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The Oxytocin Factor

Tapping the hormone of calm, love and healing This book is an unashamed sales pitch for the wonderful hormone that is oxytocin It seeks to enthuse the reader about this hidden gem that we all...

The evolution of the human placenta

The evolution of the human placenta This book has been dedicated to the obstetricians-gynaecologists who have collaborated with the authors over many years to improve scientific knowledge of...

90 seconds to change the world

At the moment a baby is born, about a third of its blood is outside of its body Physiological studies have shown that, of the total blood volume in the combined fetal–placental circulation at full...

Changing attitudes to mental illness

The mental health profile has been raised in recent months, and about time. In 2010/11 over 1.25 million adults accessed NHS services for severe or enduring mental health problems (Health and Social...

Professional indemnity insurance—the making or breaking of midwifery

The issue of professional indemnity insurance (PII) as a condition for practice has been hotly debated over the years Although some professions required its registrants to have indemnity insurance,...

Nicotine and e-cigarette use during pregnancy

Smoking cigarettes throughout pregnancy is one of the single most important avoidable causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, resulting in severe short- and long-term negative effects for the mother and...

Ebola in pregnancy

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Africa, ‘a public health emergency of international concern’ (Kennedy, 2014)...

Is the evidence on waterbirth watertight?

Waterbirth has been recognised as a clinically effective means to reduce the intensity of pain during normal physiological labour and increase women's satisfaction with their birth experiences...

Recurrent and persistent thrush in pregnancy

One of the most common causes of yeast infections in the vulvovaginal area is Candida albicans (Holland et al, 2003; Sobel et al, 2013) During their childbearing years, 75% of women will experience at...

Women's experiences of body image and baby feeding choices: Dealing with the pressure to be slender

Women's bodies undergo many physical changes during pregnancy that may take them further away from their ideal body shape (Grogan, 2008), and some of these changes will carry over into the postpartum...

Mobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services

Communication skills are fundamental to midwifery (Nicholls and Webb, 2006; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2009) Communication errors occur when the message becomes distorted; this can be due to...

Welcome to my café: Facilitating a domestic abuse workshop for midwives

The World Café was developed in the mid-1990s as an innovative approach to collaborative thinking (Brown, 2001; Brown and Isaacs, 2005; Schieffer et al, 2004) Brown and Isaacs (2005) describe the...

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