Better birth to the people! Childbirth in Norway

Better birth to the people! By Trine Dahlman. Journalist and author.  Photo Credits: Eva Rose. Birth Photographer. Eva Rose lives in Norway and has worked as a birth photographer for 20 years, photographing more than 120 births. As a birth photographer, she experienced that women’s lack of knowledge made them unnecessarily scared before childbirth. She decided […]

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The Breath of Life: is really optional

The Breath of Life: is really optional Pandora Hardtman is currently employed as a Midwifery Capacity Building Consultant for the Syrian Conflict.  She has gained over 23 years of nursing and midwifery experience whilst working in a wide variety of healthcare settings in the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Her […]

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Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care Supporting parents as they experience the devastating loss of their baby, be it before, during, or shortly after birth presents a particular challenge to the midwife. The midwife must skilfully and compassionately meet the often considerable physical, emotional and psychological needs of women suffering loss (Mills, 2015), carry out […]

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Continuity of carer and the smartphone generation – a match made on Facebook or just one Tweet too far?

by Anna Marsh Midwife at Central London Hospital The National maternity review (NHS England 2016) recommended a continuity-of-carer model, in which a woman is ideally seen by the same midwife throughout her pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. This caseloading style of working has also been linked to more positive outcomes for both mothers and babies, […]

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The Majestic Midwife – a book for children!

by Laura Neale Former and future Midwife and Childminder I began my midwifery journey in September 2002. As a student and then qualified midwife, I felt very privileged to be in a position to care for women and their families during their life-changing events. I met many women for the first time in the community […]

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Student Survival Guide No 7 – Medicine Management

MEDICINE MANAGEMENT In this article Alison Anderson and Holly Thorpe explore principles, guidelines and the safe administration of medicines, along with some useful tips for revision and student support resources. Medicine management is an essential part of midwifery practice. The term medicine management incorporates professionalism, safe supply and administration of medicinal products and best practice […]

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Doulas and Midwives: A Powerful Alliance

Doulas and Midwives: A powerful alliance This article explores the relationship between doulas and midwives. Misunderstandings of the doula role are common in midwifery circles. Despite this, doulas are more sought after than ever before and it is increasingly likely that midwives will encounter a doula in the birth room or in a mother’s home. […]

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Being alongside – with #MatExp!

Charlene Cole BSC (Hons.), PgDL, PhD – student midwife Coventry University The theme for this month’s The Practising Midwife journal is Alongside. When I thought about what this meant to me many ideas sprung to mind – collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, our new alongside midwifery-led unit at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, @JennytheM’s latest blog […]

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Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care

Survey of UK and Nigerian midwifery students on their view of respectful midwifery care Inno Omar Principal of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria Asha John Senior Midwifery Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton Respect and dignity of child-bearing women, throughout their childbearing period and at the time of birth is the hallmark of respectful midwifery care. In every […]

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Student survival guide No 6: Staying afloat 
and passionate

Building a university society University life for any student can be pretty full-on with deadlines and studying, but the midwifery degree is notorious for being one of the toughest (as well as most rewarding), as the course must be completed while undertaking a full-time clinical placement. So what can midwifery students do to help keep […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Implementing optimal cord clamping – never, ever, give up

By Amanda Burleigh  In this blog, supplementing The Practising Midwife’s February 2018 Article of the Month (Burleigh and Uwins 2018) promoting practice change to implement optimum cord clamping, Amanda Burleigh describes the 12-year journey she has taken, and offers insight into the effort required to overcome the barriers to implementing change. Amanda charts the moments […]

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Meeting

Who Am I?

I am a post doctorate clinical academic midwife. What does this actually mean? What has urged me to share my thoughts? I was recently challenged by an inter-professional clinical academic colleague that I might not be a ‘proper’ post-doctorate (post-doc) clinical academic (midwife). This caused me inner turmoil, which compounded the uncertainty I already had […]

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The Practising Midwife - Mother & Baby

Midwives’ knowledge of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Uganda The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a worldwide programme well known to midwives globally for supporting the initiation of successful breastfeeding. In low resource countries, initiation of breastfeeding immediately after birth would help to reduce neonatal complications such as infection. Knowledge of the 10 steps is critical for […]

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Supporting student midwives on the neonatal unit

by Karen Devine, midwife    As a midwife on a busy neonatal unit (NNU), I am constantly aware that not only are parents and families who use the facility out of their comfort zones, but also the student midwives who come for experience can feel this way, too. I have been there! I remember the daunting […]

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All4Maternity #MaternityLeader

All4Maternity Leadership Collective has launched a new campaign #MaternityLeader Goal This campaign marks the beginning of a new community of maternity leaders, midwives, doctors, healthcare workers, doulas. The maternity workforce is changing, midwifery faces challenges ahead and we would like to contribute to the development of a maternity workforce ready and prepared to fulfil leadership opportunity […]

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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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We made our big launch at the RCM annual conference 2017..

RCM annual conference 2017 So, its been an exciting time and we were proud to announce the launch of the all new, fresh look journal ‘The Practising Midwife’ and our new online dedicated solution for all involved in the midwifery world – www.all4maternity.com The RCM annual conference was held on the 31st October – 1st […]

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An SOS for our NHS: corporate influence on maternity services

Maddie McMahon is a well respected birth and postnatal doula, and a member of our Editorial Board. This post is hers; Maddie’s clear and articulate piece reflects an increasing frustration in the commercialisation of the NHS, paying attention here to maternity services. When an old buffalo has become decrepit and lumbering, the carrion crows start […]

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Midwifery Gold

This is our very first guest blog post, and we’re honoured to host the words of Claire Kay. Claire is a mother of three teenagers, and lives in North Wales.  She is the founder of ‘Birth Story Listeners’ which is a Peer Support Group for mothers in North Wales, & also the ‘Birth Trauma Christian […]

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News Update

We are currently working on a new look All4Maternity website, a new Practising Midwife design for the journal – we are really excited about this and we will be moving to this new design soon. We will also be launching a new Practising Midwife website that will be part of this All4Maternity website – offering […]

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