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Public consultation on postnatal care guidelines

As I take on the role as editor of the British Journal of Midwifery during Alexandra's maternity leave, clear and effective guidance on postnatal care for health professionals, including midwives,...

Improving outcomes through education and co-creation

The recent Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential...

Saving babies' lives in a pandemic

With various different restrictions in place throughout the country, which are changing on a weekly basis, confusion as to what is and what is not safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact...

Skin-to-skin contact following caesarean section: a narrative review

Skin-to-skin contact (SSC), the deliberate placement of an infant on the bare chest of its mother, is commonly performed after normal vaginal delivery because of its numerous benefits (Moore et al,...

A service evaluation of a hospital-based specialist postnatal breastfeeding clinic

Breastfeeding is described as the gold standard of infant feeding and is beneficial to both infant and maternal health Breastfeeding protects infants against diarrhoea and respiratory infections,...

The marginalisation of midwifery in medicalised pregnancy and childbirth: a qualitative study

In many places across the globe, midwives are the first caregivers of pregnant women and parturient (Sandall et al, 2016) Nonetheless, significant differences exist in the organisation of midwifery...

Destitution in pregnancy: forced migrant women's lived experiences

Evidence suggests that across the UK, forced pregnant migrant women are increasingly becoming destitute (Carter, 2017; Petch et al, 2015) Forced migrants are people who have been coerced or forced to...

Factors associated with underutilisation of antenatal care services in Limpopo, South Africa

The availability, accessibility and utilisation of antenatal care services play a major role in the lives of pregnant women and neonates worldwide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016a) Globally,...

Midwives in low-resource settings

Countries with scarce resources, like Pakistan, mostly have poor health indicators Maternal, neonatal and child healthcare are often compromised as a result of a lack of availability and accessibility...

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COVID-19: women with diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy

COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic and poses a significant challenge to the care of pregnant women, especially pregnancies complicated by diabetes and hypertension These pregnancies are associated with...

The start of an academic year like no other

The year 2020 has been, and continues to be, a year like no other The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March (WHO, 2020) and, because of the highly contagious...

Provision of supportive care

The increased pace and involuntary nature of labour physiology renders it a period of maximum stress for both the fetus and the mother, particularly within the second stage of labour (McDonnell and...

Supporting families after a diagnosis of Edwards' or Patau's syndrome

Imagine going from being happily pregnant to being told that the baby you are expecting has a rare and life-limiting condition If your child does beat the odds and survives to be born alive, no-one...

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The Acton Model: support for women with female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a global healthcare problem affecting an estimated 200 million women and girls, worldwide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016) It is defined as ‘all procedures...

COVID-19 and the risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic women during pregnancy

Recently, concerns have been raised about a possible association between ethnicity and incidence and outcomes of COVID-19, following observational data released from the Intensive Care National Audit...

Birth trauma: the mediating effects of perceived support

In recent years, birth trauma has become the focus of much perinatal research Childbirth can be a triggering event for mothers and lead to symptoms of postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),...

Should pregnant women be in a high-risk COVID-19 category?

As COVID-19 spread round the world in early 2020, most governments introduced lockdown measures to reduce social interactions and so reduce the transmission of the virus In some countries, including...

The Professional Midwifery Advocate in non-NHS organisations

The Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) role has been designed to deploy the Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement (A-EQUIP) model, which was formulated in 2016/17 (NHS England, 2017)...

How far does duty of care extend?

The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on global health continues apace, generating widespread apprehension among the public and healthcare workers

How COVID-19 affects mother-baby contact

In the UK especially, it is widely accepted that physical contact between mother and baby from birth onwards is immensely beneficial for both Supported by UK Baby Friendly Initiatives standards in...

Physiology's role in labour assessment

This article considers the importance of observing the physiological and behavioural cues exhibited by women during advanced labour to facilitate labour assessment In-depth knowledge of labour...

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Tools for frontline professionals

The way in which healthcare organisations respond and learn following patient safety incidents has been repeatedly highlighted as a cause for concern Getting that right has never been as important as...

Changes in the management of iron in pregnancy

The need for healthy iron levels during pregnancy is well understood by healthcare professionals This essential micronutrient plays an important role in the transportation of oxygen throughout the...

Tales of two midwives: medical conditions of pregnancy that changed our midwifery practice

The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that midwifery around the world is currently set against an ever-present backdrop of disease Although pregnancy and childbirth are most often a healthy and normal...

Supporting vegans through pregnancy and lactation

The number of British people who identify as vegan has quadrupled in the last five years (The Vegan Society, 2019) Indications are that nearly half of the vegans in the UK made the change in 2018...

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