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Delayed cord clamping: The new norm

I used to think that delayed (or ‘deferred’, as is now the preferred term, in order to avoid any suggestion of suboptimal care) cord clamping was a waste of time, and more likely to cause harm than...

The ethics behind caesarean section

The World Health Organization recommends that the ideal rate for caesarean sections should be between 10 and 15% However, caesarean sections have become increasingly common in both developed and...

What constitutes good trial evidence?

Evidence-based practice has been the mantra within health settings over the last 2 decades It is a phrase that can be found in the majority of academic texts and assignments of most midwifery students...

Gastro-oesophageal reflux in the neonate: Clinical complexities and impact on midwifery practice

Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is a commonly reported phenomenon encountered in the initial weeks of neonatal life, and is a normal physiological process which usually occurs following feeding...

Embedding the 6 Cs: Problem-based learning the Bradford way

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational strategy that has been used in medical and other health-care education since its development at McMaster University in the 1970s (Barrows, 1996) PBL...

Does antenatal education prepare fathers for their role as birth partners and for parenthood?

Historically, pregnancy and birth have been a predominantly female affair (Robertson, 2007; Caltabiano and Castiglioni, 2008), with limited reports of men being involved in the pregnancy or being...

Antenatal support for people with learning disabilities

In 2013, it was estimated that 1 068 000 people in England had a degree of a learning disability (Public Heath England, 2013), yet there are no accurate records of the numbers of parents with a...

Person-centred care in practice

While undertaking a Person-Centred Care in Practice (PCCiP) masters module, I began to reflect on relationships within maternity care I wondered if midwifery remained as the ultimate relational, women...

Ensuring practice is based on the best evidence: Masterclass on literature searching

Midwives must ‘always practise in line with the best available evidence’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015a: 7) in order to provide safe and effective care The purpose of the revised Code and...

A new era for supervision: A generation of midwives without statutory supervision?

There has been great controversy surrounding the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) decision to review the role of the Supervisor of Midwives (SoM) From a student's perspective, we do not have much...

The changing landscape of maternity care

Arguably, the biggest challenge within maternity care is ‘meeting the health and social care needs of a rapidly changing population’ (Department of Health, 2010: 11) By providing evidence-based...

Dealing with incidents of feticide and infanticide in England and Wales

An American woman was recently sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by a court in Indiana for neglect of a dependent and feticide (Valenti, 2015) The 33-year-old woman attended an emergency department...

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