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Kate Nash

Senior lecturer (midwifery), University of West London

Critical thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to engage in purposeful self-regulatory thinking and provides the impetus for knowledge development and clinical judgment (Facione and Facione, 2008; Abrami et al,...

Quality improvement in action

Stakeholder analysis and engagement undertaken at the start and throughout improvement is the cement within the building bricks of any quality improvement project. It provides a way of identifying,...

Improving the culture of care

The last decade has shown that a significant proportion of absence due to ill health within the NHS is stress-related. While reports of stress and burnout in midwifery are not new (Sandall, 1997; Ball...

Provision of supportive care

The increased pace and involuntary nature of labour physiology renders it a period of maximum stress for both the fetus and the mother, particularly within the second stage of labour (McDonnell and...

Physiology's role in labour assessment

This article considers the importance of observing the physiological and behavioural cues exhibited by women during advanced labour to facilitate labour assessment In-depth knowledge of labour...

Is it time for a more holistic assessment of labour progress?

This article considers the assessment of labour progress and questions the generalised acceptance of undertaking routine vaginal examinations during the care provision of women experiencing low-risk...

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