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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...

Physiology-informed maternity care

Since 1960, the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) has campaigned to improve the UK's maternity services

Training on cultural competency for perinatal mental health peer supporters

A total of 10 peer supporters were trained, with nine women completing the evaluation form. This immediate feedback showed that the training was generally well received. The majority of participants...

Iranian women's birth experiences: a cross-sectional study

A total of 126 women were included in the study. The majority were 20—35 years old (90.4%) and the mean age was 27.17 ± 5.71 years. Most women were housewives (96.0%), had primary education (52.6%)...

The importance of the user voice in clinical decision making: a reflective account

When reflecting on the factors affecting the decision-making process, it is useful to consider decision-making theory. The dual processing theory suggests that thought process can be distinguished as...

A critical analysis of a tripartite clinical decision involving a student, midwife and client

Midwives often make clinical decisions with missing or ambiguous information, requiring skill and a degree of managed risk consideration (NHS, 2022) or trade off, as per Sherif et al's (1965) degrees...

Culture and breastfeeding support

Current global migratory movements are creating multicultural societies that demand culturally sensitive health professionals to care for women and families (Belintxon and López-Dicastillo, 2014). As...

Midwifery and plant-based diets

In a study of over 250 women (both pregnant and non-pregnant) based in Ireland, De Benedictus et al (2022) evaluated dietary intake and the bioavailability of zinc, finding that ‘58.14% of women and...

Postnatal PTSD: A guide for health professionals

The title is explicitly clear and by the end of the book you will know about postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a variety of angles

Supporting midwives in tough times

‘I cried a lot…It wasn't what I had planned for my life obviously, and COVID-19 had been exciting enough up until that point! Now I had cancer to deal with at the age of 43 [years].’ .

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...

To weigh or not to weigh in pregnancy: a retrospective study

The pre-intervention group (no routine weighing) included all women who attended the advanced midwife practitioner service for all antenatal care and gave birth in a particular maternity unit in...

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