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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,...

Acts of violence: Virginity control and hymen (re)construction

The existing ideas about the hymen described as a breakable membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening lack scientific proof (Christianson and Eriksson, 2004;...

A user experience of supervisory support in the South East

My first birth resulted in an unplanned caesarean section and it is my opinion that the lack of appropriate supervisory support contributed to the outcome This article aims to outline how supervisory...

Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternity Encountered Deaths

The Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternity Encountered Deaths (CALMED) project aims to send vocational training teams (VTTs) to provide training for a group of ‘master trainers’ in two different...

An exploratory study into student midwives understanding of the role of the physiotherapist

The role of the obstetric physiotherapist is well defined, during the antenatal phase, they ‘aim to prevent or alleviate the physical and emotional stresses of pregnancy and labour’ Postnatally, they...

Birth complications more likely in assisted reproduction babies

Australia Australian researchers have found that birth complications are higher among babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies than those conceived naturally The risk of complications...

European Union law denies commissioning parents paid leave on the birth of their child

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that parents who have a child through a surrogacy arrangement are not entitled to paid leave equivalent to either maternity leave or adoption leave in the...

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