Opioid prescription increase in pregnancy

US The number of pregnant women being prescribed opioids for pain relief has been steadily rising Now more than 14% of women in the US are taking this kind of medication during pregnancy This has...

Never mind the World Cup—Brazil in the obstetric spotlight

With a shrinking world and a mobile healthcare workforce, it is important for midwives to be aware of what happens elsewhere. In June 2014, the International Congress of Midwives (ICM) holds its 30th...

Can I wear my heart on my sleeve?

I had anticipated that I would cry when I witnessed my first birth. But I did not, my reaction was rather reserved. In fact, I felt more emotional watching ‘One born every minute’.

Communication is a two-way street

It is well known that effective communication encompasses both verbal and non-verbal methods. Hurst-Brown and Keens (1990) identified eight areas that are required in order to be able to successfully...

Midwifery past and present

When I was asked to write this column I immediately agreed without giving a thought to what I would write about that would interest you the readers.

Politics: A matter for midwives?

Mention the word politics in ordinary conversation and many people begin to glaze over Such disengagement seems increasingly common, and is often attributed to a disillusioned electorate Maybe the...

New healthcare regulations: The implications for midwives

On 2 April 2014 the Law Commission published its report on the future regulation of health and social care professionals The report has been 3 years in the making and includes a 200-page draft Bill

‘Let me get the anaesthetist’

Epidural analgesia is a resource which can be extremely beneficial to women in labour and approximately 20% of women in the UK will use this method for pain relief (Department of Health (DH), 2005) An...

Managing shoulder dystocia: Understanding and applying RCOG guidance

Shoulder dystocia is a relatively common phenomenon that most midwives will encounter as they care for women in labour Evidence suggests that the incidence rate varies between 058 and 07% (Royal...

Re-engaging with vaginal breech birth: A philosophical discussion

In November 2012, over 200 birth professionals including midwives, obstetricians, alternative therapists and birth supporters gathered together in Washington, USA for the third International Breech...

Termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality

Antenatal testing for fetal abnormalities allows parents and their health care team to plan appropriately for the pregnancy, birth and beyond, or consider the option of termination While some...

Is an i-gel® supraglottic airway useful for airway rescue in the community?

In the UK, midwives working both in the community and the hospitals are taught a standardised approach to newborn resuscitation on the Newborn Life Support (NLS) Course (Richmond, 2011) Unfortunately,...

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