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Second UK conviction for FGM

A similar case took place several years ago. The name and some details have been changed to ensure anonymity. A pregnant woman (given the pseudonym Marion) attended a specialist FGM clinic. Marion...

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

According to Russell (2012), before the 1830s, the name most generally used for morning sickness was descriptive: ‘nausea and vomiting of pregnancy’, or ‘pregnancy vomiting’. By 1856, the new phrase...

Combating female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation can be practised anywhere, but according to UNICEF (2023) data, the highest risk groups are from Africa and Indonesia. Data from the Somali health and demographic survey...

Transgender debate and midwifery

Clive James (2007) wrote that at a 1931 premiere of Charlie Chaplin's film, City Lights, Chaplin told Albert Einstein, ‘they cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no-one...

The Ockenden café initiative

The cafés are organised and attended by a multidisciplinary team that includes obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists, anaesthetists and service user representatives. Students, trainees, maternity...

Human Donor Milk in Maternity

Elaine was admitted to the postnatal ward following the spontaneous vaginal birth of her firstborn, baby Tom. Elaine had an uncomplicated pregnancy, commenced spontaneous onset of labour and had an...

Bullying in the workplace

Bullying has more manifestations beyond being argumentative or rude, and can include overloading people with work, spreading malicious rumours, denying someone's training or promotion opportunities,...

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...

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