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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...

Book review

This book has been written for a lay audience by Denyse Kirkby, a midwifery lecturer and public health practitioner. The book is intended as a ‘guide for mums-to-be looking for straight-up,...

Composite indicators

Composite indicators are seen as an objective and efficient method of measuring performance in the NHS In this month's column, I will examine both the strengths and the potential pitfalls of this...

Nursing and midwifery at the crossroads—new challenges, new successes

Experiences of midwifery students in rendering the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme in the Western Cape, South Africa

Should wheelchairs be given priority over prams and pushchairs on public transport?

Two recent County Court cases have resulted in conflicting judgments over whether bus companies should give priority to wheelchair users over mothers with prams and pushchairs

Individualised care in midwifery

One of the most important decisions to be made about birth is choice of caregiver. The key to making the right choice is having a dedicated midwife who has trusts that your body knows how to labour....

Is there such thing as safe drug use in pregnancy?

From nausea and sickness to depression, it is universally acknowledged that pregnant women get ill. However, drug taking in pregnancy is a contentious issue and most midwives and doctors steer clear...

Education, education, education

It has been almost 3 years since the publication and launch of the MINT project (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2010) and two things have brought this back to the forefront of my mind. The...

Healthcare system reform and professional identity

Recently I have been reflecting on my experiences as an independent midwife from 2000 to 2001 and as part of a group practice between 2001 and 2003 While at times challenging and emotionally...

Discourse on dystocia: A much needed professional dialogue

When I first read the recent article in the May issue of BJM on ‘Managing shoulder dystocia: understanding and applying the RCOG guidance’ (Jenkins, 2014), I was immediately engaged and interested in...

Should midwives measure blood loss in the fourth stage of labour?

The fourth stage of labour is defined in some research as the first 1 to 2 hours following delivery of the placenta (Kashanian et al, 2010; Gungorduk et al, 2011) However, in undertaking a literature...

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