Editorial

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....

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...

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