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Experiences of newly qualified midwives working in clinical practice during their transition period

All NQMs taking up a post within the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust referred to in this study follow a rotational programme in various ward and department locations across the maternity service,...

The effect of COVID-19 on intrapartum care: a case review from early in the pandemic

A 36-year-old primigravida booked at 11 weeks for antenatal care. She was of East Asian ethnicity, with a BMI of 26. She had no significant past medical or surgical history, however, a first-degree...

Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

‘It takes a village to raise a baby.’ Those are the first words written in the foreword by Penny Simkin and they resound truth. During pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, numerous people are...

Taking action

The need for these services has grown since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Poor treatment of pregnant women at work is widespread: 77% experience some form of negative or...

How do power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services?

The research aim was to identify how power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services, and this was achieved by reviewing research papers concerned with personal narratives of staff...

Pregnancy in a pandemic: generalised anxiety disorder and health anxiety prevalence

Pregnancy is an occurrence which can be synonymous with anxieties and concerns (Rathbone and Prescott, 2019). Research suggests pregnant women are three times more likely to develop anxiety or an...

Association of abnormal fetal echocardiography with some obstetric records

This study was a retrospective study that was obtained by reading the information in the records of women referred for fetal echocardiography. After reviewing, we compared the records of women who had...

Changing the tide: influencing factors for midwives on vaginal breech birth skill acquisition

An exploratory qualitative design was chosen to articulate an understanding of the experiences of midwives influencing skill acquisition. An exploratory methodology was chosen to gain a better...

Pain and pleasure in the birthing room: understanding the phenomenon of orgasmic birth

Through his exploration of orgasmic states in episodes of human sexual life, obstetrician Michel Odent draws attention to the relationship between what he terms the ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ of hormones...

Personalised care in maternity

As set out in the ‘Better Births’ report in 2016, the vision for maternity services is for them to be safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and family friendly. The report details how giving...

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