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Born before arrival: Supervision in action

Incident reporting at Birmingham Women's Foundation NHS Trust identified an increase in the numbers of babies born before the arrival (or attendance) (BBA) of a midwife in both an unplanned or planned...

What is social media?

Social media platforms are continuing to grow in popularity, with Facebook having over 31 million users in the UK; Twitter 15 million, and LinkedIn 10 million (McRory, 2014)

Language matters

I have recently joined the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery and have been asked to review papers for possible inclusion in the journal. The journal receives a high number of...

Should alcohol abuse in pregnancy entail criminal liability?

A case being heard in the Court of Appeal has raised the vexed issue of whether a pregnant woman could be held criminally liable if her actions damage her unborn child. The case concerns a woman who,...

The Oxytocin Factor

Tapping the hormone of calm, love and healing This book is an unashamed sales pitch for the wonderful hormone that is oxytocin It seeks to enthuse the reader about this hidden gem that we all...

The evolution of the human placenta

The evolution of the human placenta This book has been dedicated to the obstetricians-gynaecologists who have collaborated with the authors over many years to improve scientific knowledge of...

90 seconds to change the world

At the moment a baby is born, about a third of its blood is outside of its body Physiological studies have shown that, of the total blood volume in the combined fetal–placental circulation at full...

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...

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BJM supports midwives by sharing expertise and advice to help you build confidence, grow professionally and improve care.

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