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NICE and safe staffing: The fight for more midwife-led care

Midwifery is about providing high-quality compassionate care and comfort at one of the most important times in a woman's life However, factors outside an individual midwife's control can have a major...

Midwifery revalidation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are overhauling their fitness to practise systems and revalidation is the new process by which midwives will demonstrate, on a 3 yearly cycle, that they remain...

Language matters

I have recently joined the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery and have been asked to review papers for possible inclusion in the journal. The journal receives a high number of...

Nicotine and e-cigarette use during pregnancy

Smoking cigarettes throughout pregnancy is one of the single most important avoidable causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, resulting in severe short- and long-term negative effects for the mother and...

Providing financial support at the time of greatest need

Like many good ideas, the Child Funeral Charity came about through personal experience. I've been in education most of my life and all Trustees are involved in the funeral industry.

Midwives working for Médecins Sans Frontières

Tissi is a very small place in the very big country of Chad If you look Tissi up on google maps you won't find it However, it lies right down in the bottom East hand corner of Chad, approximately 7 km...

Peer support for women with hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) affects up to 80% of pregnant women in the first trimester (Goodwin, 1998) A recent systematic review has shown that normal pregnancy sickness may offer a...

Good hygiene can save babies' lives

In June, newly-formed charity CMV Action held its inaugural awareness month Although charity awareness months are commonplace these days, cytomegalovirus (CMV) definitely needs its profile raising...

Discourse on dystocia: A much needed professional dialogue

When I first read the recent article in the May issue of BJM on ‘Managing shoulder dystocia: understanding and applying the RCOG guidance’ (Jenkins, 2014), I was immediately engaged and interested in...

New healthcare regulations: The implications for midwives

On 2 April 2014 the Law Commission published its report on the future regulation of health and social care professionals The report has been 3 years in the making and includes a 200-page draft Bill

‘Let me get the anaesthetist’

Epidural analgesia is a resource which can be extremely beneficial to women in labour and approximately 20% of women in the UK will use this method for pain relief (Department of Health (DH), 2005) An...

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