Casting On

Casting On Mandy Robotham – Midwife and Author Fifty six stitches I cast on, beginning just as she is starting. We are both on the precipice, both at the gates of creation, if you want to be dramatic about it. Although I know that hers is a more crucial role – the leading lady – […]

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Labour of Love: ‘A Woman Of War’

Labour of Love: ‘A Woman Of War’ Mandy Robotham – Midwife As a midwife of almost twenty years, I don’t remember a time when words haven’t figured in my world. In what now feels like a former life, I was a journalist, then had a baby and was bitten by the birth bug; a blue […]

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Book reviews of New Walk: Midwife Diaries by Ellie Durant

New Walk: Midwife Diaries by Ellie Durant Jill Moore – Second year student midwife at Northumbria University Ordinarily, I avoid e-books. I love escaping into a ‘real’ book with a spine to crack and pages to turn. However, there was such a lot of anticipation around Ellie Durant’s first novel that I bit the bullet and […]

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Self-care and what it means to me

Self-care and what it means to me Susan Saville – Midwife In my journey through nursing and midwifery, caring for others has been the theme of my professional life. Having my own children saw caring for others take on a new direction;  these three little humans’ needs naturally came before my own. Then came the “Sandwich generation” where I had young […]

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Too little too late for delayed cord clamping?

Too little too late for delayed cord clamping? Hannah Tizard – Midwife Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Consultant for All4Maternity In November 2018 the RCM published their new Blue Top Guideline ‘Midwifery care in labour guidance for all women in all settings’.  This intensive work completed by a multi-disciplinary Expert Advisory Group the […]

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Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health

Perinatal Positivity – new film to help Health professionals talk about perinatal mental health Emma Lazenby – Director of ForMed Films CIC Midwives are uniquely placed to support parents and parents-to-be at one of the happiest, and, most stressful times of their lives. But what do you do when you find both the mother or […]

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Nurture Zone ‘Stamp of Approval’

Nurture Zone ‘Stamp of Approval’ Welcome to the new All4Maternity Nurture Zone – curated by Sally Goodwin and Lee Andersen-Whalley. We are so excited to launch this area of the website, a place solely dedicated to supporting you as midwives, student midwives or those aspiring, maternity doulas and other healthcare professionals – we welcome you […]

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Staying well at work

So it’s that difficult shift. You are run off your feet – and your colleagues are too…what could help?   Consider making cups of tea for colleagues (especially after the emergency buzzer).  Smile, connect and offer support to each other. Ask if our colleagues are ok? Give authentic positive (or motivational) feedback to members of the […]

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