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Student midwives’ knowledge of perinatal mental health

Psychiatric illness is a leading indirect cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the UK A confidential report on the causes of maternal death suggests that a significant number of women die...

Choice of place of birth: Is it really that simple?

On 3rd December 2014, the much awaited updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on intrapartum care were published (NICE, 2014). The guidelines focus on the care of healthy...

Turning the tide of childbirth: Are we still adrift?

The findings of the Birthplace Study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, 2011) should have resulted in a significant increase in the numbers of low-risk women giving birth either at home or in...

Health professionals’ attitudes towards the promotion of breastfeeding

The health advantages of breastfeeding are widely documented (Fishman, 2010; Oddy et al, 2011), and the role health professionals play in promoting breastfeeding is also well established (Lawrence,...

Supervisory investigation as part of the wider risk management process

One of the greatest achievements of the past 10 years is the acknowledgement that medical, nursing and midwifery error can lead to patient harm and instigate more open discussion by health...

Midwifery going from strength to strength

I have been President of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for almost 3 years During that time I have travelled to all parts of the UK and all over the world clocking up thousands of miles I have...

Twitter's potential to enhance professional networking

Twitter is an online social networking service launched in 2006 that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called ‘tweets’ It is unique in that it ‘engages strangers through...

Reducing injuries from health care sharps

Sharps incidents are one of the most common causes of injury to midwives They are of particular concern as they carry a serious risk of harm through the transmission of blood-borne infection (NHS...

Research roundup—January 2015

Women's experiences of infant feeding This study conducted at two primary care Trusts in the North West of England aimed to explore women's experiences, opinions and perceptions of their infant...

Deaf Nest report

The report produced by the Deaf Nest Project highlights the contribution midwives can make to achieving quality maternity services for Deaf women and their families. It focuses on the barriers Deaf...

NICE and safe staffing: The fight for more midwife-led care

Midwifery is about providing high-quality compassionate care and comfort at one of the most important times in a woman's life However, factors outside an individual midwife's control can have a major...

Postnatal care, not vouchers, will increase breastfeeding rates

It is well known that in the UK, despite initial breastfeeding rates being relatively high, maintining these rates are a problem; the amount of women continuing to exclusively breastfeed past 6 weeks...

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