Midwife Blog

Exercise during pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy is safe for women and their unborn babies It is essential that midwives advise women of the UK chief medical officer's ([CMO], 2019) physical activity guidance and support...

From graduation to practice

Induction with your trust usually happens within the first couple of days of starting

First week on the job

‘No one can prepare you for the transition from student to qualified practitioner’ These are the wise words of my mum, former intensive treatment unit nurse and current matron She's absolutely right...

From one drama to another

Three years and five months ago, I embarked on what would become the most remarkable journey of my life to date-I started my training to become a midwife

Supporting the next generation

As student midwives, we all come across a real variety of cases It is, arguably, the sole purpose of our large number of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-stipulated placement hours; to experience...

Learning to be a midwife

I am in the midst of my eighth week working as a newly qualified midwife I'm not going to lie to you and say that it has been easy, but it also hasn't been quite as difficult as I thought it would...

‘Please mind the gap’

As I sat on a busy tube shuttling across London on my way to a regional meeting, I used the time to reflect upon my career I had spent all my life aspiring to be a clinical midwife, guiding women...

To act or not to act – that is the question

The English dictionary defines acting as the ‘activity or profession of performing in plays or films’ (Collins English Dictionary, 2014) so I was surprised when a mandatory course offered as part of...

Six months qualified

Each day at work, I introduce myself: ‘Hello, my name is Claire I'm one of the midwives and I'm going to be looking after you today’ This is something I say all the time; however, there is still a...

Using elective placements effectively

Elective placements enable students to pursue an area of interest other than the essential standards required for pre-registration midwifery education (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2009) Student...

Mental health and the midwife

At the time of writing, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (29 April–3 May 2019) was being discussed and shared across social media and the press Statistics about how childbearing women are...

NIPT: an issue to handle with care

Attending the 2018 World Down's Syndrome Congress inspired me to address the need for a care pathway for Down Syndrome in the ante- and postnatal periods, in collaboration with my Hospital Trust The...

Sepsis

I palpate an oncoming contraction ‘Your bump feels really warm,’ I say to the woman I'm caring for, ‘do you feel OK?’ She replies, shrugging: ‘Yes, I feel fine’ All the observations were normal, the...

800 words to revolutionise midwifery

What a great opportunity: 800 words to revolutionise midwifery! Perhaps my naïve ambition is somewhat overstated, yet change is necessary to prevent our nation's incredibly passionate tribe of...

A comment on kindness

As a student, I can say that I've seen both sides of the coin I've seen success, and in the same vein, failure I'm no stranger to failure: I failed my driving test twice before passing, and I failed...

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