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Midwifery leaders and managers ‘batten down the hatches’

The economic climate in England over the next decade presents greater challenges than ever before for health and social care services. It is estimated that if the current model of health care...

IMUK back to the future

Faced with the fast approaching EU directive 2011/24/EU requiring all health professionals to have professional indemnity insurance, Independent Midwives UK (IMUK) took up the challenge to solve this...

Expanded newborn blood spot screening

From 5 January 2015, the NHS Newborn Blood Spot Screening Programme has been expanded to screen all newborn babies in England for the following rare, but potentially disabling conditions: maple syrup...

Placenta praevia: Diagnosis and management

Placental development begins upon implantation of the blastocyst into the maternal endometrium during the initial stages of human embryogenesis Implantation involves localisation to the most optimal...

Candida and breastfeeding

Candida albicans is the most common naturally occurring candida species found as a commensal on the mucosal tissue of mother and child It is also a pathogen that can cause fungal infections in both...

Midwives key to the winter illness fight

Winter is now upon us and as the heating is turned up, the cold and flu season begins. Over recent years, hospitals in England have coped with significant seasonal spikes in hospital admissions for...

Urinary catheterisation in labour

Care of the bladder in labour is essential to supporting the physiological process of labour A full bladder can often be palpated above the brim of the pelvis, may hinder descent of the presenting...

Reducing the incidence of incontinence

Many women develop problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, which often stem from the peripartum period Those at most risk include: women of an older maternal age, those with a high body...

Exploring health professionals’ and women's awareness of models of maternity care evidence

The organisation of maternity care is paramount in providing safe, cost effective and normalised care for women (Sandall et al, 2010) Maternity care can be delivered using different models

Student midwives’ knowledge of perinatal mental health

Psychiatric illness is a leading indirect cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the UK A confidential report on the causes of maternal death suggests that a significant number of women die...

Choice of place of birth: Is it really that simple?

On 3rd December 2014, the much awaited updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on intrapartum care were published (NICE, 2014). The guidelines focus on the care of healthy...

Turning the tide of childbirth: Are we still adrift?

The findings of the Birthplace Study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, 2011) should have resulted in a significant increase in the numbers of low-risk women giving birth either at home or in...

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