Editorial

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...

25 years at the forefront of midwifery research

Welcome to a very special anniversary issue of British Journal of Midwifery (BJM). Now celebrating 25 years of publication, this bumper issue of BJM will look back on how far midwifery has come since...

Pay deal recognises the value of the NHS

Surely there can be no reader ignorant of the news that a pay deal for NHS staff was agreed, as the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) (2018) carefully phrased it, ‘in principle’ last month. Members of...

Transforming care for all

The 16th national Current Issues in Midwifery conference, organised by British Journal of Midwifery (BJM), this year took ‘Transforming maternity services, improving care’ as its central theme....

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