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Landmark FGM case: Doctors found not guilty

A landmark criminal case in London in which two doctors were prosecuted for performing and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) has resulted in the speedy acquittal of both Dr Dharmasena was...

Concrete midwifery

Following the devastation of the Second World War, the birth rate in Poland rose at a rapid rate. Between 1946 and 1995, the Polish population increased by 63% (Główny Urząd Statystyczny, 2012). This...

Delayed cord clamping in the compromised baby

When a baby is born it begins its adaption to extra-uterine life Delayed cord clamping is a normal part of gentle transition (Mercer and Erikson-Owens, 2010) and has been widely advocated as a means...

Mind matters: Developing skills and knowledge in postnatal depression

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is the highest cause of disease burden in women (Dennis and Dowswell, 2013) Postnatal depression has been defined by Diagnostic...

Barriers preventing Australian midwives from providing antenatal asthma management

Asthma is one of the most common potentially serious conditions that complicates pregnancy, with approximately 3–14% of pregnant women affected by asthma worldwide; 127% of pregnant women in Australia...

Alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its implications for breastfeeding

Lifestyle choices before and during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of both a woman and her unborn child (O'Keeffe et al, 2013) Women are often advised by health...

Maternal attitudes towards participation in a mother–baby research study

Research involving young infants is essential to derive investigational and therapeutic innovations to benefit this group However, there is often a reluctance on the part of health professionals to...

Is Facebook an appropriate platform for professional discourse?

‘Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the...

Pushchairs can occupy wheelchair spaces on buses

The Court of Appeal has recently issued its judgment in Paulley v First Group PLC [2014] where a bus company was ordered to pay compensation to a wheelchair user who was unable to board a bus because...

Research roundup—February 2015

Association found between medical co-morbities and maternal deaths Medical co-morbidities, when women have one or more medical conditions, are found to be an important factor associated with direct...

Is it the carrot or the stick?

In Greek mythology, mentor was the wise and faithful advisor to Odysseus. Today the term ‘mentor’ is generally used to describe a friend, role model, an able advisor and a person who provides support...

The end of supervision as we know it?

In December 2013, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO, 2013), raised concerns about the public protection allowed by midwifery supervision following failures at the Morecombe Bay NHS...

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