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Midwifery Basics: 8. Becoming An Accountable Midwife

MIDWIFERY BASICS 8. Becoming an accountable midwife In the final article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores some of the challenges of becoming an accountable practitioner. Becoming a midwife is the 16th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness […]

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Midwifery Basics: 5. Professional Issues In Practice

MIDWIFERY BASICS 5. Professional Issues In Practice In this fifth article of the series, Jancis Shepherd explores issues of supervision of student midwives in perineal suturing, the practical and legal implications of misadministration of medicines and accountability issues. Jancis Shepherd Lead Midwife for Education at University of West London SCENARIO Jane is the Supervisor of […]

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The miracle of fertilisation – life begins

MIDWIFERY BASICS Physiology The miracle of fertilisation – life begins It is important for midwives to understand fertilisation in order to consider: the impact on events in pregnancy; causes of infertility and failed pregnancy; measures to promote fertility such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), amongst many other scientific developments; and finally in terms of preventing […]

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Midwifery supervision: 2. Role of the supervisor of midwives

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 2. Role of the supervisor of midwives Midwifery supervision is the 13th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to provide information to raise awareness of the impact of the work of midwives on women’s experience and encourage midwives to seek further information through a […]

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Prolonged jaundice in neonates

MIDWIFERY BASICS Practice Skills Prolonged jaundice in neonates Jaundice is common in neonates and is often the reason for a parent to consult a community midwife or health visitor. It is known that up to 40 per cent of breastfed infants are jaundiced at 14 days of age and a proportion of these infants are […]

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Contraception: a guide for midwives

MIDWIFERY BASICS Postnatal Care Contraception: a guide for midwives Women will generally spend more of their reproductive lifetime preventing pregnancy than experiencing it. The choice of contraceptive methods can be confusing for women, each one having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For new mothers, a method of contraception is important if a reasonable […]

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We’ve got it covered: graduated compression stockings

MIDWIFERY BASICS Practice Skills We’ve got it covered: graduated compression stockings Hypercoagulability is a well documented feature of pregnancy and contributes to the increased incidences of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnancy. Thromboembolism remains a leading cause of maternal death in the UK, though it’s predicted that up to two thirds of these deaths could be […]

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Catherisation: best practice in bladder care

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship Catherisation: best practice in bladder care Bladder care is an integral part of caring for a woman in labour and the immediate postpartum period (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2014a). To ensure effective bladder care, the skill of urinary catheterisation is often undertaken by a midwife and can be […]

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Antenatal care: 7. Testing for diabetes in pregnancy

MIDWIFERY BASICS Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing 7. Testing for diabetes in pregnancy ‘Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing’ is the 10th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at both students and practicing midwives who wish to update. The series aims to raise awareness of the needs of women during their childbearing experience. The reader […]

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Antenatal care: Alcohol and pregnancy: a dangerous cocktail

MIDWIFERY BASICS Antenatal care Alcohol and pregnancy: a dangerous cocktail Women have diverse attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Contradictory views about the risks associated with alcohol intake influence consumption levels. Many women do not receive detailed advice from healthcare professionals. The woman’s assessment of risk is hindered by the contradictory advice from […]

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