Supporting and nurturing each other at work – lessons from a postnatal ward 

by Melanie Wildman – midwifery leader I posted a comment on the wonderful Facebook page – Self-Care for Midwives, about how we try to care for staff where I work…. I was then invited to share the initiative here, to give others an idea of how to care for colleagues at work – so here […]

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The ARRIVE Trial has finally arrived – a midwife’s summary

By Professor Hannah Dahlen Well everyone the ARRIVE trial has finally arrived. This was the elective induction of labour trial at 39 weeks. A total of 3062 women were assigned to labor induction, and 3044 were assigned to expectant management. The primary outcome of perinatal morbidity for the baby occurred in 4.3% of neonates in […]

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“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker?

“Asking different questions”: what if we are harming healthy childbearing women, and making sick childbearing women sicker? Bahareh Goodarzi, Midwife and Researcher in the Netherlands As a midwife, I notice that, in high income countries, more and more healthy pregnant women receive medical interventions and end up in hospital care. In an effort to prevent […]

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Make Birth Better

Make Birth Better Dr Rebecca Moore – Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Perinatal Clinical Psychologist Birth can be a highly emotive subject, and is often presented in a divisive way. Founded by myself Dr Rebecca Moore, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Perinatal Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg, the Network brings together all voices to offer support and information […]

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Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women

Pregnancy yoga: setting up a free service for women Becky Westbury – Midwife at Royal Gwent Hospital My passion I have known since early on in my midwifery journey that community midwifery is where my passion lies. Being able to provide continuity of care to women and families throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period is such […]

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Self Care for Midwives; my journey

Self Care for Midwives; my journey Cassie Marnoch – Specialist Midwife in Complementary Therapies for Maternity, Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner There’s an amazing Facebook group that has just started.  It’s so amazing, it now has 6.5k members! What group is this? I hear you ask.  Self-care for Midwives. The group aims to be a great […]

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Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research

Applying theory: how salutogenesis can support a woman-centred approach to midwifery research Roisin Bailey PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer at Birmingham City University Introduction The medical model of care and research has dominated Western medicine and healthcare (Bryer and Sinclair 2011). It uses empirical evidence to seek generalisable findings based on risk, cure and pathology. […]

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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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What are women’s ‘rights’ when it comes to infant feeding?

Professor Amy Brown, Swansea University Yesterday, there was one of those media storms. It all started out innocuously enough. The Royal College of Midwives made a slight tweak to their breastfeeding position statement and … bam … suddenly the tabloids were in a shark feeding frenzy, all seeking to outdo each other with how derogatory […]

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Inspiring Women and a Wider World

Inspiring Women and a Wider World Alys Einion – Author & Associate Professor of Midwifery – Swansea University We feature Alys Einion ‘s blog in our News and Views area to highlight Alys’s wonderful contribution to midwifery. She is one of our editorial board members here at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife and has achieved so much. Above […]

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