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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...

The politics of pay

In the world of politics, September 2014 was a fascinating month for the UK, not least because the people of Scotland voted in a referendum to determine their future identity as a nation Of great...

Research roundup—November 2014

Respectful care The World Health Organization has recently published a statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth (WHO, 2014) It embraces...

Three in a bed

Three days after my child was born, we were transferred to the baby unit. My child was poorly and I was uncertain what was going to happen. During that time, every cell in my body was telling me to...

Cast your votes now

In response to the Government's announcement in March that 60% of NHS staff will not get any pay rise this year and only those at the top of their bands will receive a 1% unconsolidated lump sum, the...

What can midwives learn from New Zealand?

I have had a long-term connection with New Zealand since the early 1990s when both England and New Zealand started to implement policies for woman-centred care and continuity of care. Our shared...

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