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Providing care during a breech birth

This reflection explores the experience of caring for a woman, ‘Katy’, who had opted for a vaginal breech birth. Once in labour, she no longer felt safe to have a vaginal breech birth and opted for a...

Reflecting on the preceptorship year

I completed a direct entry midwifery training programme having previously achieved a Master's degree in biomedical sciences. My first of the 3-year degree programme was cut short by the COVID-19...

Ultraprocessed food and pregnancy

Ultraprocessed foods have been defined as ‘industrial formulations of substances derived from foods, which typically contain cosmetic additives…and little, if any, whole foods’ (Rauber et al, 2021)....

Assisted reproduction and morality

In matters of medical ethics, it is inviting to infer that as the medical profession evolved, its members were motivated by patient-centred altruism to develop a code of practice that regulated the...

Growing the midwifery workforce

One glaring issue that is not discussed is the removal of tuition fees for undergraduate midwifery programmes. The government restored funding for healthcare programmes in the form of a maintenance...

Digital mental health platforms

The prevalence of mental health problems has been increasing in the UK. Evidence from population-wide surveys indicates that the rate of severe symptoms of common mental disorders increased from 6.9%...

Episiotomies and ethics

The term episiotomy describes a surgical incision made in the vaginal wall and perineum, which is performed during the second stage of labour. It was first coined in 1742 by the Irish doctor and...

Pre-registration midwifery

Bangor University has a longstanding history of working with HEIW in the delivery of its midwifery programme. In 2021, Bangor successfully bid to tender new contracts with HEIW to deliver midwifery...

Midwifery care and social media

Anyone that uses the internet will know that online content related to pregnancy, birth and early parenting permeates it in all forms. Increased ease of access to such a wealth of information serves...

The ethics of assisted reproduction

‘Caring professions have a prominent role in facilitating the application of artificial reproduction technology’.

Coaching can support you in 2023

‘My presentation and public speaking skills have improved, I have developed the courage to approach more senior leaders and I am improving in my strategic thinking and planning’ .

Culture and breastfeeding support

Current global migratory movements are creating multicultural societies that demand culturally sensitive health professionals to care for women and families (Belintxon and López-Dicastillo, 2014). As...

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