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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...

Midwives Scotland Act, 100 years on: How do we build our future?

I have just returned from professional visits to Bulgaria, India and Brazil, all countries that have lost much of their midwifery profession and are working hard to reinstate autonomous midwifery...

NMC renewal: Don't get caught out

With over 670 000 registrants, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the largest health-care regulator in the UK and there is a need to constantly review and update its processes. I am sure we...

Don't throw the midwife out with the baby's bath water

One of the great things about being a midwife is the privilege of sharing the miracle of new life. The role of the midwife and the uniqueness of the dynamic relationship with women may be immeasurable...

Compassionate Connections: Turning rhetoric into reality

Woman-centred care, person-centred care, relationship-based care, personalised care, the 6 Cs including compassionate care—these are all central values of modern maternity policy in the UK The words...

Supervision: Phoenix from the ashes

We are all aware there are going to be changes to statutory supervision of midwifery following recommendations from recent inquiries and reviews. To date, there is no formal decision as to how the...

Twenty-two speed humps

Reminiscing about the publication of Changing Childbirth (Department of Health (DH), 1993) over a decade ago and looking forward to the outcome of the national maternity review, midwives continue to...

Giving every baby an equal chance

This report of perinatal deaths demonstrates once again that social economic determinants of health must be taken into account if we are to give every baby an equal chance, not only to survive but...

NHS, midwives, women and politics

The news and social media have been ablaze with debate and comments since the new (non-coalition) Government has been elected, many suggesting it will lead to further privatisation of the NHS as well...

Respect leads to respect

Since the publication of the Kirkup (2015) report, midwives have expressed concern to me that the recommendations will impact negatively on their ability to practice autonomously. This concern has, in...

Normal birth in the shadow of Morecambe Bay

Over the last year or so we seem to have reached a turning point in establishing evidence-based care that reflects the importance of supporting normal birth and a reduction of interventions, through...

Freedom to speak up—easier said than done

In February, Robert Francis outlined his review into whistleblowing in the NHS and the freedom of nurses and midwives to speak up (Francis, 2015). There is a duty to do so within the Code (Nursing and...

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