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Involving fathers in maternity care

The recognition of the physicality of motherhood is obvious—the woman shows abdominal enlargement and ultimately gives birth to a baby. Fatherhood, however, is not at all like that: the changes that...

Turning assignments into articles

It is that time of year again when newly qualified midwives are starting their first posts and eager new student midwives are beginning their courses. These new beginnings have been on many people's...

Newly qualified midwives: Be confident and competent

As a lecturer I see lots of students start and complete courses of study, and it is nearing that time of year when another cohort of students are preparing to complete their midwifery programme and...

Midwives working for Médecins Sans Frontières

Tissi is a very small place in the very big country of Chad If you look Tissi up on google maps you won't find it However, it lies right down in the bottom East hand corner of Chad, approximately 7 km...

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...

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