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Improving the culture of care

The last decade has shown that a significant proportion of absence due to ill...

Breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome

‘A lot of times we kept being told it would be difficult, which doesn't help mentally-when breastfeeding isn't always easy regardless!’ .

A clinical update on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome during pregnancy, birth and beyond

For those with hEDS/HSD, pregnancy is generally well tolerated (Karthikeyan and Venkat-Raman, 2018; Volkov et al, 2018). Yet, in terms of getting pregnant, lower rates of fertility have been reported...

Lack of evidence-based maternal care practices in a governmental hospital in the middle region of Jordan

It is worth mentioning that this study is the first part of a large project about application of evidence-based practices in maternal care in Jordanian governmental hospitals. The second part of the...

Effect of obstacles/tips card on breastfeeding drop-off

The card was designed with three goals in mind: maximising relevance to mothers; deliver ing state-of-the-art, evidence-based guidance; and communicating in user-friendly terms. To maximise relevance...

Experiences of maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the North of England

To ensure relevance across stakeholders, a service improvement survey was co-produced by two NHS Trusts, three local MVPs, three local authorities (LAs) and four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)....

Experiences of newly qualified midwives working in clinical practice during their transition period

All NQMs taking up a post within the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust referred to in this study follow a rotational programme in various ward and department locations across the maternity service,...

The effect of COVID-19 on intrapartum care: a case review from early in the pandemic

A 36-year-old primigravida booked at 11 weeks for antenatal care. She was of East Asian ethnicity, with a BMI of 26. She had no significant past medical or surgical history, however, a first-degree...

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Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

‘It takes a village to raise a baby.’ Those are the first words written in the foreword by Penny Simkin and they resound truth. During pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, numerous people are...

Taking action

The need for these services has grown since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Poor treatment of pregnant women at work is widespread: 77% experience some form of negative or...

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How do power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services?

The research aim was to identify how power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services, and this was achieved by reviewing research papers concerned with personal narratives of staff...

Association of abnormal fetal echocardiography with some obstetric records

This study was a retrospective study that was obtained by reading the information in the records of women referred for fetal echocardiography. After reviewing, we compared the records of women who had...

Changing the tide: influencing factors for midwives on vaginal breech birth skill acquisition

An exploratory qualitative design was chosen to articulate an understanding of the experiences of midwives influencing skill acquisition. An exploratory methodology was chosen to gain a better...

Pain and pleasure in the birthing room: understanding the phenomenon of orgasmic birth

Through his exploration of orgasmic states in episodes of human sexual life, obstetrician Michel Odent draws attention to the relationship between what he terms the ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ of hormones...

Personalised care in maternity

As set out in the ‘Better Births’ report in 2016, the vision for maternity services is for them to be safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and family friendly. The report details how giving...

It's okay to not be okay

If we can't take care of ourselves, how can we provide high quality care for our patients? .

Book review

From the moment I started reading ‘Daddy and the Two Bears’ by Gary Anderson, I knew it was going to be emotional. The first couple of pages start with Anderson and his wife Michelle's story from the...

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Use of ultrasound in the antenatal space

Obstetrician Ian Donald from Glasgow is credited to have designed and used the first practical ultrasound machine in clinical practice in 1958 (Campbell, 2013) (Figure 1). Since then, rapid progress...

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