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First movers and fast followers

The new model of midwifery supervision, Advocating for Education and QUality ImProvement (A-EQUIP), ‘aims to build personal and professional resilience of midwives, enhance quality of care for women...

The birth of our humanity

There is nothing so profound or influential in human life as the birth of a baby The start to life, people becoming parents, the family forming or reforming, will affect not only the individuals...

Do trainee nurse associates have a role in maternity care?

This week, I have been involved in the assessment of trainee nurse associates (TNA) via viva voce examinations As midwives, we have always questioned our remit, and if any aspects of the role can or...

A-EQUIP: The new model of midwifery supervision

Reflecting on my personal experience of statutory supervision of midwifery and considering the reflections of others, I am more convinced than ever that the new A-EQUIP (an acronym that means...

Midwifery in Shetland and Orkney

On one of my final visits as President of the RCM, I was keen to visit part of the UK I'd not yet seen With the new Director of the RCM in Scotland, I visited the most northerly islands of Shetland...

Simulation in midwifery education: Not just a passing trend

Within the last decade, simulation-based learning has become a key educational component in nursing and midwifery programmes to enhance clinical skills (Cooper et al, 2012) However, the concept of...

Engaged midwives offer better care

Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review (2016), set out its ambition and advanced recommendations that, if implemented, will transform maternity services in England

New year and the promise of new life

The birth of every baby—a new life, a person entering the world—holds the promise of a healthy, productive life well lived; the promise of breaking old cycles of neglect, lack of love, poverty and...

Reasons why midwives leave

Most of us remember the seminal piece of work by Ball et al (2002) entitled Why midwives leave, and were, perhaps, not surprised by its findings about dissatisfaction and lack of support in the...

Nurturing tomorrow's leaders

Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent with Louise Perkins

From medicalisation to humanisation

In my visits around the UK and to different parts of the world over recent years, I have been struck by how intractable and pervasive the medicalisation of childbirth has become

Will supervision changes lead to more Fitness to Practise referrals?

Last month, I was asked to present at the Local Supervising Authority (LSA) summer conference focusing on ‘the midwife in the dock’, from Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise (FtP)...

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