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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...

Current perceptions of statutory supervision of midwifery: Time for change?

Statutory supervision of midwifery has been part of the regulatory framework for midwives since the Midwives Registration Act in 1902 The aim of this framework is to safeguard women and their babies...

Midwives' duty of candour

A key recommendation of the Francis report (2013) arising from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry was to establish a culture of openness in all health services, including midwifery,...

Midwifery learning toolbox

Learning is integral to human development. We are born without many of the skills we have as adults, such as walking, talking, cooking and riding a bike. These skills have to be acquired, yet we...

Delivering midwifery care in difficult to access areas

Earlier this month, a temporary suspension of out-of-hours midwifery services for Skye and Lochalsh was announced. This suspension—a problem that is especially significant in an area where there is an...

Freedom to speak up—easier said than done

In February, Robert Francis outlined his review into whistleblowing in the NHS and the freedom of nurses and midwives to speak up (Francis, 2015). There is a duty to do so within the Code (Nursing and...

The future of supervision

There will be surprise and shock among UK midwives following the Nursing and Midwifery Council's decision that statutory supervision of midwives should no longer be part of its legal framework (NMC,...

The new Code and what it means for midwives

The current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008)Code was published close to 7 years ago This not only predated the reforms following the ‘liberation of the NHS' (Department of Health, 2010),...

Empowering families to make informed choices about sleep safety

In December 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued updated recommendations for health professionals on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and co-sleeping (sleeping...

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