Empowering Women And Their Partners

Perinatal mental health enquiry Empowering Women And Their Partners This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health.This third article in the series emphasises the promotion […]

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Neonatal – mental health, bonding and attachment

Nonatal Mental health Nonatal – Mental health, bonding and attachment There has been an emphasis in society on mental health generally and maternal mental health in particular for some time. We also know that the impact of maternal anxiety and depression, for example, can be detrimental to the neonate, potentially having a lasting impact in […]

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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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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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My Story post-traumatic stress disorder

My story of post traumatic stress triggered after a difficult day on placement, the subsequent difficulty of accessing the right help and diagnosis and, finally, the profound impact of the continuity of support received as a student from a team of caseload midwives; how love, support and encouragement from likeminded midwives aided my healing and […]

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Family Integrated Care

Delivery of family integrated care on the neonatal unit. The introduction of parent-led ward rounds This article explores the introduction of parent-led ward rounds on a neonatal unit as an influential part of Family Integrated Care (FIC). As a growing independent population, parents want to be more involved in the care of their babies and […]

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Courage and compassion

The importance of being a caring advocate This article aims to explore some of the limitations that student midwives experience within the clinical setting. Courage and compassion form part of the six basic competencies, commonly known as the six Cs. Compassion is an innate trait, whereas courage is a value that can be fostered. It […]

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Zero separation

Promoting togetherness of mothers and babies This article explores issues surrounding the separation of mothers and babies during the postnatal period, highlighting the importance of keeping mothers and babies together wherever and whenever possible. The aim is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects that the act of separation has on the mother and the […]

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research symposium: Childbearing in Europe

the qualitative research network BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in childbearing, with the focus on migrants and minorities – WoMBH-net Helsinki, 14-15 September 2017 Symposium summary runs alongside Guideline commentary and the other evidence series articles; it examines local, national and international conferences that have implications directly or indirectly for midwives. It helps readers […]

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navigating spaces:


fetal navigation techniques “I turned my OP baby and regulated my own contractions in an hour, directly avoiding induction and possibly other interventions. This was my second labour, which from this point on flowed smoothly to a physiological birth in just a few hours. My first baby had also started labour in a less than […]

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Working in the dark

Creating a space for birth The phenomenon of birth environment as an influencer of physiology and birth outcome is a relatively new concept within academic research and birth space design. Yet the publication of the Birthplace study (Brocklehurst et al 2011) and consonance of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (2014), in […]

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SHARED VOICES

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. Between January and August 2016, as part of a project reviewing perinatal […]

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BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability

BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation scheme is based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services. The programme improves standards of care for all babies, their mothers and families, with a particular focus […]

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CULTIVATING EDEN

MIDWIVES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HOME BIRTH TEAM IN POOLE, DORSET Current conversations about home birth in the UK tend to refer to the Birth place study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group [BECG] 2011) based on nearly 80,000 birthing women in England, of whom 18,000 planned to have a home birth. The researchers found that […]

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A place for student resilience

A place for student resilience Student survival guide (formerly Midwifery basics) is targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic.In this fourth […]

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Editorial: A PLACE FOR YOU

A PLACE FOR YOU What a busy and exciting month we have had. Thank you to all our subscribers for being part of our growing community. This month, as we focus on the issues relating to space and place, it is a great chance to celebrate and share our All4Maternity.com platform: your place for learning, […]

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INFORMED

INFORMED Informed Consent In Theatre As part of my job, when I meet families in antenatal sessions, I always speak to women and their partners about consent. For most of them, this means being informed and being given the freedom to make important choices for the health of themselves and their babies, physically and emotionally. […]

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FAB CHANGE WEEK: Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge?

FAB CHANGE WEEK Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge? INTRODUCTION Change management and the implementation of service improvements to enhance care have historically been considered to be within the remit of formal midwifery leaders, but radical alternatives are emerging. Our real change agents are often diverse individuals: the rebels and positive deviants of healthcare. […]

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MATERNITY VOICES: Still Born

MATERNITY VOICES Still Born The Importance Of The Birthing Experience Losing a baby before or shortly after birth is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family. It will change their life in an instant, almost in its entirety. Caring for a bereaved family and their child is not easy, but […]

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Evidence Series: Observational Study

EVIDENCE SERIES Observational Study Does Waterbirth Affect The Risk Of Third Degree Tears? An observational study was undertaken during 2016 following concerns raised by Corte (2011). A question often raised at study days I host worldwide asks, ‘Does waterbirth increase the percentage of third degree tears?’ The original observational study reviewed third degree tears following a […]

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Advancing Practice: Communication Skills

ADVANCING PRACTICE Communication Skills Life After Attending And Participating In Nhs Connected Course In Advanced Communication Skills; A Midwife’S Perspective Communication is a process of giving and receiving messages and is essential to providing competent care (England and Morgan 2012; Silverman et al 2016). The poor quality of communication identified in reports (Knight et al 2014; 2016), […]

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Student Survival Guide 3: Assessment And Clinical Skills

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE NO 3 Assessment And Clinical Skills For Osce And Practice Starting midwifery education is a new series of ‘Student Survival Guide’ (formerly ‘Midwifery Basics’) targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to […]

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Article Of The Month: Key Concepts In Care

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Key Concepts In Care Exploring Basic Legal And Ethical Concepts In Maternity Care This article revisits some key concepts within maternity care: women’s choice, autonomy, decision-making and consent through basic legal and ethical frameworks. It is intended as a ‘beginner’s guide’: a starting point into the tricky terrain to provide a basic […]

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Editorial: Challenging Choices

Challenging Choices As midwives and maternity care workers, we are called upon to support choice and informed decision-making as a fundamental part of our caring roles. Yet evidence demonstrates the ongoing challenge of consistently enabling choice and effective decisionmaking in daily practice. We are living in world where our choices can seem at once prolific […]

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Article Of The Month: Perinatal Mental Health And Wellbeing – Policy And Practice

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Perinatal mental health and wellbeing: policy and practice In the first article of our new series on perinatal mental health, we provide an overview of the relevant policy landscape in England. Future papers in this series will include a discussion on pathways for mothers affected by more severe mental health conditions; […]

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Student Survival Guide

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE To accompany this month’s journal article in which second year student midwives Afshan Ali and Anna Matthews give students their top tips for surviving practice placements, Afshan and Anna describe their experiences of being on placement. AFSHAN: DELIVERY SUITE PLACEMENT FIRST SHIFT So today is the first day of my second delivery suite […]

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Articles - Advancing Practice

Advancing Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care – A New Way Of Working

ADVANCING PRACTICE Facilitating group antenatal care: a new way of working This article outlines the principles and evidence behind group antenatal care and explores how developing group facilitation skills can enhance midwifery practice. The authors discuss the impact of different training models developed by the REACH pregnancy programme to support the implementation of ‘Pregnancy Circles’ […]

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Global Midwifery Matters: 4. Stillbirth In Sri Lanka

GLOBAL MIDWIFERY MATTERS 4. Stillbirth in Sri Lanka This mini series aims to share, discuss and promote midwifery in a global context. Midwifery is a truly global profession and even those of us who work solely in the UK will care for women from many different cultures; these articles reflect the experiences of midwives and […]

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Women’s Voices: Surrogacy. The Dream Of Parenthood

WOMEN’S VOICES Surrogacy. The dream of parenthood Women’s Voices is an occasional series that captures the reflections, recommendations and reviews of those who work within or use maternity care services. Sharing the perspectives and experiences of women, partners, families and maternity workers helps to explore what really matters in the everyday, life-changing moments of childbearing, […]

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Wellbeing And Resilience: 4. Time Management

WELLBEING AND RESILIENCE 4. Time management Midwifery is one of the most emotional and emotive of all the health care professions. In order to be ‘with woman’, we give a part of ourselves to every woman that we care for. Such reciprocity is essential to create a relationship that will maximise a woman’s birth experience […]

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