Birthwrite

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...

The future is ours

We have made significant improvements in maternity care: an 188% reduction in stillbirths (Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2018a), a 58% reduction in neonatal mortality (ONS, 2018b) and an 8%...

Implementing quality improvement

Audit of services can highlight areas of practice ripe for improvement This was the case for obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI), when a large-scale review showed an increase in occurrence for...

Building bricks and resilience

I recently read an article (Harding, 2018) about the use of what is traditionally considered a child's toy—building bricks—to reduce stress and improve resilience This caught my interest as I have...

Maternity safety champions

Every time I am asked to explain the role of the maternity safety champion, I think about how healthcare policy is translated into action and how it influences the practical, day-to-day operations of...

New years

New Year is a man-made concept, but nonetheless it is important as a way of marking progress through time, as well as enabling the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries January sees the start of...

Sharing your practice the ‘write’ way

I recently presented a conference session entitled ‘Writing for Publication’ The conference was attended by students, clinical midwives and allied health professionals, all of whom had an interest in...

The NHS at 70

On the 5 July 2018, the NHS turned 70 and this was marked by celebrations across the UK It was humbling to hear the experiences and reflections of many midwives, support staff, obstetricians and...

Maternity is a part of the whole safety system

Safety is high up on the health agenda—and rightly so Providing evidence-based, safe, quality care, first time, is effective and makes efficient use of resources However, there is one aspect that...

Paying to be a midwife

Recruitment and retention of midwives can be problematic and is continually under scrutiny in the media (BBC, 2018; Royal College of Midwives (RCM), 2018) In an attempt to address this, the Chief...

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