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Suzannah Allkins

Acting Editor

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...

‘Looking forward’ to the new year

In our first issue of the new year, the British Journal of Midwifery has several articles discussing topics related to midwifery education, including research on midwifery students' experiences of...

Reflecting on 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, I find myself looking back over the past year, and considering the wide range of research studies, professional articles and clinical pieces that the British Journal of...

Reports highlight inequalities in care

The last month has seen two key reports for midwifery and maternity services published: the Care Quality Commission's (CQC, 2023) state of care report, and MBRRACE-UK's (2023) final report on saving...

Perinatal mental health support in the UK

One in five women reportedly experience mental health issues during pregnancy or up to 1 year after giving birth (Royal College of Midwives (RCM), 2023a). Research in the UK shows that overall, mental...

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Artificial intelligence has been increasingly talked about in recent months, particularly in relation to the release of ChatGPT, a model for conversational interaction made available for public use in...

The important impact of social media

Social media is increasingly being investigated by researchers, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic, where digital communication became even more prevalent. A review published in our April...

The ups and downs of midwifery in the UK

Disparities in maternity care persist for ethnic minorities and those living in deprived areas, as illustrated by data released ahead of the Mothers and Babies Reducing Risk through Audits and...

International Day of the Midwife: coming together

The International Day of the Midwife was established by the ICM in 1992 and is observed by more than 50 nations around the world. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the ICM, and ICM (2023a)...

The BJM conference brings midwives together

This week, I attended the British Journal of Midwifery's annual conference, which was held in person for the first time since I became editor of the journal. It was an educational and interesting day,...

Supporting maternity workers with menopause

As part of my office’s Gender Equality Network, I have recently been involved in several discussions about menopause and workplace policies. As this is a phenomenon that I believe I will not go...

Equality in the workplace for midwives

There is, quite rightly, an emphasis in midwifery research on equality and inclusion when providing maternity care. The most recent Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential...

Welcome to 2023

In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings, I would also like to welcome our newest board member to post. Ellen Kitson-Reynolds joins us as the director of programmes in nursing and midwifery,...

Looking back and moving forward

The latest report from Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (2022) has been released, giving a striking insight into midwifery and maternity care...

Preventing needless deaths in maternity care

It is hard to imagine how devastating it must be to lose a child. It must be especially difficult to learn that a baby's death could have been prevented. However, according to the findings of the...

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