Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis?

Pruritus in pregnancy  – is it always obstetric cholestasis? Isabel Alba Prats – Delivery suite midwife at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Day Assessment Unit  Christine Grabowska – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of West London The article discusses four types of pruritus in pregnancy: intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP) […]

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Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care

Exploring midwives’ experience of bereavement care Michelle Tant- Midwife at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and Breastfeeding Counsellor for NCT in Brighton and Hove 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. They must skilfully and compassionately meet […]

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Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital

Reflecting on a day in practice: antenatal booking clinic at the local community hospital Carol Lambert – Researcher in Maternal and Reproductive Health at the University of Hull How midwives use evidence in practice plays an essential role in achieving clinical effectiveness. As a qualitative researcher, I understand the importance of being reflexive in my research practice. […]

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Midwifery basics  4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding

Midwifery basics 4. Motherhood, mothering and infant feeding Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University The transition to becoming a mother can be challenging (Nelson 2003). Although often a time of great joy, it is also a time of huge change – and feeling overwhelmed, anxious or even regretful is common. Many […]

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The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision

The Professional midwifery advocate and restorative clinical supervision Lys-Marie Williams – Professional Midwifery Advocate and Midwife at Scarborough General Hospital As a band 6 integrated midwife, anecdotally I often encountered and witnessed work-based stress. Increasing pressure on midwives and little time for support could result in low levels of job satisfaction, and emotional and physical fatigue. […]

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Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom

Psychosocial issues affecting childbearing women seeking asylum in the United Kingdom Melissa Traynor – Third Year Student Midwife at Swansea University Childbearing is a major milestone in a woman’s life, generally perceived in society as a happy occasion with a substantial expectation that women will naturally take on their mothering role with ease (Squire 2017; Tobin […]

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Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1 

Decision-making; do existing models reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of woman-centred contemporary midwifery practice? Part 1  Kate Ashforth – Midwife at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Ellen Kitson-Reynolds – Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton This article is the first in a two-part series exploring decision-making (DM) in contemporary midwifery practice. […]

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Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection

Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection Jo Lironi – Midwifery Lecturer and Masters Research student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen This study explores stage 1 nursing students’ experiences of group interviews as part of the selection process to inform the future of midwifery selection practice. Using hermeneutic phenomenology to interview […]

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Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter

Small things make a big difference; birth environments matter Emma Spillane – Midwife at St George’s Hospital Birth environment is vitally important, not only for the comfort of the mother and her birth partners, but also to enable a woman to labour undisturbed in a positive environment which is conducive to all necessary aspects of labour and birth. […]

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Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues

Being a midwife in Uganda; how action research can help build effective working relationships with colleagues Jo Welsh – Midwife at Knowledge 4 Change, Midwifery Lecturer at Aga Khan University and PhD Student at University of Salford Healthcare professionals who volunteer to work in low- and middle-income countries with the intention of strengthening healthcare systems need to be mindful […]

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