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Research roundup—May 2015

Maternal blood pressure Taking and recording blood pressure (BP) is a task that many midwives and maternity support workers undertake daily This article is an excellent review of blood pressure in...

What is happening in England?

The first national review of maternity care since Maternity Matters has been announced and is already underway (Department of Health (DH), 2007) The review, which was promised in the Five Year Forward...

Mental health funding heading in the right direction

With news that funding for NHS Trusts in England to provide mental health services has decreased by more than 8% since 2010 (McNicoll, 2015), the announcement by the Government that additional funds...

Normal birth in the shadow of Morecambe Bay

Over the last year or so we seem to have reached a turning point in establishing evidence-based care that reflects the importance of supporting normal birth and a reduction of interventions, through...

Mitochondrial donation

In early February 2015, MPs voted to amend the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act to permit mitochondrial donation (Gallagher, 2015) On 24 February, the House of Lords approved the amendment,...

The senses of touch and olfaction in early mother–infant interaction

For the human newborn, being able to recognise (and be recognised by) his/her own mother, locate the breast, latch on and feed are clearly evolutionarily important survival abilities Clear indication...

Helping parents achieve safer male infant circumcision

Male circumcision or the removal of the foreskin holds a deep spiritual significance in Judaism and Islam The Judaic origins are reflected in our language as no other part of the human body is...

Diagnosis and management of pre-eclampsia: A clinical perspective on recent advances in the field

Pre-eclampsia is a global health problem, which complicates 2–8% of all pregnancies and contributes to 15% of preterm births and 9–26% of maternal deaths worldwide (World Health Organization (WHO),...

Midwifery management of asthma and allergies during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum

Asthma, often complicated by allergies, is a common health problem that can cause complications in pregnancy (World Health Organization (WHO), 2014) The UK has an asthma prevalence during pregnancy of...

Hand expressing in pregnancy and colostrum harvesting—preparation for successful breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding initiation rates in the UK have risen; in 2010, 81% of mothers chose to breastfeed their babies at birth, compared with 76% in 2005 However, breastfeeding is often short-lived as 24% of...

Promoting homebirth: Intermediate homebirth report

The drive for Birmingham Women's hospital to relook at its current service provision and improve choice around place of birth was in direct response to the findings in the Birthplace Study (Birthplace...

What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep?

As autonomous, accountable practitioners, midwives are required to continually update their clinical knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality, safe and effective care (Nursing and...

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