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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...

Ethics of knowing the sex of the fetus

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a relatively recent development, based on the detection of DNA fragments in maternal serum Up to 20% of these fragments are fetal DNA shed from the placenta,...

The importance of communication

The remarkable #hellomynameis campaign was established in 2013 by Dr Kate Granger, who following an admission to hospital for cancer treatment noticed a fundamental aspect of communication was being...

Helping women stay healthy

L–R: Hayley Rutterford and baby Charlie, fitness instructor Helen Bye, Emma Healy and baby Darcy, midwife Louisa White, Siobhan...

Homebirth: More than just a choice

According to Germaine Greer (1985: 6), ‘from conception, pregnancy is regarded as an abnormal state… an illness, requiring submission to the wisdom of health professionals and constant monitoring, as...

Caring for perinatal women in prison: How the launch of the Birth Charter will help women and staff

It is estimated that around 600 women receive antenatal care, and more than 100 babies are born to women in prison in England and Wales each year. Women in prison are one of society's most...

ALSO UK 20 years on: Reflections, challenges and lessons learnt

What better way to reflect on our achievements than to seek out and explore the initial ideas, concepts, conditions and developments that have led to where we are now—an approach used by those seeking...

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