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Research roundup: September 2014

UK Managing breastfeeding expectations and outcomes among expectant mothers Women who intend to breastfeed their babies but are subsequently unable to do so have higher rates of postpartum...

The culture of midwifery and autonomy

In previous columns this year I explored the impact of recent NHS reforms and health policy on UK midwives and maternity services I suggested that these reforms might be of interest and significance...

Expert witnesses under criticism

The UK legal system is adversarial, and profound disagreements are bound to arise when opposing sides present or contest evidence However, there are well-established procedural rules and conventions...

Good enough is just perfect

Becoming a mother is a huge milestone...

End FGM from the ground up

On 22 July, the Government and UNICEF, held the first Girl Summit aimed at mobilising efforts at home and abroad to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM)...

Supply and demand of the consultant midwife

Over the past few decades advanced practitioner posts have emerged in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. In the UK, consultant nurse and midwife posts were first introduced...

Good hygiene can save babies' lives

In June, newly-formed charity CMV Action held its inaugural awareness month Although charity awareness months are commonplace these days, cytomegalovirus (CMV) definitely needs its profile raising...

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: An ‘alternative’ approach to care

It is thought that as many as 85% of expectant mothers experience nausea, vomiting and associated symptoms such as heartburn (Cardwell, 2012; Pasha et al, 2012; Festin, 2014) The causative factors are...

The role of the midwife in breastfeeding: Dichotomies and dissonance

The role of the midwife in breastfeeding is extensive and includes relaying knowledge about the subject, promoting, encouraging and supporting breastfeeding mothers, complying with policies and...

Hypothermia in the newborn: An exploration of its cause, effect and prevention

Hypothermia is considered to be a major contributing factor to neonatal morbidity and, in extreme cases, mortality (Kumar et al, 2009) Newborns are at risk of hypothermia irrespective of their...

The role of antenatal and postnatal social support for pregnant women with a body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2

Pregnancy is a key time point in a woman's life where behavioural changes can be made (Phelan, 2010) As a result, researchers have started to explore the best way for health professionals to provide...

Midwifery care in the UK for older mothers

In many countries, including the UK, a large proportion of care for women during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period is provided by practising midwives (International Confederation of Midwives...

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