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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...

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...

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