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Changing attitudes to mental illness

The mental health profile has been raised in recent months, and about time. In 2010/11 over 1.25 million adults accessed NHS services for severe or enduring mental health problems (Health and Social...

Professional indemnity insurance—the making or breaking of midwifery

The issue of professional indemnity insurance (PII) as a condition for practice has been hotly debated over the years Although some professions required its registrants to have indemnity insurance,...

Nicotine and e-cigarette use during pregnancy

Smoking cigarettes throughout pregnancy is one of the single most important avoidable causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, resulting in severe short- and long-term negative effects for the mother and...

Ebola in pregnancy

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Africa, ‘a public health emergency of international concern’ (Kennedy, 2014)...

Is the evidence on waterbirth watertight?

Waterbirth has been recognised as a clinically effective means to reduce the intensity of pain during normal physiological labour and increase women's satisfaction with their birth experiences...

Recurrent and persistent thrush in pregnancy

One of the most common causes of yeast infections in the vulvovaginal area is Candida albicans (Holland et al, 2003; Sobel et al, 2013) During their childbearing years, 75% of women will experience at...

Women's experiences of body image and baby feeding choices: Dealing with the pressure to be slender

Women's bodies undergo many physical changes during pregnancy that may take them further away from their ideal body shape (Grogan, 2008), and some of these changes will carry over into the postpartum...

Mobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services

Communication skills are fundamental to midwifery (Nicholls and Webb, 2006; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2009) Communication errors occur when the message becomes distorted; this can be due to...

Welcome to my café: Facilitating a domestic abuse workshop for midwives

The World Café was developed in the mid-1990s as an innovative approach to collaborative thinking (Brown, 2001; Brown and Isaacs, 2005; Schieffer et al, 2004) Brown and Isaacs (2005) describe the...

International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

The International Marcé Society Scientific biennial conference was hosted this year by the University of Swansea from 10–12 September The Marcé Society was formed in 1980 and is focused on the mental...

Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology Annual Conference

The 34th Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) Conference took place on the 16–17 September and was hosted by the University Malta SRIP is an international organisation, which focuses...

Deprivation of liberty in midwifery—taking a case to court

Last month's legal column discussed how the acid test for determining a deprivation of liberty applied to the care of women who lack decision-making capacity (Griffith, 2014) As a general rule, where...

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