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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Maternity Voices: Blue-Gloved Touch

Blue-Gloved Touch This is a reflection on Zainab*, with a complex social history, who was having her third baby. The notes revealed that she had had a rocky relationship with her husband over the course of this pregnancy and that, whilst they were separated at the time of booking, they had reconciled and were back […]

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Campaigning 
for change

Implementing optimal cord clamping Healthy neonates benefit from a more physiological and gentle transition from placental to pulmonary respiration. ‘Delayed’ or ‘optimal’ cord clamping provides this. In this paper, Amanda Burleigh and Christina Uwins describe how Amanda worked towards successfully implementing change on a global stage. Supplemented by a News and Views All4Maternity.com blog, they […]

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Evidence Series: NMPA Report Review

NATIONAL MATERNITY AND PERINATAL AUDIT (NMPA) ANNUAL REPORT REVIEW BASED ON BIRTHS IN NHS MATERNITY SERVICES BETWEEN 1ST APRIL 2015 AND 31ST MARCH 2016 This is the first audit of NHS maternity and neonatal services, encompassing all women and their babies and the outcomes of their care. It does not duplicate or incorporate themes covered […]

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The Postcode Lottery of Care

Pregnant women and mothers with severe and complex perinatal mental health needs This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. In this fourth article, Claire […]

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Advancing Practice : Enhancing detection and support

Identifying and caring for women at risk of late miscarriage and spontaneous premature birth Preterm birth rates are on the increase in almost all countries. Midwives are therefore likely to encounter women who are at risk of, or who go on to have a preterm birth or late miscarriage. This article looks at the known […]

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Hopeless women or hopeless care systems?

Reflection on a presentation This reflective piece was written after Hannah Rogers had attended the 2015 MBRRACE-UK launch, where the surveillance of maternal deaths in the UK 2011-13 (Knight et al 2015) was published and presented. During one presentation, the speaker used a phrase in relation to women who led socially complex lives, which prompted […]

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The Practising Midwife - Mother & Baby

Neonatal – mental health, bonding and attachment

Nonatal Mental health Nonatal – Mental health, bonding and attachment There has been an emphasis in society on mental health generally and maternal mental health in particular for some time. We also know that the impact of maternal anxiety and depression, for example, can be detrimental to the neonate, potentially having a lasting impact in […]

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My Story post-traumatic stress disorder

My story of post traumatic stress triggered after a difficult day on placement, the subsequent difficulty of accessing the right help and diagnosis and, finally, the profound impact of the continuity of support received as a student from a team of caseload midwives; how love, support and encouragement from likeminded midwives aided my healing and […]

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The Practising Midwife - Heart Tree

Courage and compassion

The importance of being a caring advocate This article aims to explore some of the limitations that student midwives experience within the clinical setting. Courage and compassion form part of the six basic competencies, commonly known as the six Cs. Compassion is an innate trait, whereas courage is a value that can be fostered. It […]

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The Practising Midwife - Mother Baby Hands

Zero separation

Promoting togetherness of mothers and babies This article explores issues surrounding the separation of mothers and babies during the postnatal period, highlighting the importance of keeping mothers and babies together wherever and whenever possible. The aim is to raise awareness of the detrimental effects that the act of separation has on the mother and the […]

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Research Symposium: Childbearing in Europe

The qualitative research network BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in childbearing, with the focus on migrants and minorities – WoMBH-net Helsinki, 14-15 September 2017 Symposium summary runs alongside Guideline commentary and the other evidence series articles; it examines local, national and international conferences that have implications directly or indirectly for midwives. It helps readers […]

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Working in the dark

Creating a space for birth The phenomenon of birth environment as an influencer of physiology and birth outcome is a relatively new concept within academic research and birth space design. Yet the publication of the Birthplace study (Brocklehurst et al 2011) and consonance of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (2014), in […]

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SHARED VOICES

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing This series stresses the importance of perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Policy and guidelines have been written to help support midwives in delivering care so that a woman’s mental health is treated as comparable with her physical health. Between January and August 2016, as part of a project reviewing perinatal […]

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BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability

BFI GOLD: Achieving sustainability of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation scheme is based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services. The programme improves standards of care for all babies, their mothers and families, with a particular focus […]

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CULTIVATING EDEN

MIDWIVES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HOME BIRTH TEAM IN POOLE, DORSET Current conversations about home birth in the UK tend to refer to the Birth place study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group [BECG] 2011) based on nearly 80,000 birthing women in England, of whom 18,000 planned to have a home birth. The researchers found that […]

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A place for student resilience

A place for student resilience Student survival guide (formerly Midwifery basics) is targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic.In this fourth […]

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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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FAB CHANGE WEEK: Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge?

FAB CHANGE WEEK Calling All Rebels… What Will You Pledge? INTRODUCTION Change management and the implementation of service improvements to enhance care have historically been considered to be within the remit of formal midwifery leaders, but radical alternatives are emerging. Our real change agents are often diverse individuals: the rebels and positive deviants of healthcare. […]

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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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MATERNITY VOICES: Still Born

MATERNITY VOICES Still Born The Importance Of The Birthing Experience Losing a baby before or shortly after birth is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family. It will change their life in an instant, almost in its entirety. Caring for a bereaved family and their child is not easy, but […]

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Informed Consent In Theatre

INFORMED Informed Consent In Theatre As part of my job, when I meet families in antenatal sessions, I always speak to women and their partners about consent. For most of them, this means being informed and being given the freedom to make important choices for the health of themselves and their babies, physically and emotionally. […]

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Evidence Series: Observational Study

EVIDENCE SERIES Observational Study Does Waterbirth Affect The Risk Of Third Degree Tears? An observational study was undertaken during 2016 following concerns raised by Corte (2011). A question often raised at study days I host worldwide asks, ‘Does waterbirth increase the percentage of third degree tears?’ The original observational study reviewed third degree tears following a […]

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Advancing Practice: Communication Skills

ADVANCING PRACTICE Communication Skills Life After Attending And Participating In Nhs Connected Course In Advanced Communication Skills; A Midwife’S Perspective Communication is a process of giving and receiving messages and is essential to providing competent care (England and Morgan 2012; Silverman et al 2016). The poor quality of communication identified in reports (Knight et al 2014; 2016), […]

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Student Survival Guide 3: Assessment And Clinical Skills

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE NO 3 Assessment And Clinical Skills For Osce And Practice Starting midwifery education is a new series of ‘Student Survival Guide’ (formerly ‘Midwifery Basics’) targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to […]

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Article Of The Month: Key Concepts In Care

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Key Concepts In Care Exploring Basic Legal And Ethical Concepts In Maternity Care This article revisits some key concepts within maternity care: women’s choice, autonomy, decision-making and consent through basic legal and ethical frameworks. It is intended as a ‘beginner’s guide’: a starting point into the tricky terrain to provide a basic […]

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Student Survival Guide: 2. Practice Placements

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2: Practice placements In the second article of this new series, Afshan Ali and Anna Matthews provide advice on how to approach practice placements. This includes practical tips on what to take with you and what might be expected of you when you get there, as well as how to prepare for […]

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Article Of The Month: Perinatal Mental Health And Wellbeing – Policy And Practice

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH Perinatal mental health and wellbeing: policy and practice In the first article of our new series on perinatal mental health, we provide an overview of the relevant policy landscape in England. Future papers in this series will include a discussion on pathways for mothers affected by more severe mental health conditions; […]

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Student Survival Guide

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE To accompany this month’s journal article in which second year student midwives Afshan Ali and Anna Matthews give students their top tips for surviving practice placements, Afshan and Anna describe their experiences of being on placement. AFSHAN: DELIVERY SUITE PLACEMENT FIRST SHIFT So today is the first day of my second delivery suite […]

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