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Risk assessments and ethnicity in maternity care: looking through the wrong end of the telescope?

The Caucasian (male) body as the norm has long been noted by Black feminists (Hull et al, 1982; Crenshaw, 1988; 1991; Gishen and Lokugamage, 2019), and even the human genome project is replicating...

Building strong foundations in leadership and management for midwifery students

There are a limited number of studies concerning midwifery leadership and management, even more so in terms of studies that relate to students. In addition, midwifery leadership and management are...

The importance of reflexivity in data collection methods for qualitative midwifery research

In the field of nursing and midwifery research, interviews serve as a commonly used and reliable method for data collection. Nevertheless, novice researchers may not fully grasp the complexities of...

A midwife's reflective writing in lactation and grief

On 24 April 2019, I gave birth to my second baby, Hugo, who was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia during early pregnancy. Despite our preparations, Hugo's condition was severe, and he...

Initial care during miscarriage in the emergency department: a discussion of international context

Abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding are typical signs of pregnancy complications, and usually prompt women to seek healthcare (Mwilike et al, 2018). In Brunei Darussalam, women experiencing a...

Where are you really from? Racial microaggressions and how to be an ally or active bystander

Racial microaggressions, by their nature, are subtle slights or insults based on a person's race, that may go unnoticed by their perpetrator or those other than the recipient (Smith and Griffiths,...

Why breast milk matters

The most recent comprehensive review of breastfeeding was published in the Lancet in 2016 by Victora et al (2016). This included 28 systematic reviews and meta-analyses from low-, middle- and...

Interprofessional education after the pandemic: lessons learned and future considerations

Before lockdowns were enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic, interprofessional education as part of midwifery education was undertaken primarily using face-to-face methods (Luyben et al, 2020; Sy et...

Exploring informed consent in midwifery care

Faden and Beauchamp (1989) suggested that historically, the fundamentals of informed consent as we understand them in a contemporary context, are a relatively recent development in medical ethics,...

The historiography of puerperal psychosis: a Cinderella sub-specialty

George Mora (1965) described modern psychiatry starting at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. This coincided with the publication of Pinel's (1806) ‘treatise on mental...

A post-structuralist feminist analysis of electronic fetal monitoring in labour

Young (1984) describes a pregnant woman experiencing birth as a dialectic state, a fluid and changing relationality as the woman–placenta–fetus becomes mother–baby. The woman neither controls the...

Providing care to couples experiencing pregnancy loss

A couple’s experience of pregnancy loss, how they cope and their role in supporting and caring for each other during the loss may be complex and difficult to understand. Childbirth generally, whether...

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