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Tales of two midwives: medical conditions of pregnancy that changed our midwifery practice

The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that midwifery around the world is currently set against an ever-present backdrop of disease Although pregnancy and childbirth are most often a healthy and normal...

Supporting vegans through pregnancy and lactation

The number of British people who identify as vegan has quadrupled in the last five years (The Vegan Society, 2019) Indications are that nearly half of the vegans in the UK made the change in 2018...

A service evaluation of a specialist migrant maternity service from the user's perspective

Migrant women experience poorer maternal and perinatal outcomes compared to settled residents in their host country, including 10 times higher mortality This is driven by language barriers, lack of...

Maternal and neonatal outcomes for the gentle caesarean section in breech presentation

The gentle caesarean section (GCS) is a woman-centred technique described by Smith et al (2008) as an improvement for the conventional caesarean section (c-section) The GCS aims to optimise several...

Midwives' role in screening for antenatal depression and postnatal depression

Part of the midwives' role is to be vigilant towards detecting mental health problems that childbearing women may already have or develop Perinatal depression disorders (PDD) and antenatal depression...

Continuity and consultation

Having been an independent midwife for several years of my midwifery career, I, for one, did not have to be convinced of the benefits of Continuity of Carer (CoC) for both mother and midwife The...

Conceivinghood: a woman's journey to motherhood

While we talk openly about motherhood and parenthood, very little is discussed about conceivinghood, the life phase of trying to conceive Women's experience of trying to conceive can vary greatly and...

Virtual antenatal clinics

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in immense system pressures for maternity departments across the UK Pregnant women were quickly recognised as a high-risk group who should be shielding (NHS UK,...

Remember how far we have come

With the COVID-19 pandemic slowly becoming the norm and the worldwide chaos of the last few months starting to settle, I thought I would take the chance to say the two words that have been said to us...

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...

What does COVID-19 mean for new mothers in prison?

In September 2019, a baby died when a mother gave birth overnight in her prison cell-alone Multiple investigations were launched and coverage of the tragedy revealed a raft of other deeply concerning...

Acceptability of newborn pulse oximetry screening

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the general medical term for heart defects that are present from birth CHD accounts for up to 10% of neonatal deaths and up to 40% of all infant deaths when left...

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