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The impact of rising neurodiversity awareness

In recent years, there has been greater recognition of neurodivergent conditions, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia, with up to 15% of the UK population...

Learning from bereaved parents

The Sands (2023) Listening Project directly asked Black and Asian bereaved...

Family decision making for Madurese women with pregnancy complications: a qualitative study

This study used a qualitative phenomenological approach, which is used to investigate a particular event, in terms of what and how the experience was perceived, from the perspective of those who...

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...

Postpartum haemorrhage: latest developments in prediction, drug treatment and monitoring

It is commonly stated that postpartum haemorrhage is unpredictable, and so midwives and obstetricians always need to be prepared (Weeks and Neilson, 2015). While this is true to a certain extent, it...

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

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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...

The impact of rising neurodiversity awareness

In recent years, there has been greater recognition of neurodivergent conditions, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia, with up to 15% of the UK population...

Learning from bereaved parents

The Sands (2023) Listening Project directly asked Black and Asian bereaved parents about their experiences of maternity and neonatal care in the UK. Through interviews and focus groups, 56 Black or...

Family decision making for Madurese women with pregnancy complications: a qualitative study

This study used a qualitative phenomenological approach, which is used to investigate a particular event, in terms of what and how the experience was perceived, from the perspective of those who...

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...

Second UK conviction for FGM

A similar case took place several years ago. The name and some details have been changed to ensure anonymity. A pregnant woman (given the pseudonym Marion) attended a specialist FGM clinic. Marion...

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

According to Russell (2012), before the 1830s, the name most generally used for morning sickness was descriptive: ‘nausea and vomiting of pregnancy’, or ‘pregnancy vomiting’. By 1856, the new phrase...

Exciting announcements for the coming months

At the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM), we are committed to providing our readers with up-to-date research, clinical reviews and professional articles that allow our audience to stay on top of...

The influence of ethnicity on assessments and academic progression in a midwifery degree

A retrospective cohort observation study was carried out at a UK university in the south of England. The sample included all students who entered the BSc (Hons) 3-year midwifery programme between 2014...

Postpartum depression: combining a mobile application with recititations from the Holy Quran in Indonesia

A randomised controlled trial using a pre-post-test time series was conducted between June and December 2020 in four working areas of the Banyumas District Public Health Centre, Central Java Province,...

Pregnant women's perceptions of daily iron supplementation in rural Ghana

The study used a descriptive qualitative design with an interpretative approach to examine pregnant women's beliefs related to daily intake of iron supplements. This design allowed the investigators...

Perinatal outcomes in persistent occiput posterior fetal position: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Meta-analysis is a quantitative, formal, epidemiological study design used to systematically assess the results of previous research to derive conclusions about that body of research (Haidich, 2010)....

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Risk assessments and ethnicity in maternity care: looking through the wrong end of the telescope?

The Caucasian (male) body as the norm has long been noted by Black feminists (Hull et al, 1982; Crenshaw, 1988; 1991; Gishen and Lokugamage, 2019), and even the human genome project is replicating...

Student midwives' experiences of clinical placement and the decision to enter the professional register

Phenomenology is the study of lived experiences of human beings (Smith et al, 2009) and an interpretative phenomenological approach was chosen for this study to understand how student midwives...

Midwifery higher education: who are we and who do we teach?

In March 2023, the professional body for midwives, the RCM (2023), sent freedom of information requests to the 55 UK universities providing midwifery education at the time, to gather data for the...

Family economic resilience and early childhood parenting practices

Family plays an important role in child care, which influences the success of the nation's plan to realise a ‘golden Indonesia’. This concept prioritises family development to encourage creation of a...

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