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Research roundup—January 2015

Women's experiences of infant feeding This study conducted at two primary care Trusts in the North West of England aimed to explore women's experiences, opinions and perceptions of their infant...

Deaf Nest report

The report produced by the Deaf Nest Project highlights the contribution midwives can make to achieving quality maternity services for Deaf women and their families. It focuses on the barriers Deaf...

NICE and safe staffing: The fight for more midwife-led care

Midwifery is about providing high-quality compassionate care and comfort at one of the most important times in a woman's life However, factors outside an individual midwife's control can have a major...

Postnatal care, not vouchers, will increase breastfeeding rates

It is well known that in the UK, despite initial breastfeeding rates being relatively high, maintining these rates are a problem; the amount of women continuing to exclusively breastfeed past 6 weeks...

The changing climate of legal and ethical issues in maternity services

A number of recent cases have highlighted the need for midwives to have an increased knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical issues and how to apply these in practice. One of these, the case...

Midwifery revalidation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are overhauling their fitness to practise systems and revalidation is the new process by which midwives will demonstrate, on a 3 yearly cycle, that they remain...

Helping women prepare for hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting affects around 80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser degree making it the most common medical condition in pregnancy (Gadsby and Barnie-Adshead, 2011) Around 30% of women...

Exploring the ‘good’ birth: What is it and why does it matter?

A core assumption of this article is that there is a need to investigate the relationship between a woman's experience of childbirth and her experience of motherhood Another assumption is that those...

A modified early obstetric warning system

For the majority of women childbearing is a normal life event Physiological adaptations usually ensure a woman has a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery However, the increased...

Family Nurse Partnership: Meeting the needs of teenage mothers

While it is acknowledged that not all teenage pregnancies are unplanned or result in a substandard or negative life-course for mother and/or child (Duncan et al, 2010), there is a substantial body of...

Engaging critically with the concept of advancing professional practice

In recent years, the role of the midwife has been expanded beyond what was traditionally seen as its core responsibilities This has been in response to a number of service demands and the changing...

An audit into supervisors of midwives experience of supervision

An audit was undertaken to explore supervisors of midwives' (SoMs') experience of supervision across a local supervising authority (LSA) Supervision forms part of the professional regulation for...

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