Editorial

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....

The politics of parenting

If you have five minutes and are looking for some motivation, do a quick Google Image search for Licia Ronzulli. As the results will show, Ronzulli is an Italian MEP who, since 2010, has been taking...

Reasons to be optimistic in 2018

Is there anything more daunting than returning to work or studies, to face a blank page and an impending deadline? This is a slightly facetious question; defending a PhD thesis, for example, or doing...

Does midwifery breach human rights?

Earlier this year, the online forum Mumsnet released the results of an investigation into its members' experiences of postnatal care. Mumsnet chief executive, Justine Roberts, was then invited to...

Abortion law is changing, but not enough

This month marks 50 years of the 1967 Abortion Act and, throughout this half century, two things have remained constant: virtually all of the legislation contained in the Act, and the controversy that...

When daily midwifery practice makes headlines

On Wednesday 27 September, at the stroke of midnight, BBC News in Suffolk posted its next story online (BBC News, 2017). Hardly ideal timing, one might think, except that this was a story about a...

The new ‘normal’

For a language with a wider vocabulary than any other, it can be surprising when English fails to aptly communicate an intended meaning. This has certainly been the case this month, where one small...

We need to talk about maternal mental health

In June 2011, Emma Cadywould gave birth to her first child, a first grandchild for her parents and a nephew for her sister. For the next 6 months, despite all appearances to the contrary, Emma...

Sometimes we all need a little good news

Those who stay up-to-date with midwifery news will have noticed or, more likely, been unable to escape, the fact that the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held its 31st triennial congress...

We should not allow cuts to undermine midwives

When news from the US develops so fast and unexpectedly that TV political dramas struggle to compete, it might be premature to comment on its health policy, given President Donald Trump's propensity...

What the general election means for midwives

Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the country in April with the announcement of a snap general election, set to be held on 8 June 2017 (BBC, 2017). A recent survey showed that 55% of citizens are...

Midwifery and the act of looking forward

I became the new editor of the British Journal of Midwifery just days after the March issue was published, so I had a long time to look forward to releasing an issue of my own. The most important...

Perinatal mental health is still everyone's business

Pregnancy and birth in the UK are safer than ever. But while the maternal mortality rate has declined steadily since 2003, there has been no significant reduction in maternal suicide. It is now the...

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