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Assessing in-utero activity

In-utero fetal activity is seen as the hallmark of fetal wellbeing and a vital marker in the routine surveillance of unborn babies, with a further advantage that it can be assessed regularly by the...

Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: How midwives can listen to silenced women

Domestic violence towards pregnant women is both a serious public health and human rights concern Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of...

More needs to be done to prevent Group B strep infection in the UK

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis in infants less than 3 months of age (Heath and Schuchat, 2007; Stoll et al, 2011) Of those babies infected, about 10% die...

Do midwives see caesarean section wound care education as a need?

Despite recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the ideal rate for caesarean sections (CS) should be between 10 and 15%, the CS rate in the UK has not reduced in recent years and...

Does the timing of deinfibulation for women with type 3 female genital mutilation affect labour outcomes?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a deeply-rooted practice, with culture and tradition given as the main reasons for its continuation (Momoh, 2003) FGM affects approximately 140 million women...

Public health: Breastfeeding battles

Breastfeeding is a worldwide public health issue, which has a major impact on reducing child mortality and several long-term non-communicable diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer...

There's an app for that—but how do we know if it's a good one?

Mobile applications date back to the end of the 20th century and were typically novel additions to the core phone functions, such as a calculator or a small arcade game But from around 2007, when...

Landmark case on negligence and consent

Is it negligent not to warn pregnant women of possible clinical risks? This question is at the heart of a recent court case, which has significant implications for practitioners, as it lends legal...

Book Review

The Roar Behind the Silence: Why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care ...

What is happening in Scotland?

It is really interesting to be celebrating the Centenary of the Midwives Act in Scotland in the same year as the Nursing and Midwifery Council are piloting its revalidation programme. There will be...

It's time to rethink our vocabulary

As I find myself engrossed in midwifery in both my personal as well as my professional life once again, not a bad thing I hasten to add, I have been reflecting on my personal experience as a service...

Respect leads to respect

Since the publication of the Kirkup (2015) report, midwives have expressed concern to me that the recommendations will impact negatively on their ability to practice autonomously. This concern has, in...

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