Claire Axcell

Third year student midwife, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Why Birth Trauma Matters

Why Birth Trauma Matters This is one...

Six months qualified

Each day at work, I introduce myself: ‘Hello, my name is Claire I'm one of the midwives and I'm going to be looking after you today’ This is something I say all the time; however, there is still a...

Mental health and the midwife

At the time of writing, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (29 April–3 May 2019) was being discussed and shared across social media and the press Statistics about how childbearing women are...

Sepsis

I palpate an oncoming contraction ‘Your bump feels really warm,’ I say to the woman I'm caring for, ‘do you feel OK?’ She replies, shrugging: ‘Yes, I feel fine’ All the observations were normal, the...

The value of a midwife

Recently, I read news of carbetocin, a heat-resistant oxytocic that could mostly be used in developing countries where refrigeration facilities are beset with issues (Matthews-King, 2018) Problems can...

The issue of consent

One memory of my former career as a police officer sticks with me: stood in a soft play with a college who gently touched the member of staff and explained, ‘if I touch you without your consent, then...

Continuity of carer

Over the Christmas period, standards for continuity of carer in maternity services were published by NHS England (2017), against a backdrop of reports of A&Es in crisis and routine operations being...

The balance of probabilities

During the summer between my second and third year, I explored the subject of fetal wellbeing, from how cardiotocography (CTG) training is delivered, to the legal implications of issues of...

Hyperemesis gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a condition characterised by extreme vomiting and nausea during pregnancy, and affects 03–36% of women (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2016) Its...

World Breastfeeding Week

As a student midwife, breastfeeding is something that we speak about often, from the booking appointment to postnatal appointments to support women who wish to breastfeed their babies In the UK, 80%...

Surviving second year studies

This midwifery course is one of the hardest things I have ever done I am certain that midwifery is my passion, but the course is difficult and has taken a lot out of me I am coming to the end of my...

We don't have to change the world

It was a midwife, nine months after the birth of my son, who lifted a weight off my shoulders that I wasn't even aware I'd been carrying She had come to my house to do a birth debrief with me, and was...

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