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Routine screening of women having caesarean section for MRSA: Ritual or rational?

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) is a growing problem throughout the world, and although originally associated with...

Attitudes to immunisation in pregnancy among women in the UK targeted by such programmes

The ability to safely and effectively vaccinate in pregnancy offers important protection to both pregnant women and their babies in utero and from birth against potentially serious infectious diseases...

A national online survey of UK maternity unit service provision for women with fear of birth

There is no agreed definition on what fear of birth (FoB) is, largely due to the differences in its diagnostic testing (Haines et al, 2011) However, Areskog (1982: 263) defined severe FoB in women who...

The development of midwifery education in Brunei Darussalam

The contemporary definition of a midwife is greatly influenced by international organisations In 1972, the International Confederation of Midwives' (ICM) definition of a midwife was formally accepted...

Are midwives ready for revalidation?

From April 2016 the only way midwives and nurses will be able to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be through a process called revalidation, the purpose of...

What do service users want and who cares?

The word midwife originates from Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid meaning ‘with’ and wife in the archaic sense of meaning ‘woman’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2015) The current...

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The case for a physiological approach

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The case for a physiological approach ...

Consent key to the use of stored gametes after the donor's death

A woman has failed in her bid to use her deceased daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild In R (on the application of IM) v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority [2015], the...

Midwifery in Wales

The Welsh Health agenda continues to provide challenges to midwives in the country In 2014, there was a fall in the birth rate of 06%: from 33 747 in 2013 to 33 544 (Office for National Statistics...

Stamping out inequality

New figures out last month reporting the small decline in the percentage of women smoking at the time of birth make for an encouraging read. The latest Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of...

Giving every baby an equal chance

This report of perinatal deaths demonstrates once again that social economic determinants of health must be taken into account if we are to give every baby an equal chance, not only to survive but...

Early intervention programmes for mental health from the NSPCC: Part 2

Early interventions for antenatal mental health difficulties Midwives have a critical role to play in not only identifying women with mental health difficulties but also in referring them on to...

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