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Improving specialist services for FGM

‘Guidelines introduced by the [World Health Organization] recommend that all FGM survivors have access to deinfibulation, mental health support, sexual counselling, education and information’ .

Maternal sepsis

In a UK study, Bolger et al (2017) examined the impact of a maternal sepsis training package on maternity staff's compliance with their hospital trust's maternal sepsis guideline, as documented in...

The impact of rising neurodiversity awareness

In recent years, there has been greater recognition of neurodivergent conditions, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia, with up to 15% of the UK population...

Learning from bereaved parents

The Sands (2023) Listening Project directly asked Black and Asian bereaved parents about their experiences of maternity and neonatal care in the UK. Through interviews and focus groups, 56 Black or...

Family decision making for Madurese women with pregnancy complications: a qualitative study

This study used a qualitative phenomenological approach, which is used to investigate a particular event, in terms of what and how the experience was perceived, from the perspective of those who...

Autistic women's experiences of the antenatal, intrapartum and early postnatal periods

The PICO mnemonic (Stern et al, 2014) was used to identify key words and develop the research question: what can midwives in England learn from studies exploring the experiences of autistic women in...

Postpartum haemorrhage: latest developments in prediction, drug treatment and monitoring

It is commonly stated that postpartum haemorrhage is unpredictable, and so midwives and obstetricians always need to be prepared (Weeks and Neilson, 2015). While this is true to a certain extent, it...

The gender debate: is midwifery education ‘women's work’?

Senior management and leadership in the NHS in the UK have long been described as the ‘snowy white peaks of the NHS’ (Kline, 2014), acknowledging the race inequalities therein. Crucially, this is an...

Digitally enabled perinatal mental health programmes' role in contemporary maternity care

Families need prompt access to evidence-based treatment to improve outcomes. Adversity faced by infants who have a mentally unwell parent, although not universal, can create lifelong challenges, but...

Exploring experiences of maternity care

In February, the Care Quality Commission (2024) published its maternity survey results from 2023, which explored the experiences of women and pregnant people who had a live birth in early 2023. The...

Working with vulnerable women

Break the Silence is a charity based in Ayrshire, Scotland who have been providing support for people affected by childhood sexual trauma since 2004.


Neonatal outcomes following one previous caesarean section

A retrospective cohort design was used to compare data from women/pregnant people who elected for a vaginal birth after previous caesarean section to those opting for elective repeat caesarean...

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