Editorial

How to keep your editor happy? Keep it simple

What do editors do? Editing British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) involves a great deal: seeing articles safely through peer review; reading each piece for errors and clarity (each article will be read...

MPs cannot work without safe maternity care

In the slight lull in news about Brexit and the Conservative party leadership contest, papers have finally been able to report on other stories, although they may not always stray far from...

Meet BJM's new arrivals

Although there is much about midwifery that has remained unchanged since it was first practised, the profession is inherently one of new beginnings. From welcoming a new life into the world, to...

Midwives as ‘defenders’—in the UK and abroad

Thanks to years of campaigning to raise awareness and conduct research, it is now likely that midwives will have heard of and received training on female genital mutilation (FGM). Although cases are...

This is not another Brexit article

An editorial on Brexit has been a long time coming. This is not because discussing it would be irrelevant—quite the opposite. Professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018)...

Mothers and fathers: what's in a name?

In February 2019, The Telegraph reported the case of a child, known for legal reasons as YY, who could become ‘the first baby in Britain to not to have a mother’ (Stanford, 2019). The case is being...

New report is a chance to act—before it's too late

At the end of January 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) released its annual report into maternity services, based on data from more that 17 600 women who gave birth in February 2018. While...

Is this a revolution for maternity care?

Maternity services appear to have been given a much-needed boost for 2019, with proposals from the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, to make the UK ‘the best place in the world to give...

Give the gift of great care this Christmas

In case the winking multicoloured lights, emails about the office party and the exponential increase in songs by The Pogues being played on the radio weren't enough of a giveaway, Christmas is coming....

Can domestic abuse research inspire change?

What is the role of research? In British Journal of Midwifery, the aim is for it to be informative, engaging and thoughtprovoking—but also, hopefully, inspirational. Not in the sense of a vague quote...

Actions speak louder than words

Just a few weeks into his new role as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock unveiled his first major initiative: a consultation with health professionals (Department of Health,...

Apps for health: What does the future hold?

The fertility tracking app Natural Cycles has once again hit headlines. The Advertising Standards Authority banned its adverts, saying that claims implied that it was ‘a precise and reliable method of...

Is it time to address male postnatal depression?

Readers are doubtless aware that the etymology of the word ‘midwife’ is ‘with woman’ Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2017) state that good care is woman-centred, where a...

The NHS: Healing inequality since 1948

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, 50 years of the American Civil Rights Act and 200 years since the first human blood transfusion, 2018 is a year of many important anniversaries....

A quiet revolution? It's not where you'd think

It's been a long time coming, but on 26 May in a so-called ‘quiet revolution’ (BBC, 2018), the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its constitution, ending some of the...

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