Editorial: Getting Alongside You

Getting Alongside You As midwives it is our professional obligation to keep our knowledge and skills up to date to ensure we offer appropriate, safe and evidence-based care to all women and families. It is our aim at All4Maternity.com to support you in your learning throughout your training and career. Our hope is to make […]

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Editorial: Holding on to Support

Holding on to Support Research continues to identify the benefits of effective social and emotional support for physical health and wellbeing (Reblin and Uchino 2008). Throughout maternity services relationship-based care, including one-to-one support from a known midwife, has been shown to enhance outcomes for women, babies and families (Sandall et al 2016). Midwifery-led continuity models, […]

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Editorial: A Place For You

A PLACE FOR YOU What a busy and exciting month we have had. Thank you to all our subscribers for being part of our growing community. This month, as we focus on the issues relating to space and place, it is a great chance to celebrate and share our All4Maternity.com platform: your place for learning, […]

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Editorial: Challenging Choices

Challenging Choices As midwives and maternity care workers, we are called upon to support choice and informed decision-making as a fundamental part of our caring roles. Yet evidence demonstrates the ongoing challenge of consistently enabling choice and effective decisionmaking in daily practice. We are living in world where our choices can seem at once prolific […]

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Editorial: #inittogether – Passing It On

EDITORIAL #Inittogether – passing it on This summer I was contacted by a midwife from Birmingham and asked if I could send some well-wishes for one of my past clinical mentors as she retired from midwifery. I had worked with this mentor in my final community placement of midwifery education. Reflecting on that time, I […]

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Editorial: Between Lines And Labels

EDITORIAL Between lines and labels “I’m with the diabetic woman in room 2, can you check the twin lady in room 4?” How often do you refer to the childbearing women in your care in relation to their obstetric or medical status? Throughout health service systems we have come to label the people we care […]

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Editorial: Creativity Counts

EDITORIAL Creativity counts In a welcome to delegates attending the 31st ICM Congress in Toronto, Anna Byron calls on midwives to embrace creativity to adapt and respond to the present and future needs of all those using maternity services ‘Creativity involves putting your imagination to work; in a sense, creativity is applied imagination’ – Ken […]

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Editorial: From The Front, Side Or Back?

EDITORIAL: From the front, side or back? To fulfil our role as lead carers for normal childbearing and birth we must consider how we lead As practising midwives, we work from the front, as the face of the maternity services that employ us and the profession that regulates us. Standing before the childbearing women and […]

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Editorial: Looking back to learn

EDITORIAL Looking back to learn ‘Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times'(Niccolo Machiavelli,1469-1527) We live in a world that is racing forward, spurred on by advances in modern technology and science. I often find myself looking ahead to the next step, venture or […]

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Editorial: Creating Ripples

EDITORIAL Creating ripples A smile may be the perfect antidote to the challenges we face throughout practice, a way we might all respond to the strengthened calls to improve collaboration throughout maternity services to enhance outcomes for mothers, babies and families This week I visited the hospital with my sister. We were both a little […]

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