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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...

In a time of uncertainty

At this unprecedented time in the world, I wanted to write a few words of encouragement, support, praise and thanks At the time of writing, I am aware that cirumstances and statistics will have...

What's next after graduation?

‘The world is your oyster, my girl’-these are the wise old words my grandmother said to me when I told her that I'd passed my midwifery degree Reflecting back on that time, I wish I had really...

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