Agnes Gereb – yet another travesty

I met Agnes Gereb for the first time in 2012 in her light filled apartment in Budapest that was both her home and her prison. Agnes had been charged in 2008 with ‘manslaughter through negligence in the course of her professional practice’. This charge was based on the breathing difficulties and subsequent death of a […]

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Relationship-based continuity of carer: informed choice for mothers AND midwives

There can be no doubt that we should be implementing relationship-based continuity of carer for most women and their babies. The evidence has been mounting over years and is compelling: there are few developments that offer so much benefit, with fewer risks (See It is difficult to understand why this evidence is still seen […]

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Starting an initiative; #MaternityLeader case study

Hello all, Happy New Year! A new year often represents a new start and so I thought I’d follow The Practising Midwife’s theme of ‘Bright Beginnings’ with a blog about how to run and launch a social media campaign to help anyone interested in starting a new initiative this New Year. I’m going to use […]

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Access to digital information, social artifice and choice

Changing attitudes and actions around women’s health, childbirth and gender equality are being powerfully supported by technology engaging mass communication. Social media are helping to raise awareness and encourage discussion by breaking down barriers of distance and geography. But sometimes, too much information – especially if it is inaccurate or of poor quality – can pose a challenge for women and families and […]

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The Place of Political Satire and Cartoons in Birth Activism

By Laura Godfrey-Issacs Henny Beaumont (2017) ‘I’ve thought of a great way to tackle midwife shortages’ Recent political events in the UK and globally are a gift for satirists, such as Henny Beaumont – artist, writer and disability activist – and subsequently we see a resurgence of political sketches and lampooning in the media. But, […]

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The birth of our humanity

  ‘A child is born’ …and then? How will that life unfold? Will this baby be well and healthy at birth, with a mother who has been wrapped around in loving care, not only in her childhood and life, but also in pregnancy, labour, birth and the early weeks of life? Will this baby be […]

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Representations Of Childbirth And How They Can Affect The Choice Agenda

Representations Of Childbirth And How They Can Affect The Choice Agenda We live in an electronic and highly visual age where images of birth, pregnancy and motherhood saturate our social and mainstream media – however, images made by artists, which might be less available, can provide an alternative set of representations, and are rarely referenced […]

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Best foot forward – Midwifery society updates and events

Midwifery societies have grown from strength to strength in recent years. With more midwifery societies being established every year, we feel it is important to shine a light on the amazing work midwifery societies are doing every day. As Chair of UCLan midwifery society, I know how much extra time, effort, hard work and – […]

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Coping with change

Autumn heralds change in many ways: the leaves change from green to shades of orange, gold and red; the sun sets more quickly and the mornings are darker; fires are flaming; conkers are collected; and freshers begin a new chapter in their lives at university. Managing change is a skill that needs to be honed […]

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Technology and empowerment

Welcome to the Maternity Media Hotspot, a resource media space focused on providing you with access to new and existing content published online, including posters, infographics, videos and animations relating to midwifery, maternity, obstetric and neonatal care. These resources are aimed to support women and families, midwives and other healthcare professionals in the provision of […]

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The politics of normal birth

  I will be writing a blog post each month, and you can hear more about it HERE. This first month I am looking at the politics of normal birth. As a midwife you have an impact on people’s lives. Let’s make that impact informed and compassionate by thinking things through. The time for improvement […]

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Viewpoint: What To Push For?

VIEWPOINT What to push for? The aim of midwifery care is to optimise health and wellbeing for mother and baby; support for a straightforward normal birth is a part of that care continuum. SUPPORTING NORMAL BIRTH There has been a great deal of debate and discussion in the media lately around the issue of ‘natural’ […]

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