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Midwives' role in screening for antenatal depression and postnatal depression

Part of the midwives' role is to be vigilant towards detecting mental health problems that childbearing women may already have or develop Perinatal depression disorders (PDD) and antenatal depression...

Supporting childbearing women who are at risk of having their baby removed at birth

Applications for babies to be taken in to care at birth are at a national high. This results in significantly impaired life outcomes. A cycle of maltreatment model is presented. Social stigma,...

Measuring women's experiences of childbirth using the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

The 10-item Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is a multi-factorial psychometrically robust tool developed for the purpose of measuring women's experiences of labour and childbirth (Hollins...

Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: why is it fundamental?

Vitamin D, known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is made in the skin in response to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, and once activated in the body to the hormone calcitriol (1,25 dihydroxy-vitamin D), it...

Guidance for the provision of antenatal services during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus, a new strain of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-COV-2) causing COVID-19, had...

A report on a quality improvement initiative to increase midwives' confidence in attending home birth

Aquality improvement project was initiated with the aim of increasing home birth within a London NHS trust In 2016, the ‘Better Births’ report (NHS, 2016) was published As an early adopter for the...

Neonatal resuscitation: ‘room side to motherside’

From the moment of birth, around 90% of neonates initiate spontaneous respiration within 30 seconds (Resuscitation Council UK, 2016) For approximately 10% of neonates, this process takes a little...

The SAPlings project: an alternative antenatal care pathway

Antenatal care in Oxfordshire is predominantly a shared-care model based on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) antenatal care pathway Care is based in GP surgeries or...

The Scottish Clinical Supervision Model for midwives

The recent removal of statutory supervision for midwives has left maternity care managers with responsibility for ensuring that alternative processes of guidance are introduced to improve the quality...

Does ‘the bioscience problem’ need to be investigated within midwifery?

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) define midwifery as working in partnership with women to provide holistic care which optimises normal biological mechanisms and cultural experiences...

People with learning disabilities accessing maternity services

Public Health England has estimated that 1 087 100 people in England, including 930 400 adults, have a degree of learning difficulty (Public Health England Learning Disabilities Observatory, 2015)...

Setting up a home birth service in East London: lessons learned and reflections on the first year

Women in the UK can choose to give birth in any of four locations: obstetric unit, alongside midwifery led unit, freestanding midwifery-led unit or their own home Evidence shows how giving birth at...

Never be afraid to question practice: the professional dilemma of a student midwife

Midwives must be autonomous practitioners, a stipulation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2018) This article will present a case study in which I was presented with the challenge of...

Promoting evidence-based practice and raising concerns: considerations for the newly-qualified midwife

Newly-qualified midwives are expected to be safe, competent practitioners and are responsible for providing high standards of care for women and babies (Phelan et al, 2014); however, for many midwives...

The role of the PMA and barriers to the successful implementation of restorative clinical supervision

As a profession, there have been recent changes to improve the quality and effectiveness of care and learn from significant incidents The need for change and improved support became apparent following...

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