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The changing climate of legal and ethical issues in maternity services

A number of recent cases have highlighted the need for midwives to have an increased knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical issues and how to apply these in practice. One of these, the case...

Midwifery revalidation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are overhauling their fitness to practise systems and revalidation is the new process by which midwives will demonstrate, on a 3 yearly cycle, that they remain...

Helping women prepare for hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting affects around 80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser degree making it the most common medical condition in pregnancy (Gadsby and Barnie-Adshead, 2011) Around 30% of women...

Exploring the ‘good’ birth: What is it and why does it matter?

A core assumption of this article is that there is a need to investigate the relationship between a woman's experience of childbirth and her experience of motherhood Another assumption is that those...

A modified early obstetric warning system

For the majority of women childbearing is a normal life event Physiological adaptations usually ensure a woman has a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery However, the increased...

Family Nurse Partnership: Meeting the needs of teenage mothers

While it is acknowledged that not all teenage pregnancies are unplanned or result in a substandard or negative life-course for mother and/or child (Duncan et al, 2010), there is a substantial body of...

Engaging critically with the concept of advancing professional practice

In recent years, the role of the midwife has been expanded beyond what was traditionally seen as its core responsibilities This has been in response to a number of service demands and the changing...

An audit into supervisors of midwives experience of supervision

An audit was undertaken to explore supervisors of midwives' (SoMs') experience of supervision across a local supervising authority (LSA) Supervision forms part of the professional regulation for...

Born before arrival: Supervision in action

Incident reporting at Birmingham Women's Foundation NHS Trust identified an increase in the numbers of babies born before the arrival (or attendance) (BBA) of a midwife in both an unplanned or planned...

What is social media?

Social media platforms are continuing to grow in popularity, with Facebook having over 31 million users in the UK; Twitter 15 million, and LinkedIn 10 million (McRory, 2014)

Language matters

I have recently joined the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery and have been asked to review papers for possible inclusion in the journal. The journal receives a high number of...

Should alcohol abuse in pregnancy entail criminal liability?

A case being heard in the Court of Appeal has raised the vexed issue of whether a pregnant woman could be held criminally liable if her actions damage her unborn child. The case concerns a woman who,...

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