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Ankyloglossia management: a collaborative approach to educating healthcare professionals

Prior to 2013, there was, and remains, a lack of formal educational programmes available across the UK for the management of tongue tie, which includes training for division of the frenulum. Others...

Cystic fibrosis and caseload midwifery

Paramothayan (2019) describes cystic fibrosis as an autosomal recessive disorder affecting 1 in 2500 live births and cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited genetic disorder in the Caucasian...

Learning in lockdown: exploring the impact of COVID-19 on interprofessional education

The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) was established in 1987 and is a UK-based charity, whose main aim is to champion the importance of interprofessional education in...

Postpartum haemorrhage and synthetic oxytocin dilutions in labour

In their early careers, both authors observed minute blood losses after spontaneous labours. Later returning to work on a labour ward, Monica was surprised to find major postpartum haemorrhage being...

Care strategies before entering pregnant mothers to the operating room and after birth during COVID-19

Newborn babies could become infected after close contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2. Other problems, such as premature delivery, have been reported for mothers who have tested positive for...

Understanding Mordel: obtaining informed consent for trisomy screening

Screening for fetal anomalies during the antenatal period remains a controversial issue in midwifery and reproductive health practice. The traditional ‘Down's syndrome’ antenatal screening pathway is...

Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2

There is a national ambition to provide women with the power and autonomy of choice; however, the development of the concept of New Professional Management is problematic for this ideal. Understanding...

Teaching Compassionate Mind Training to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) aim to help people cultivate compassion for self and others. CFT was created to help people respond to self-criticism and shame...

The NMC Code and its application to the role of the midwife in antenatal care: a student perspective

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are experts in normal pregnancy and birth (Horton and Astudillo, 2014; NMC, 2015a). Antenatally, midwives care for women in pregnancy from conception to...

Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 1

Midwifery in the UK is underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC, 2018) ‘The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates’. ‘The...

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,...

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