Implementing optimal cord clamping – never, ever, give up

By Amanda Burleigh  In this blog, supplementing The Practising Midwife’s February 2018 Article of the Month (Burleigh and Uwins 2018) promoting practice change to implement optimum cord clamping, Amanda Burleigh describes the 12-year journey she has taken, and offers insight into the effort required to overcome the barriers to implementing change. Amanda charts the moments […]

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Research Unwrapped: Discussions between midwives and women around place of birth

EVIDENCE Research Unwrapped Discussions between midwives and women around place of birth The research discussed here involves two reviews focusing on discussions which midwives have with women on place of birth; the research considered the discussions which took place from the midwives’ perspective. A systematic review to examine the evidence regarding discussions by midwives, with […]

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Report Review – The new Irish maternity strategy 2016-2026

EVIDENCE Report Reviews The new Irish maternity strategy 2016-2026 In 2016, Ireland launched its first ever maternity strategy (Department of Health [IDH] 2016). This followed many high-profile controversies, including maternal and neonatal deaths due to medical misadventure. This article reviews Ireland’s history of maternity services, the new strategy and current perinatal mental health services. Irish […]

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Guideline Commentary: Prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage

EVIDENCE Guideline Commentary Prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage This commentary examines a recent ‘Green Top’ guideline from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, (RCOG) Green-Top Guideline No 52, Prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage (Mavrides et al 2016) Alys Einion Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University Guideline commentary is a series to […]

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Research Unwrapped: Midwifery practice during birth: ritual companionship

EVIDENCE Research Unwrapped Midwifery practice during birth: ritual companionship The research being discussed here is a qualitative study focusing on perhaps the most fundamental dimension and function of midwifery practice: that of the impact of a midwife on a woman’s birth experience. Reed R, Rowe J and Barnes M (2016) Women and Birth, 29(3): 269-278. […]

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Report Reviews – MBRRACE-UK: Saving lives, improving mothers’ care

EVIDENCE Report Reviews MBRRACE-UK: Saving lives, improving mothers’ care The third annual MBRRACE-UK report, Saving lives, improving mothers’ care report provides us with a picture of maternal deaths in the UK between 2012-14 and information on the lessons learned from the UK and Ireland Confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and morbidities between 2009-14. Globally, maternal […]

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Report Reviews: Perinatal mortality and morbidity: a retrospective

EVIDENCE Report Reviews Perinatal mortality and morbidity: a retrospective The UK stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate has fallen by a fifth in the last decade; however, stillbirth rates continue to be among the highest of high-income countries. The Government wants to halve the rate of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in England by 2030, with a […]

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Research Unwrapped: Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: a systematic review

EVIDENCE Research Unwrapped Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: a systematic review Fenwick J, Cullen D, Gamle J et al (2016) ‘Being a young midwifery student: a qualitative exploration’. Midwifery, 39: 27-34. The research being discussed here is a systematic review of articles which look at the implementation of mindfulness approaches and whether these can enhance […]

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Original Research: Factors associated with postpartum shivering: a cross-sectional study

EVIDENCE Original Research Factors associated with postpartum shivering: a cross-sectional study The objective of this study was to investigate the postpartum shivering phenomenon. We carried out a cross-sectional study on a sample of 597 pregnant women. Logistic regression analyses were built. Independent variables were: parity, labour induction with prostaglandin agonist, oxytocin infusion during labour, amniotomy, […]

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Cochrane Corner – Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants

EVIDENCE Cochrane Corner Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants The current international recommendation (World Health Organization (WHO) 2011) is that healthy infants should be exclusively breastfed, where possible, for the first six months of life. In practice, many breastfed infants are given other fluids and/or food before that age but, is […]

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