Articles - Advancing Practice

Reducing the risks of obesity

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Reducing the risks of obesity Obesity is an increasing health problem among childbearing women. Worldwide rates of obesity have more than doubled in the past 35 years and over 1.9 billion adults in Britain are now considered overweight (World Health Organization [WHO] 2016). Costs associated with obesity are projected to reach […]

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Advancing the public health role of midwives and maternity support workers

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Advancing the public health role of midwives and maternity support workers Midwives are crucial to enhancing public health and wellbeing. Caring for families throughout the childbearing continuum offers midwives the perfect opportunity to address many public health agendas. All aspects of midwifery care can influence health outcomes and, as such, it […]

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FGM and midwifery practice

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health FGM and midwifery practice Midwives in the UK should have appropriate education in order to provide optimum care for women with female genital mutilation (FGM) and know how to safeguard any children who could be at risk. In addition to this, women with FGM have a right to progress though their […]

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Paranoid or persecuted? The stigmatisation of pregnant drug users: a literature review

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Paranoid or persecuted? The stigmatisation of pregnant drug users: a literature review Substance misuse is a complex issue, fraught with many challenges and inequalities for those affected; most of these are as a result not of the substances themselves, but of the underlying web of socioeconomic problems associated. Whilst the literature […]

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