflexive in my research practice. […]

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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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Harnessing pleasure and purpose

Harnessing pleasure and purpose pioneering a new concept in community midwifery organisation Louise Wilby – Coach at Neighbourhood Midwives Neighbourhood Midwives is a relatively new London-based organisation giving community midwifery care in both the private sector and the NHS. We are pioneering a new and alternative way of running the organisation, and giving care to women that […]

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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting; establishing a midwife-led fetal growth assessment (MFGA) clinic to identify the high-risk fetus in the low-risk pregnancy Brenda Kelly – Head of Midwifery and Neonatology and Divisional Midwife at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Heather Watson – Practice Development Midwife for antenatal and postnatal care at Royal Jubilee Maternity Services, Belfast […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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