I'm only sweeping

The author has been following, with interest, the debates and discussions around the trend of increasing induction rates across the UK, influenced in part by the drive to reduce stillbirth, neonatal...

Raising awareness in a digital age

Kicks Count aims to reduce the UK's high stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby movements. Kicks Count started out in 2009 under the name Count the Kicks and changed to Kicks...

Identifying adverse childhood experiences in maternity services

The aim of the project was to introduce into maternity services a screening tool for women and their partners at booking, in order to identify adverse childhood exper iences (ACEs) and improve...

Induced abortions in Pakistan: an afflicting challenge needing addressal

Unsafe abortion is one of the major causes of maternal mortality that accounts for approximately 4.7%–13.2% maternal deaths every year (Say et al, 2014). In developing countries, every year, nearly...

Ethnic health inequalities in the UK's maternity services: a systematic literature review

Maternal and infant mortality and morbidity have progressively declined in the last decade throughout the world (Moller et al, 2019), and there have been many improvements in the quality of maternity...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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