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Smoking during pregnancy: latest data

Smoking during pregnancy can have significant consequences for mother and baby, and increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and preterm birth (National Childbirth Trust, 2018; NHS, 2019). The...

Support for antenatal screening

‘The support I received was outstanding…I would have really struggled without...

Bouncing your way to labour and birth using biomechanics and fetal optimal positioning

A retrospective review of all pregnancy records at the advanced midwife practitioner service was undertaken. The pre-intervention group (labour hopscotch) included all women who attended the service...

Qualitative service evaluation of a rural midwife-led ultrasound service: listening to women

A qualitative service evaluation was used to explore patient experience in a health board in Wales, using a deductive approach. This approach was chosen to assess if the ultrasound service is...

Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding among Chinese mothers in the first 6 months

A prospective study design was used to explore exclusive breastfeeding duration in the first 6 months postpartum in China. The study was carried out at a tertiary hospital in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province...

The role of egg consumption in the first 1001 days of life: a narrative review

For this narrative review, PubMed was searched to identify key articles published between 2019 and 2024 investigating egg consumption during pregnancy, breastfeeding and/or infancy. The following...

Using a novel approach to explore women's caesarean birth experience

Phenomenology can describe how an event, such as birth, is understood in the landscape of surrounding experiences and overall context (Dodgson, 2023). The subjective and contextual approach suits...

Digitally enabled perinatal mental health programmes: a Scottish perspective

In Scotland, the ‘Matrix’ (NHS Education for Scotland, 2024) was formally launched on a new digital platform on 1 November 2023. It is designed to support evidence-based practice for the delivery of...

Improving specialist services for FGM

‘Guidelines introduced by the [World Health Organization] recommend that all FGM survivors have access to deinfibulation, mental health support, sexual counselling, education and information’ .

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Neonatal outcomes following one previous caesarean section

A retrospective cohort design was used to compare data from women/pregnant people who elected for a vaginal birth after previous caesarean section to those opting for elective repeat caesarean...

Smoking during pregnancy: latest data

Smoking during pregnancy can have significant consequences for mother and baby, and increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and preterm birth (National Childbirth Trust, 2018; NHS, 2019). The...

Support for antenatal screening

‘The support I received was outstanding…I would have really struggled without it. Even recently, I have been in touch about a new pregnancy. I would advise anyone who has received bad news during a...

Bouncing your way to labour and birth using biomechanics and fetal optimal positioning

A retrospective review of all pregnancy records at the advanced midwife practitioner service was undertaken. The pre-intervention group (labour hopscotch) included all women who attended the service...

Autistic women's experiences of the antenatal, intrapartum and early postnatal periods

The PICO mnemonic (Stern et al, 2014) was used to identify key words and develop the research question: what can midwives in England learn from studies exploring the experiences of autistic women in...

The gender debate: is midwifery education ‘women's work’?

Senior management and leadership in the NHS in the UK have long been described as the ‘snowy white peaks of the NHS’ (Kline, 2014), acknowledging the race inequalities therein. Crucially, this is an...

Digitally enabled perinatal mental health programmes' role in contemporary maternity care

Families need prompt access to evidence-based treatment to improve outcomes. Adversity faced by infants who have a mentally unwell parent, although not universal, can create lifelong challenges, but...

Exploring experiences of maternity care

In February, the Care Quality Commission (2024) published its maternity survey results from 2023, which explored the experiences of women and pregnant people who had a live birth in early 2023. The...

Working with vulnerable women

Break the Silence is a charity based in Ayrshire, Scotland who have been providing support for people affected by childhood sexual trauma since 2004.

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Neonatal outcomes following one previous caesarean section

A retrospective cohort design was used to compare data from women/pregnant people who elected for a vaginal birth after previous caesarean section to those opting for elective repeat caesarean...

Maternal and neonatal factors associated with neonatal jaundice in Jordan: a case-control study

A hospital-based unmatched case-control study design was used. A case-control design has many benefits, including that less time is required to conduct the study than is needed for a cohort study;...

Increased rates of perinatal mental illness following COVID-19: the call for sufficient midwifery provision

There is debate surrounding the definition of mental health. To explore this, the concept of ‘health’ must first be considered. The World Health Organization (WHO, 1948) defined a healthy individual...

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Simulation in midwifery: the role of motivation in designing an undergraduate experience

There is good evidence for simulated learning in respect to students' learning gain, satisfaction and overall self-confidence (Marion-Martins and Pinho, 2020; Mulyadi et al, 2020; Chua et al, 2021;...

De-stigmatising HIV in pregnancy

Victoria Roscow, age 30 years old, is a Manchester-based marketing manager and a woman living with HIV.

Through the looking glass

‘When I stand at her grave now looking at her name, it is as though nothing occurred between the early form-filling and endless medical reports and her premature death. Hers was a life in paper. I...

Exciting announcements for the coming months

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