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Looking back and moving forward

The latest report from Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (2022) has been released, giving a striking insight into midwifery and maternity care...

Physiology-informed maternity care

Since 1960, the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS)...

Training on cultural competency for perinatal mental health peer supporters

A total of 10 peer supporters were trained, with nine women completing the evaluation form. This immediate feedback showed that the training was generally well received. The majority of participants...

Iranian women's birth experiences: a cross-sectional study

A total of 126 women were included in the study. The majority were 20—35 years old (90.4%) and the mean age was 27.17 ± 5.71 years. Most women were housewives (96.0%), had primary education (52.6%)...

The importance of the user voice in clinical decision making: a reflective account

When reflecting on the factors affecting the decision-making process, it is useful to consider decision-making theory. The dual processing theory suggests that thought process can be distinguished as...

A critical analysis of a tripartite clinical decision involving a student, midwife and client

Midwives often make clinical decisions with missing or ambiguous information, requiring skill and a degree of managed risk consideration (NHS, 2022) or trade off, as per Sherif et al's (1965) degrees...

Culture and breastfeeding support

Current global migratory movements are creating multicultural societies that demand culturally sensitive health professionals to care for women and families (Belintxon and López-Dicastillo, 2014). As...

Midwifery and plant-based diets

In a study of over 250 women (both pregnant and non-pregnant) based in Ireland, De Benedictus et al (2022) evaluated dietary intake and the bioavailability of zinc, finding that ‘58.14% of women and...

Postnatal PTSD: A guide for health professionals

The title is explicitly clear and by the end of the book you will know about postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a variety of angles

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Supporting midwives in tough times

‘I cried a lot…It wasn't what I had planned for my life obviously, and COVID-19 had been exciting enough up until that point! Now I had cancer to deal with at the age of 43 [years].’ .

Preventing needless deaths in maternity care

It is hard to imagine how devastating it must be to lose a child. It must be especially difficult to learn that a baby's death could have been prevented. However, according to the findings of the...

To weigh or not to weigh in pregnancy: a retrospective study

The pre-intervention group (no routine weighing) included all women who attended the advanced midwife practitioner service for all antenatal care and gave birth in a particular maternity unit in...

Midwives' decision making during normal labour and birth: a decision making framework

All stages of this study were carried out by the author as part of a PhD study. To address the research aim of the study, to explore midwifery decision-making during normal labour and birth, an...

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Unwanted pregnancy in Indonesia: prevalence and decision making

The participants' demographic data are shown in Table 1. Most participants chose to continue with their pregnancy (81.2%). The greatest proportion of respondents was from Java (33.4%). The majority...

Safety netting in midwifery

The concept of safety netting is particularly relevant in midwifery given the fundamental nature of midwifery care, which depends on working in partnership with women to recognise and support normal...

A tribute to Corina Casey-Hardman

All at the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) were saddened to hear of the passing of our wonderful former consultant editor, Corina Casey-Hardman, on 10 August 2022.

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic for midwifery and nursing academics

A qualitative approach was taken, using demographics and open-ended qualitative questions to collect data. The use of qualitative data enhanced the description and understanding of nursing and...

Rethinking assessment for interprofessional learning during COVID-19: steering a middle course

Assessment is an integral component of teaching and learning with diverse functions and purposes. Its purposes can be distinguished as the ‘assessment of learning’ and ‘assessment for learning’....

The bidirectional relationship between breastfeeding and mental health

The project used a mixed-methods design (Hanson et al, 2005) to make use of the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative approaches and ameliorate any potential disadvantages (Johnson et al,...

Validity and reliability of the Chinese version of the perceived insufficient milk questionnaire

The perceived insufficient milk questionnaire was designed to measure mothers' perception of breastmilk adequacy in terms of quality and quantity to satisfy their infants. The present study aimed to...

The importance of good nutrition during pregnancy: a comparison between the UK and Brazil

Both the UK and Brazil have sizeable populations that mean there is high demand for antenatal and maternal care. A comparison of maternal demographic data from Brazil and the UK is shown in Table 1..

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Migrant women and mental health

Migration can be influenced by political, demographic, socioeconomic and environmental factors that can result in physical and psychological stressors. This can increase migrant women's susceptibility...

Research in practice: a core skill

Learning through simulation is a widely used and effective pedagogy for clinical skills, encouraging students to think flexibly and develop competence, safe practice and understanding, closing the gap...

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