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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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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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Reducing the risks of obesity

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Reducing the risks of obesity Obesity is an increasing health problem among childbearing women. Worldwide rates of obesity have more than doubled in the past 35 years and over 1.9 billion adults in Britain are now considered overweight (World Health Organization [WHO] 2016). Costs associated with obesity are projected to reach […]

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Using theatre in preceptorship

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Using theatre in preceptorship Using theatre methods and techniques in post registration education has the unique advantage of facilitating learning that is based in the reality of practice yet in a safe space free from the demands and pressures of the work place. It offers compassionate insights that allow participants to reflect […]

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Learning through teaching: a peer teaching innovation in midwifery education

ADVANCING PRACTICE Education Learning through teaching: a peer teaching innovation in midwifery education Peer led teaching (PLT) is a method whereby one group of students is involved in the teaching of another (McKenna and French 2011). Whilst almost all universities worldwide offer some form of peer support for learning, the lack of available literature suggests […]

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Building enhanced midwifery services

ADVANCING PRACTICE Leadership Building enhanced midwifery services As midwives in 2016, we find ourselves in an ever-more challenging environment when it comes to providing effective care throughout the pregnancy continuum. Social deprivation and poverty seem to be common denominators when taking booking histories and, as a result, we see a steady increase in families where […]

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Reducing maternal sepsis

ADVANCING PRACTICE Intrapartum Care / Mortality Reducing maternal sepsis Despite significant advances in the diagnosis and management of sepsis, sepsis in the puerperium remains an important cause of maternal death (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) 2012). To ensure the best outcome for women who are septic, timely diagnosis and treatment is required, together […]

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Detecting fetal compromise during active labour and managing neonatal after-effects

ADVANCING PRACTICE Intrapartum Care Detecting fetal compromise during active labour and managing neonatal after-effects Evaluating fetal wellbeing during the intrapartum period to detect fetal compromise and hypoxia is a topic of considerable importance to midwives. In part this is because the events during this time can have profound significance for the physical and emotional wellbeing […]

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Advancing the public health role of midwives and maternity support workers

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Advancing the public health role of midwives and maternity support workers Midwives are crucial to enhancing public health and wellbeing. Caring for families throughout the childbearing continuum offers midwives the perfect opportunity to address many public health agendas. All aspects of midwifery care can influence health outcomes and, as such, it […]

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Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment: a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1

ADVANCING PRACTICE Postnatal Care Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment:a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1 This two-part series explores the phenomenon of concealed pregnancy and the association with newborn abandonment, with reference to recent cases of public interest. In Part 1 we focus on defining concealed pregnancy as a complex process which involves hiding […]

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