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Infant massage: The practice and evidence-base to support it

The practice of infant massage is not a new phenomenon It is a part of nature—at birth, mammals massage their newborns by licking and grooming them to encourage their body systems to normalise...

Constipation and haemorrhoids: A midwifery perspective for the childbearing continuum

Constipation and haemorrhoids are common disorders and women who have previously experienced these issues are at risk of recurrence during pregnancy and the puerperium; however, they may develop for...

Antenatal alcohol exposure: An East Anglian study of midwives' knowledge and practice

In 1968, the French doctor Lemoine and his colleagues first described a pattern of physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities observed among children of mothers with alcohol problems (Lemoine et...

Italian fathers' experiences of labour pain

In 1996, a document titled ‘Care in normal birth’ was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the purpose of spreading a culture of normal birth with the least interventions possible...

LinkedIn: Facebook for professionals?

LinkedIn is a business-orientated social networking service, which helps individuals create and maintain an online profile in order to build up a professional network (LinkedIn, 2015a) Its...

Midwives' perception about their practice in a midwifery-led care model in karachi, Pakistan

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 statistics, every day about 1000 women die during childbirth Of these deaths, 99% occur in developing countries (WHO, 2014) The global neonatal...

Drug administration in midwifery: Confusion, illegal practice and the supervisor of midwives

A published audit (Birch and Culshaw, 2003) and personal experience provides evidence that midwives sometimes administer prescription-only medicines (POM) in the absence of an emergency without a...

Priority issues from 0–19

Ageing workforce, inadequate recruitment and poor retention The UK nursing and midwifery workforce is ageing, and this is already having a considerable impact on services In 2001, the largest...

Research roundup—March 2015

New evidence on risks of advanced maternal age A study undertaken in Finland identified that certain risk factors associated with pregnancy are more harmful when the expectant mother is over 35...

Landmark FGM case: Doctors found not guilty

A landmark criminal case in London in which two doctors were prosecuted for performing and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) has resulted in the speedy acquittal of both Dr Dharmasena was...

Concrete midwifery

Following the devastation of the Second World War, the birth rate in Poland rose at a rapid rate. Between 1946 and 1995, the Polish population increased by 63% (Główny Urząd Statystyczny, 2012). This...

Delayed cord clamping in the compromised baby

When a baby is born it begins its adaption to extra-uterine life Delayed cord clamping is a normal part of gentle transition (Mercer and Erikson-Owens, 2010) and has been widely advocated as a means...

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