Birthwrite

Abdominal palpation—a core skill

My mind starts to wander to the days spent training and the basic midwifery skills taught to the midwives in the health centres The two health centres I taught at were in remote ‘kebeles’ (villages)...

Reflecting on #16DaysofActivism2019

During November and December 2019, I was delighted to see so much activity around the international ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign to end violence against women and girls This years' theme was ‘Orange...

Midwives in 2020: time to flourish and change perceptions

The international year of the midwife (and nurse) is nearly upon us Throughout the year 2020, the whole world will be focused upon our professions As such, we have an opportunity to shape how we...

‘They/them’ in the birth room

New research is required to understand the needs of transgender people in the birth room

Fighting flu: what needs to be done

As autumn approaches my thoughts turn, not to the new school term or autumn leaves but to the subject of vaccination Perhaps not what you thought I would say but, as midwives, we have access to a...

A midwife's advice for new students

September is traditionally the time when the majority of new students start their programmes As a lecturer and midwife of many years, meeting people for the first time always makes me think back to...

Nobody left behind

As an academic midwife who is passionate about evidence-based midwifery, I was thrilled to be invited on to the editorial board of British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) I have worked hard to engage more...

Breathe easy

Air pollution is high on the news agenda Many UK cities are in breach of EU clean air regulations and are looking to see how the situation can be improved Consideration is being given to ultra-low...

The student–mentor relationship

Recently, I have been reflecting on the role of the mentor in supporting midwifery students This relationship is at times challenging and often underestimated, but it is also crucial to student...

Continuing the conversation

I was recently asked by a colleague why continuity of carer had become the topic of conversation for many people working in maternity or associated with the implementation of healthcare policy Tempted...

Giving midwives some ‘me’ time

In last month's Birthwrite column, Louise Silverton (2019) encouraged midwives and other interested parties to respond to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) consultation on the draft standards...

Time to have your say

The long-awaited future midwife consultation has been launched by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) It is made up of two parts: standards of proficiency for midwives (what they need to know and...

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