Editorial

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...

Midwives show strength in the face of adversity

In recent weeks, maternity professionals and service users have rallied in support of independent midwives, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) decided that the indemnity scheme provided by...

The benefits of a universal approach

Christmas has been and gone, but there are more gifts to come for pregnant women in Scotland: 2017 sees the launch of a Finnish-style baby box scheme across the country. A 3-month pilot in Orkney and...

Respect for women's reproductive rights

‘Sometimes it's hard to be a woman,’ Tammy Wynette once sang, before going on to advise that one should forgive one's husband for being unfaithful because ‘he's just a man’ and thus, she seems to...

Whatever happened to safety in numbers?

England is a safe place to have a baby. So says secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt, in the foreword to the new report from the Department of Health's (DH, 2016) Maternity Safety Programme Team....

Advancing attitudes towards maternal age

A former school friend of mine, who had her first child this year, told me about her anger when an obstetrician referred to her pregnancy as ‘geriatric’. Inappropriate though this term may seem...

A welcome boost for perinatal mental health

Perinatal mental health has been lingering near the top of the midwifery agenda for a while—at least in terms of rhetoric—but now some of the talk is being translated into action. The Perinatal Mental...

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