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Peer support for women with hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) affects up to 80% of pregnant women in the first trimester (Goodwin, 1998) A recent systematic review has shown that normal pregnancy sickness may offer a...

Removing babies from mothers at birth: Midwives' experiences

Midwives provide a universal service, their knowledge and expertise in assessing and monitoring the health and wellbeing of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby means that they have an important role...

Parents' choice of non-supine sleep position for newborns: a cross-sectional study

The back to sleep (BTS) campaign was introduced to encourage the supine positioning of infants when sleeping (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 1992; NHS Choices, 2012) to reduce the risk of...

Reducing post-dates induction numbers with post-dates complementary therapy clinics

In 2012/2013, over 23% of pregnant women in England underwent induction of labour (IOL) (Birth Choice UK, 2013a) Across 11 trusts in Anglia in 2013, these rates ranged from 18 to 29% (Birth Choice...

Public health and wellbeing: A matter for the midwife?

Public health is an important part of the midwife's role Naidoo and Wills (2000: 181) define public health as: A concern for the health of the whole population A concern for the...

An exploration of the benefits and drawbacks of intrapartum pain management strategies

‘Labour pain is not associated with pathology but with the most basic and fundamental of life's experiences’ (Lowe, 2002: 16) An integral part of the labour process, pain poses challenges to both...

The imperative of implementing delayed cord clamping to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes

The third stage of labour begins at the time the newborn is delivered and continues until the placenta and membranes are expelled Immediately after birth, the newborn remains attached to the mother...

Fairy tale midwifery—fact or fiction: The lived experiences of newly qualified midwives

Newly qualified midwives are expected to function as autonomous practitioners (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2004) from their date of registration, yet it was apparent locally that there was...

When IVF fails: Feminism, infertility and the negotiation of normality

The book ‘When IVF Fails: feminism, infertility and the negotiation of normality’ is a long overdue and absolutely vital piece of writing Karen Throsby has drawn on her background in sociology to...

The Midwife's Tale: An oral history from handywoman to professional midwife

The Midwife's Tale was a joy to read and provided an insight into the rich history of midwifery that I was unfamiliar with This book would be a delightful addition to the collection of any midwife,...

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...

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