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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A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power

A-EQUIP: pilot to practice through partnership power Louise Clarke – PMA and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner in high risk complex care at UHCW NHS Trust Deborah Garrett – Practice Development Midwife at George Eliot NHS Trust Susan Lees – Principal Lecturer and LME at Coventry University Lin Ward – Lead PMA for Coventry and Warwickshire Michelle Waterfall – Deputy Head […]

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‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education

‘It would be funny if it weren’t so true’; Using comedy in education Gemma Boyd – Midwife and Clinical Educator currently on secondment as Health Education England Transformation and Leadership Fellow This article explores the relationship between comedy and safety. It discusses how midwives have a long history of using comedy and laughter as a way to […]

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Pregnancy and sexual abuse: opening a dialogue

Pregnancy and sexual abuse: opening a dialogue Johanna Scott-Bennett – Midwife at The Rosie Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Pregnancy is a significant, emotional life event that may elicit unwanted memories and behaviour patterns. This is especially true for survivors of sexual abuse, who may have post traumatic stress (PTSD) or other mental health issues. This article shows the […]

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Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire

Birth of A new era: the development of two birth centres in West Yorkshire Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife in Worcester The planning and development of two new birth centres is a unique chance for communities, service users and service providers to work together to create a space where women and their families’ needs during childbirth, are […]

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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination: motivating midwives after ‘training’

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination; motivating midwives after ‘training’ Marcia Bartholomew – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of West London Increasingly, the call to incorporate the screening activities of Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) as part of the professional remit and the public health role of the midwife has been heeded, illustrated by an […]

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The true cost of maternity charges

The true cost of maternity charges Roisin O’Cearnaigh – Second Year Student Midwife at City, University of London Anna Melamed – Midwife at Homerton University Hospital Trust The introduction of health charging for maternity services contributes to vulnerable migrant women not receiving the antenatal care they need. Despite the commitment to bringing down health inequalities by the Department […]

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When all you want to do is run out of the room…

When all you want to do is run out of the room… Rebecca Weston – Third year Student Midwife at Bournemouth University This is a reflective article which I wrote shortly after I was involved in a traumatic, sudden and heart-breaking event in practice. I had just begun my second year of midwifery and was excited […]

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