Hospital or home?

Hospital or home?; Pre-labour rupture of membranes Sarah Lodola – Clinical placement co-ordinator at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin The management of pre-labour rupture of membranes at term remains a debated issue and there is a wide variation in practice, with no clear agreement on what comprises the optimal management of spontaneous rupture of […]

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Volunteer and peer support during the perinatal period: a scoping study

VOLUNTEER AND PEER SUPPORT DURING THE PERINATAL PERIOD: A SCOPING STUDY Gill Thomson, Reader (Associate Professor) in Perinatal Health at University of Central Lancashire Jenny McLeish, Health Services Researcher at National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford We report findings from a scoping study to explore the focus and range of organised volunteer/peer support projects offering […]

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Birth and the microbiome; what all midwives need to know

BIRTH AND THE MICROBIOME; WHAT ALL MIDWIVES NEED TO KNOW Birth is an important event in many ways, but emerging research is demonstrating that the way we are born may have far-reaching consequences for our future health and wellbeing. This article looks briefly at what is known about the microbiome and health, the importance of birth, […]

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Student survival guide No 8 – Developing a personal philosophy and preparing for qualification

DEVELOPING A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY AND PREPARING FOR QUALIFICATION Georgia Allan – Caseloading Midwife in Manchester Felicity Harper – Midwife at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Qualification is an exciting, nerve-racking time that ties together three years of hard work, dedication and commitment.In the final article of the Student survival guide series, Georgia Allan and Felicity […]

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The Majestic Midwife – a book for children!

The Majestic Midwife – a book for children! Laura Neale – Former and future Midwife and Childminder I began my midwifery journey in September 2002. As a student and then qualified midwife, I felt very privileged to be in a position to care for women and their families during their life-changing events. I met many women […]

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Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision

Understanding the needs of women and midwives as they interact during maternity care provision Jenny Patterson – Midwife and PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University For women childbirth can be traumatic. For midwives, the working environment and fulfilling their role can be stressful and sometimes traumatic. How we, as midwives, relate to the women we care […]

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Coming Full Circle – Building a sustainable community of mothers

Building a sustainable community of mothers Tanya Saunders – Third year Student Midwife at Canterbury Christ Church University Joan Lawrence – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy The unexpected experience of social isolation and loneliness for new mothers is a growing issue in caring […]

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Maternity Voices – Bereavement Care 40 Years On

BEREAVEMENT CARE 40 YEARS ON Cathy Rowan – Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at University of West London Tara Watters – Community Midwife at Wexham Park Hospital This article is based on a case study by a third-year student midwife who, in the course of writing up an assignment on stillbirth for her degree, opened up discussion with […]

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Evidence Series – Service Evaluation

Examining postnatal care provided to mothers with infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units Zoe Hughes – Midwife at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Cerys Wyn – Midwife at Hywel Dda Health Board Having experienced infants in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as both service users and providers, the enormity of the impact on women is […]

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Advancing Practice – Midwifery Caseloading

A critical review of caseloading as a model of midwifery practice Jacqueline RichardsMidwife at Warrington and Halton Hospitals and writer Continuity of care and team midwifery are buzzwords in maternity, long since a part of the way childbearing, childbirth and childrearing are organised. In the UK, women cared for by professionals call for care by […]

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