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Fathers' perinatal mental health

Around 10 years ago, there was little discussion around the incidence of postnatal depression Statistics by Cox et al (1987) demonstrated that at least 1 in 10 mothers suffered from it and this was...

Pulse oximetry screening

Critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) affect around 2 in 1 000 newborns, and babies with CCHD often have low blood oxygen concentrations, which can be measured by non-invasive pulse oximetry (PO)...

Midwifery and the 2020 Nightingale bicentenary celebrations

Midwifery will be in the spotlight throughout 2020 as this year has been declared the international year of the nurse and midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO); the Nightingale bicentenary...

Non-invasive prenatal testing and decision-making

The phrase ‘tyranny of choice’ has been widely used in recent years to illustrate the increasing range of options that are available to consumers in the developed world But Suter (2018) uses the term...

Volunteering with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

In August 2019, I left the NHS to volunteer as a midwife in Kutupalong refugee camp in the south of Bangladesh Approximately 909 000 Rohingya refugee are residing in 34 camps in Bangladesh's...

The value nurses and midwives hold

As the World Health Organization announced 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife, many influential organisations are rallying round to showcase the achievements of the professions and give a platform...

Coping with baby loss as a midwife

Every year, more than 6 500 babies and children under the age of five die in the UK (Child Bereavement UK, 2017) While it is widely recognised that bereaved parents should receive high-quality support...

Dealing with burnout

In their study of physician stress, Hannan et al (2018) note that in 1974, the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger first coined the term ‘burnout’, defining it as ‘a state of mental and...

Breast milk donation and bereavement

Choosing to donate breast milk can be a coping mechanism for grieving mothers

The forgotten women of gynaecology

The atrocities of slavery in the USA in the 1800s have been well documented, but the development of gynaecological techniques using female slaves has not had the same acknowledgement Within midwifery...

The place they will be born

Just past ‘Bear Paw Gas and Convenience’ and not far from ‘Talking Earth Pottery’ sits Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Maternal and Child Health Centre The name is Mohawk for ‘the place they will be born’ A...

Vitamin K and ethics

With the Andrew Wakefield MMR and autism scandal, and the subsequent rise of the anti-vaccination movement, today's patients can now be seen as sceptical consumers keen to assert their autonomy, and...

Midwives' voices need to be heard in the safeguarding discussion

There is a growing recognition that safeguarding and protection of young people needs practitioners and professionals to reach beyond the borders of their traditional roles and work together Without...

Migrants and pregnancy

In 2017 there was a global population of 244 million international migrants, including 22 million refugees With the inevitable implications for healthcare as a result of mass population movements,...

Why midwives alone are not enough

Talking to midwives from across Ethiopia and Kenya about the challenges and triumphs of being a clinician, the conversation often turned to where to go next (Box 1) Although there have been...

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