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Midwives in low-resource settings

Countries with scarce resources, like Pakistan, mostly have poor health indicators Maternal, neonatal and child healthcare are often compromised as a result of a lack of availability and accessibility...

COVID-19: women with diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy

COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic and poses a significant challenge to the care of pregnant women, especially pregnancies complicated by diabetes and hypertension These pregnancies are associated with...

Should pregnant women be in a high-risk COVID-19 category?

As COVID-19 spread round the world in early 2020, most governments introduced lockdown measures to reduce social interactions and so reduce the transmission of the virus In some countries, including...

The Professional Midwifery Advocate in non-NHS organisations

The Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) role has been designed to deploy the Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement (A-EQUIP) model, which was formulated in 2016/17 (NHS England, 2017)...

How far does duty of care extend?

The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on global health continues apace, generating widespread apprehension among the public and healthcare workers

Continuity and consultation

Having been an independent midwife for several years of my midwifery career, I, for one, did not have to be convinced of the benefits of Continuity of Carer (CoC) for both mother and midwife The...

Conceivinghood: a woman's journey to motherhood

While we talk openly about motherhood and parenthood, very little is discussed about conceivinghood, the life phase of trying to conceive Women's experience of trying to conceive can vary greatly and...

Virtual antenatal clinics

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in immense system pressures for maternity departments across the UK Pregnant women were quickly recognised as a high-risk group who should be shielding (NHS UK,...

Virtual training for midwives during a pandemic

When a baby dies, it is a tragedy at any time but during the COVID-19 pandemic, bereaved families and the professionals supporting them have been faced with additional and often distressing challenges...

Delivering next generations

The COVID-19 pandemic presents many challenges for political leaders and healthcare systems There is strong evidence to suggest that during crisis, women are most affected Experts in the field of...

Viability of newborns

Should we have on-call philosophers in midwifery? Philippa Foot (1920–2010) suggested that just as we summon a plumber to fix a leaking tap, a ‘jobbing philosopher’ could be called when ethical issues...

Supporting midwives on the frontline

From pressuring government bodies for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to piloting programmes to promote better mental health, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been at the...

What midwives think of the continuity of carer model

Maternity care is a subject often featuring in the news and, in recent years, this has been for the wrong reasons One example that springs to mind is the Morecambe Bay investigation published in 2015...

COVID-19: what are the physical and mental challenges?

The global emergence of COVID-19 a matter of months ago means that while its relatively thin evidence base expands, the need to interpret new findings with caution implies that the science of this...

Obesity in pregnancy

As the world changes, new pandemics come to light, stress increases, anxiety skyrockets, and in order to combat all of that fear, many develop certain ways to cope Some take exercise, some find...

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