Birthwrite

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...

A woman's cry for her midwife

As I reflect on my midwifery experience over the past 30 years, I am reminded of the privileged role of the midwife and my personal experiences of providing continuity of carer, supporting vulnerable...

International Women's Day

Why, more than 100 years after it was first celebrated, do we still need to observe International Women's Day? Surely, as women make up more than half of the world's population, the need for it has...

Talk is cheap

Recently, I was interested to read a review of communication used in maternity care, published in the British Medical Journal (Mobbs et al, 2018) Some of the terms criticised by those women asked...

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