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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...

What to expect when you're expecting? Representations of birth in British newspapers

Stories of childbirth make for engaging reading in newspapers, but to what effect on the future mothers who pick them up? Public scepticism over the values driving Britain's mass media has intensified...

Think pink! A sticker alert system for psychological distress or vulnerability during pregnancy

Effective empathic communication between midwives and women and their families is imperative to deliver good and effective clinical care Women who report good communication from their health...

Midwifery services in South Africa and the UK

Maternity services differ across the globe due to access to healthcare provision, political stability, education and population This comparative study will discuss HIV in pregnancy, and attitudes to,...

Research Roundup—August 2014

Open Dialogue Workshops September 2012 to March 2014, from Embedding Ambassadors in Community Health (EACH) Project East of England LGA Summary of key findings This report is the culmination of...

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