A safe space for parents

The UK charity Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) started out under a different name. Support after Termination for Fetal Abnormality (SATFA) was founded in 1988 by a group of bereaved parents and...

Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’?

The World Health Organization (WHO, 2019a; 2019b) reported a 38% reduction in worldwide maternal mortality rate between 2000–2017 and a 50% reduction in the neonatal mortality rate between 1990–2018....

Active warming after caesarean section to prevent neonatal hypothermia: a systematic review

Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) has many benefits for the physical and emotional wellbeing of both newborns and their mothers (Boundy et al 2016; Moore et al, 2016;). Although SSC is a well-established...

Public consultation on postnatal care guidelines

As I take on the role as editor of the British Journal of Midwifery during Alexandra's maternity leave, clear and effective guidance on postnatal care for health professionals, including midwives,...

Improving outcomes through education and co-creation

The recent Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK) report has exposed some shocking findings regarding the maternity outcomes amongst...

Saving babies' lives in a pandemic

With various different restrictions in place throughout the country, which are changing on a weekly basis, confusion as to what is and what is not safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact...

Skin-to-skin contact following caesarean section: a narrative review

Skin-to-skin contact (SSC), the deliberate placement of an infant on the bare chest of its mother, is commonly performed after normal vaginal delivery because of its numerous benefits (Moore et al,...

A service evaluation of a hospital-based specialist postnatal breastfeeding clinic

Breastfeeding is described as the gold standard of infant feeding and is beneficial to both infant and maternal health Breastfeeding protects infants against diarrhoea and respiratory infections,...

The marginalisation of midwifery in medicalised pregnancy and childbirth: a qualitative study

In many places across the globe, midwives are the first caregivers of pregnant women and parturient (Sandall et al, 2016) Nonetheless, significant differences exist in the organisation of midwifery...

Destitution in pregnancy: forced migrant women's lived experiences

Evidence suggests that across the UK, forced pregnant migrant women are increasingly becoming destitute (Carter, 2017; Petch et al, 2015) Forced migrants are people who have been coerced or forced to...

Factors associated with underutilisation of antenatal care services in Limpopo, South Africa

The availability, accessibility and utilisation of antenatal care services play a major role in the lives of pregnant women and neonates worldwide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016a) Globally,...

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