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Food Standards Agency proposes ban on placenta products

The Food Standards Agency has announced that in their view, having consulted their European counterparts, placenta is a novel food If confirmed, placenta's classification as novel food will...

Facilitating change on the front line

‘The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do’ (Siltanen, 2011). Witnessing human nature at its very best can inspire and uplift you. It rivets your...

Positive steps in public health

It isn't often that there is so much good news in the press surrounding midwifery. On 19 June the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC, 2014) released new figures showing the prevalence of...

Midwives of the world at the ICM

Even while I was waiting for the bus to take me to the airport to fly home after the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 40th Triennial Congress in Prague (June 2014), the conversations...

A midwifery-led care pathway for women requesting caesarean sections

The caesarean section (CS) rate in the UK has increased substantially in the last 20 years from 13% in 1992 to 255% in 2012/13 (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2004; Health...

How prepared are UK midwives for their role in child protection?

Safeguarding and child protection are everyone's responsibility (Fraser and Nolan 2004) During pregnancy, it is primarily the responsibility of the midwife and other professionals who may be providing...

Midwives' job satisfaction and its main determinants: A survey of midwifery practice in Greece

Job satisfaction has been defined as the way people feel about their work and the different aspects of their jobs, and is the extent to which people like or dislike their jobs (Spector, 1997) It has...

Internet use in pregnancy

There was a time when pregnant women allowed the midwife, unquestioningly, to provide their care The midwife was regarded as the respected authority in the field of normal childbirth and her decisions...

Exploring same sex couples' experiences of maternity care

Attitudes towards homosexuality have transformed considerably in the last 20 years As recently as 1990, homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization (WHO) list of diseases, whilst...

The social media revolution

Since the introduction of social media, there has been much discussion about its use in professional practice Within many of the health professions this discussion has been directed towards the...

Bridging the void with supervision: A collaboration between supervision, education and clinical practice

Although statutory supervision has been embedded in the midwifery profession for over 100 years, midwives' knowledge of statutory supervision and the role of the supervisor of midwives (SoM) is...

Caring for a woman with autism in early labour

I have chosen to focus this reflection on a woman who had been diagnosed at a young age with autism Ann* was a 19 year old primigravida who was admitted to the antenatal ward in the latent phase of...

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