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Transition to motherhood

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Life consists of transitions that are integral to an individual’s physical, psychological, ...

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Shoulder dystocia

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A shoulder dystocia is an obstetric emergency that is difficult to predict and the occurrence of ...

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Perineal trauma

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Approximately 90 per cent of women in the UK who have a vaginal birth experience some degree of ...

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Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice

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This module covers the principles of non-verbal communication, and includes practical strategies ...

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Birth Environment Module

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The environment in which a woman labours and gives birth can have a dramatic effect on the ...

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Immersion in water for labour and birth, Part 1: Evidence into Pr...

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The use of water (hydrotherapy) for labour and birth is a key element of midwifery practice yet ...

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Nutrition and nurture of the newborn and beyond

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Breastfeeding confers many benefits for mothers and babies. Supporting the maternal-newborn bond ...

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Reflective practice

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'Reflection is like opening a window into yourself – to your thoughts, feelings and concerns ...

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Neonatal sepsis

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Neonatal sepsis is the major cause of mortality in term and preterm infants in the UK. The signs ...

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Immediate care of the healthy term neonate

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All neonates have significant adaptations to make during labour, birth and in the immediate ...

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Writing a personal statement for application to a midwifery degre...

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Congratulations on your career choice! Here at The Practising Midwife we firmly believe that ...

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Urinary incontinence before, during and after pregnancy

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Urinary incontinence (UI) affects a considerable proportion of women before, during and after ...

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Collaborative working

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Effective collaboration is essential to provide good all-round care for women. Whilst the ...

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Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

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Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) affects around one-in-five pregnant women. Traditionally, PGP was ...

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Midwifery support for asylum seekers and refugees

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This module covers some of the considerations necessary to provide holistic, sensitive and ...

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Maternal sepsis

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Sepsis was the biggest cause of direct maternal mortality identified in the 2011 Centre for ...

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Evidence based midwifery management of face presentation

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Face presentation is a rare, unanticipated event in which the fetal chin extends (instead of ...

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Abdominal examination: visual inspection

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In order to fully assess a woman, the midwife needs to be able to perform an abdominal ...

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Auscultation

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The ability to effectively auscultate and interpret a fetal heart rate is essential for ...

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Perinatal mental health

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Mental health is an area in which midwives feel notoriously ill-equipped. This article aims to ...

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Aromatherapy in midwifery: professional responsibilities

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Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses essential oils of plants to achieve ...

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Leadership in midwifery

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Leadership is a word often heard in any workplace, and healthcare services are no different. ...

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Conception, implantation and placentation

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The aim of the menstrual cycle is to mature and release an ovum ready for conception, and ...

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Atrial fibrillation

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This module discusses the irregular heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation (AF). A brief overview of ...

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Postpartum haemorrhage

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Even in 2016 the reality is that a postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) remains one of the leading ...

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Domestic violence screening

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Universal and routine screening for domestic violence is recommended for pregnant women and ...

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Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment: a 21st century probl...

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Concealed pregnancy is as much an issue today as it was 50 years ago. In the last year a number ...

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Becoming a mother in prison

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Currently 6-7 per cent of the female prison population in England and Wales is pregnant ...

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Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies

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A congenital anomaly is a physiological defect, which occurs as the fetus develops in utero ...

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Self-care and resilience in midwifery

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Resilience is important for midwives in the current climate of the NHS. With the rise in birth ...

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Preconception care

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Pre-pregnancy planning aims to ensure a healthy pregnancy and enhance pregnancy outcomes. Women ...

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Perinatal mortality and morbidity

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The UK stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate has fallen by a fifth in the last decade; however, ...

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Optimal cord clamping

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An increasing amount of scientific evidence confirms that the timing of umbilical cord clamping ...

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Organisational culture within healthcare

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With its complex nature, the NHS as an organisation encompasses many differing cultures and ...

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Maternity Voices Partnerships

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‘The public are no longer prepared to be passive, trusting and grateful recipients of what is ...

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Using social networking

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Social media have rapidly become a recognised and valuable part of daily life and are now so ...

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Facilitating choice for women and their families

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Facilitating informed choice is an important part of all midwives, birth and maternity workers ...

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Admissions support for aspiring midwives in the making

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We are delighted to bring you a complete mini-course from the wonderful Ellie Durant, of Midwife ...

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Evidence-based practice in midwifery

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Research is the searching for, gathering and analysis of information in a systematic manner, ...

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Mechanism of labour – the interaction between the maternal pelvis...

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This resource considers the anatomy and physiology underpinning the mechanism of labour in terms ...

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Immersion in water for labour and birth, Part 2: Safety and Consi...

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Water for labour and birth is increasing in popularity in the United Kingdom and around the ...

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Skin to Skin

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Skin-to-skin contact is an intervention describing an activity whereby a baby is positioned next ...

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