Hospital or home?

Hospital or home?; Pre-labour rupture of membranes Sarah Lodola – Clinical placement co-ordinator at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin The management of pre-labour rupture of membranes at term remains a debated issue and there is a wide variation in practice, with no clear agreement on what comprises the optimal management of spontaneous rupture of […]

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Is caseloading sustainable? Lessons from the front line at King’s College Hospital

Is caseloading sustainable? Lessons from the front line at King’s College Hospital Sadie Holland – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital  Octavia Wiseman – Community Midwife at King’s College Hospital and Research Fellow at City, University of London At King’s College Hospital in Camberwell, south London, we have a 25-year tradition of NHS caseloading, with named midwives providing […]

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Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 2.

Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology  2. Understanding physiological contraindications and impediments to exclusive and partial breastfeeding Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University As noted in the previous article (Brown 2018), breastfeeding duration shows significant global variation. These differences can predominantly be attributed to differences in psychological, social and cultural influences between […]

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Traumatic birth and paternal mental health problems; a systematic literature review

Traumatic birth and paternal mental health problems; a systematic literature review Leigh Sweeney- Staff Midwife at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service in Belfast Introduction and background  Traumatic birth is a complicated concept. It is a term used to describe experiences of and negative psychological responses to childbirth. There is controversy in the literature over what constitutes birth […]

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Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth

Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife at the University of Worcester and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust The use of water for labour and birth has increased in popularity over the past decades. Pioneered in modern maternity settings, by Michele Odent (1983), water has now become a mainstream choice […]

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Infant feeding; changing the conversation

Infant feeding; changing the conversation Francesca Entwistle – Midwife and Professional Advisor (Policy and Advocacy) to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Francesca Entwistle, Midwife, RCM member and professional advisor to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, explains how the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) recent position statement on infant feeding and the media response (RCM 2018) […]

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Midwifery basics; why do so many women struggle to breastfeed?

Midwifery basics 1. Why do so many women struggle to breastfeed? Exploring psychological, social and cultural influences on infant feeding decisions Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Public health messages encourage new mothers to breastfeed, but breastfeeding rates in many Western regions remain low. Given high maternal intentions to breastfeed, and […]

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Is caseloading sustainable? 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital

Is caseloading sustainable? 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital Octavia Wiseman – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital and Research Fellow at City, University of London Sadie Holland – Caseloading Midwife at King’s College Hospital Caseload midwifery is defined as follows: When a midwife carries a caseload she is the primary provider of midwifery care (the […]

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Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England

Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England Katrina Rigby – Senior Research Midwife and Reproductive Health, Childbirth and Children’s Research Team Leader at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Soo Downe – Professor of Midwifery at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Current national guidelines […]

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How midwifery education in Cyprus has evolved; in response to the demands of a complex and changing world

How midwifery education in Cyprus has evolved; in response to the demands of a complex and changing world Eleni Hadjigeorgiou – Coordinator of MSc programme in Midwifery at Cyprus University of Technology Maria-Dolores Christofi – Expert scientist at Cyprus University of Technology Midwifery education faces rapid changes due to changing global healthcare arenas; this has created an urgent reform […]

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