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The importance of technology

On Monday 14 November 2016, something happened that highlighted how much we rely on IT to function day-to-day The whole NHS email system crashed, owing to the creation of a distribution list that...

Acting up as the labour ward matron

For the past month, I have been acting up as the labour ward matron, while the current matron is on a secondment As an experienced labour ward coordinator, I am used to the increasingly heavy demands...

Investigating stillbirths

September 2016 saw the first ever stillbirth inquest in Northern Ireland (BBC News, 2016) Ever since Cara Rocks was stillborn in 2013, her parents have been seeking answers surrounding her death...

In memory of Dr Kate Granger

On 23 July 2016, Dr Kate Granger—who campaigned tirelessly to improve communication in health care despite her own deteriorating health from an aggressive form of cancer—sadly passed away, aged just...

Taking time for self-care

One thing that I have found particularly challenging over the past couple of months of working as a preceptee midwife is the number of postnatal women, or women in the early stages of labour, whom the...

Taking the first steps in practice

This month's blog focuses on my transition from student to midwife—and I'm not afraid to say that I was apprehensive, to say the least, in starting as a newly qualified midwife

Supporting families coping with NAIT

When my daughter was born, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic blood disorder, neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT)—the effect of which was the catalyst for me to become a midwife Although...

Lessons from a placement in Peru

In February this year, I had the privilege of spending my final transition period as a third-year student midwife on a 3-week voluntary observational placement in a 104-year-old government-run...

Journey to midwifery

First things first, I'd better introduce myself I'm Heidi, a newly qualified midwife, and I was completely shocked but flattered even to be nominated for the British Journal of Midwifery Student...

Don't tell me I can't change the world

Recently, I had a privilege of attending the British Journal of Midwifery Awards, held in Manchester on 8 February I was even more privileged to be awarded joint 2nd place in the Innovation in...

Spiritual midwifery

Spirituality is something of a taboo subject in health care While there has been an increase in scientific research on spirituality, there have been few studies of spiritual care in enhancing...

Together towards tomorrow

In April 2013, the idea for the Deaf Nest project was born Reflecting on my professional experience from overseas, I realised that deafness and pregnancy are rarely considered together

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