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Optimum care for disabled women

This summer, as the Paralympics GB team soared to success with 147 medals in Rio, a report (Hall et al, 2016) was published which highlights that there is a long way to go in improving attitudes...

Working to put clean water at the heart of health care

Nearly 3 years after giving birth to my daughter, I'm still haunted by the memory of bleeding heavily, alone with my newborn, just 10 days later As I waited, anxiously and in pain, for an ambulance,...

Initiative empowers pregnant women to know when to seek help

MAMA Academy is a pregnancy charity empowering women and midwives to help more babies arrive safely We educate expectant mothers on how to keep healthy, and when they should call their midwife for...

Conscientious objection

According to Holroyd (1971: 628), in March 1916 the author Lytton Strachey attended a tribunal, seeking exemption from conscription on the grounds of conscientious objection (CO) He was asked by a...

Time for UK water companies to stop swinging the lead

Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal that can harm human health (US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2016) Fetuses, infants and children are especially vulnerable; low levels of exposure...

Amendments in electronic fetal monitoring and intermittent auscultation

Interpretation of cardiotocography (CTG) remains a controversial topic, despite attempts by the national professional bodies to standardise the terminology and decision-making systems The National...

Smoking and pregnancy

‘Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious pregnancy-related health problems These include complications during labour and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, low birth...

Personalising care for every woman

Fulfilling its meaning of ‘with woman’, midwifery has been present throughout the centuries. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM, 2011) refers to midwifery as one of the oldest and most...

Leading Safe Choices: Family planning in South Africa and Tanzania

Across the world, 222 million women would like to delay or prevent a pregnancy, but have no access to contraception This unmet need for family planning contributes to a third of maternal deaths and...

Caring for midwifery staff will ensure better care for women

On 1 June 2016, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) launched our new campaign, Caring for You, with the aim of improving RCM members' health, safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to provide...

Zika virus and the Olympics

Earlier this year, Dr Amir Attaran (2016) demanded that the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games ‘be postponed, moved, or both as a precautionary concession’ against the spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) He...

Girls matter: Tackling female genital mutilation

More than 30 years ago, I began working in the NHS and became concerned that health professionals were ill-equipped to deal with women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). I researched what...

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