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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...

The importance of reflexivity in data collection methods for qualitative midwifery research

In the field of nursing and midwifery research, interviews serve as a commonly used and reliable method for data collection. Nevertheless, novice researchers may not fully grasp the complexities of...

A midwife's reflective writing in lactation and grief

On 24 April 2019, I gave birth to my second baby, Hugo, who was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia during early pregnancy. Despite our preparations, Hugo's condition was severe, and he...

Students stand at the door: exploring views on professionalism in midwifery spaces

A group of final year midwifery students participated in the conversation about professionalism. When some of the conversation was performed by one of the researchers, there was consensus that the...

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...

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