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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)...

Improving outcomes for women and babies: A midwife's priority

Midwives everywhere strive to provide the best care for women and their families, and make a significant contribution to reducing the stillbirth and maternal mortality rates. In England, the...

Maternity care for women in prisons in England and Wales

Any maternity service can be measured by the care we provide to the most vulnerable in our society Women in prison and their babies deserve the best of care The Birth Charter for women in prisons in...

Better Births: A platform for innovation and transformation

The National Maternity Review (2016) provides a platform for innovation and transformation for the provision of maternity services The report outlines a vision for safer, personalised, family-centred...

Changes to professional development

The daily headlines of challenges facing the NHS are cause for concern and familiar to many (Kirk, 2015) Working within the confines of the NHS, nurses and midwives are central to these discussions...

A legacy from Sheila Kitzinger: Continuity of care is crucial

Over many years, my friend Sheila Kitzinger and I talked about the importance of women receiving care from one or a small group of midwives whom they could get to know and trust over time, which...

Building resilience: the way forward

We are all aware that there are many forthcoming changes in midwifery recommended in government policies (Dunkley-Bent, 2016). So how do midwives feel about these, and how might they cope with further...

Midwifery supervision is here to stay

Over the past year, I have received many emails and letters from maternity service users, midwives and nurses expressing their concerns and seeking clarity regarding rumours that midwifery supervision...

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