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Supporting mothers with post-traumatic stress disorder

It is 40 years since post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received official recognition as a mental health condition in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...

Trusting women and birth despite the ‘risks’

There are different ideologies and models in maternity care, each with...

British Journal of Midwifery peer reviewers 2020

Every issue of the British Journal of Midwifery is dependent on an essential team of peer reviewers to bring our readers the very best midwifery research and clinical content. Peer reviewers play an...

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis viewed as a postpartum complication

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) is a rare type of stroke caused by a clot forming in one of the intracranial sinuses and subsequent blockage in blood drainage. Even though venous...

The time is right to introduce an independent commissioner

Dear editor, We welcome the opportunity to reply to the letter sent in response to our earlier article (Home et al, 2020) and we believe it is important to continue the debate about how to end the...

Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

Dear editor, We write in response to the article in the July 2020 edition of the British Journal of Midwifery: ‘A review of the law surrounding female genital mutilation protection orders’ (Home et...

Inequalities, safety culture and personalisation

The disparity in outcomes in maternity for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women giving birth in the UK has been recognised for some time (Nair et al, 2016; Knight et al, 2018; Mothers and...

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Midwives' recommendation of electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation strategy in pregnancy

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were first introduced in China in 2004 (Dockrell et al, 2013); however, their use has only become widespread in recent years (Bareham et al, 2016). An e-cigarette...

Teaching Compassionate Mind Training to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) aim to help people cultivate compassion for self and others. CFT was created to help people respond to self-criticism and shame...

Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2

There is a national ambition to provide women with the power and autonomy of choice; however, the development of the concept of New Professional Management is problematic for this ideal. Understanding...

Temporal trend of early pregnancy high body mass index in Australian women: risk factors and outcomes

High body mass index (BMI) is currently the world's most common health problem. From 1980–2015, the prevalence of higher than normal BMI has doubled worldwide and has increased continuously in most...

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Feminism, midwifery and the medicalisation of birth

Historically, childbirth was the domain of women only, for it was regarded as a female mystery, of which women alone had special knowledge and understanding. From the 1700s, with the rise of science...

The #FutureMidwife: promoting excellence as a colleague, scholar and leader

Midwives have always engaged in continuous professional development (CPD), as the ability to acquire knowledge and skills after completing a pre-registration midwifery course is key to professional...

Challenges currently faced in midwifery careers

For generations, the practice of midwifery has shown the world a way of personalised pregnancy and childbirth that is dedicated to the mother and her child. Midwives are dedicated to their practice,...

Is midwifery struggling to recruit young people?

The figures released in 2019 from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2019) suggest that numbers continue to grow against an ageing workforce and that NMC registrants are at an all time high....

The NMC Code and its application to the role of the midwife in antenatal care: a student perspective

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are experts in normal pregnancy and birth (Horton and Astudillo, 2014; NMC, 2015a). Antenatally, midwives care for women in pregnancy from conception to...

Why Erasmus matters

Students consider embarking on the Erasmus+ programme for a variety of reasons. While some students view it as an opportunity for an extended holiday, others embrace it is an experience to be immersed...

Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 1

Midwifery in the UK is underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC, 2018) ‘The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates’. ‘The...

COVID-19 and caesareans

In their recent systematic review of SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy, Akhtar et al (2020) considered 22 studies, which identified 156 pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 and 108 neonatal outcomes. The most common...

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A safe space for parents

The UK charity Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) started out under a different name. Support after Termination for Fetal Abnormality (SATFA) was founded in 1988 by a group of bereaved parents and...

Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’?

The World Health Organization (WHO, 2019a; 2019b) reported a 38% reduction in worldwide maternal mortality rate between 2000–2017 and a 50% reduction in the neonatal mortality rate between 1990–2018....

Active warming after caesarean section to prevent neonatal hypothermia: a systematic review

Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) has many benefits for the physical and emotional wellbeing of both newborns and their mothers (Boundy et al 2016; Moore et al, 2016;). Although SSC is a well-established...

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