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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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Antenatal care: 6. Blood tests for investigating pre-eclampsia

MIDWIFERY BASICS Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing 6. Blood tests for investigating pre-eclampsia Pre-eclampsia complicates between 2 per cent and 8 per cent of pregnancies, and safe care for mother and baby depends on early recognition of signs and symptoms, as well as timely investigation and referral. An understanding of the pathophysiology of pre-eclampsia […]

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Antenatal care: 5. Testing for sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy

MIDWIFERY BASICS Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing 5. Testing for sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy ‘Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing’ is the 10th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ and is targeted at both students and practising midwives who wish to update their knowledge. The series aims to raise awareness of the needs of women […]

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Antenatal care: How midwives can help with perinatal depression

MIDWIFERY BASICS How midwives can help with perinatal depression In 2011 a national children’s charity led a campaign that identified why help with postnatal depression (PND) needed to improve; however PND remains a huge problem. Numerous cases are still coming to light where a mother has not sought help nor has been given adequate support, […]

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Infant feeding: 3. Skills to support infant feeding

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 3. Skills to support infant feeding ‘Infant feeding’ is the 12th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to inform and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic. In this third article Joyce Marshall considers the […]

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Infant feeding: Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed This article is a discussion of some of the current knowledge on how to best support young mothers who wish to breastfeed. It includes practice points taken from Phoebe’s own qualitative research on young mothers and infant feeding and also a discussion of the […]

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Infant feeding: 1. Anatomy and physiology

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 1. Anatomy and physiology ‘Infant feeding’ is the 12th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to inform and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic. In this first article of the new series, Joyce Marshall […]

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Preceptorship: 7. Perineal suturing

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship 7. Perineal suturing During the transition from student midwife, the newly qualified practitioner (NQM) is required to obtain experience of perineal suturing. With exposure varying from student to student and inconsistency in teaching methods between hospital trusts, the NQM can be left feeling apprehensive and unsupported to learn this skill. Suturing is […]

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Atrial fibrillation case study

MIDWIFERY BASICS Physiology Atrial fibrillation case study This article discusses the irregular heart rhythm caused by atrial fibrillation (AF). A brief overview of the pathophysiology will be provided. A case study is discussed to highlight the treatment and management of AF. The care provision describes common signs and symptoms and also the treatment and management […]

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Preceptorship: 4. Managing workload and prioritising care: top tips

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship 4. Managing workload and prioritising care: top tips In this fourth article of the series, Neesha Ridley and Kerry Taylor look into the barriers and challenges that present to all midwives, particularly in the prioritisation of care and management of workload. Top tips in order to help support newly qualified midwives manage […]

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Preceptorship: 3. Being a preceptor – rewarding but challenging

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship 3. Being a preceptor – rewarding but challenging Preceptorship is the 15th 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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Preceptorship: 2. Newly qualified midwives

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship 2. Newly qualified midwives National and professional organisations advocate that employers should provide newly qualified midwives with a structured model of preceptorship. This is to increase confidence and competence, consequently strengthening recruitment and retention. In this second article of the series, Kerry Taylor, Stephanie Heys and Jessemy Evans look first hand at […]

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Preceptorship: 1. Success at last!

MIDWIFERY BASICS Preceptorship 1. Success at last! National and professional organisations advocate that employers should provide newly qualified midwives with a structured model of preceptorship. This is to increase confidence and competence, consequently strengthening recruitment and retention. Working alongside a named experienced preceptor further enhances self-belief and ability, although there is a shortage of evidence […]

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Mentorship: 8. How mentorship affects the transition from student to qualified midwife

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 8. How mentorship affects the transition from student to qualified midwife Mentorship is the 14th 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 […]

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Mentorship: 7. Mentorship update and support: what do mentors need from an update?

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 7. Mentorship update and support: what do mentors need from an update? Mentorship is the 14th 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 […]

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Mentorship: 6. Challenges of mentorship

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 6. Challenges of mentorship Charlotte Kenyon Head of division of maternal and child health Stephen Hogarth & Joyce Marshall Both senior lecturers in midwifery all at the University of Huddersfield INTRODUCTION The value of effective mentorship should not be underestimated, it is important not only for the learning and development of individual […]

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Mentorship: 5. Relationships between university and practice, and the role of the link lecturer

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 5. Relationships between university and practice, and the role of the link lecturer Mentorship is the 14th 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 […]

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Mentorship: 4. Assessing students

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 4. Assessing students Mentorship is the 14th 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 series of activities relating to […]

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Mentorship: 3. Mentorship from the student perspective

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 3. Mentorship from the student perspective 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 series […]

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Mentorship: 2. Skills to facilitate learning in clinical practice

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 2. Skills to facilitate learning in clinical practice 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 […]

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Mentorship 1. The role and responsibilities of a midwifery mentor

MIDWIFERY BASICS Mentoring 1. The role and responsibilities of a midwifery mentor In this first article of the new series, Yvonne Jarvis and Joyce Marshall consider some of the key issues related to the role and responsibilities of the midwifery mentor in an overview of the mentoring role. These will be discussed in more detail […]

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