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As a midwife ‘you must respect a woman's right to confidentiality’: A Northern Ireland perspective

There are pro fes sional standards of practice and behav iour to which a registered midwife must adhere, which are set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Coun cil (NMC) One such obligation is confiden...

Being ‘with woman’ in contemporary midwifery practice: One Trust's response to the Francis report

While the report of the inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (Francis, 2013) largely focused on the failings in the nursing and medical professions, it was also a reminder to the...

‘Bump, Baby and Beyond’: Participant-led antenatal sessions using creative collaboration

The publication of the Francis report (Francis, 2013) led to a recommendation for greater emphasis on interventions to support frontline clinical teams to perform effectively The Patients First...

Decision-making in midwifery: A tripartite clinical decision

This paper aims to consider clinical decision-making within midwifery and critically analyse three decision-making approaches—the hypothetico-deductive approach, the intuitive-humanistic approach and...

Supporting an ethnic minority woman's choice for pain relief in labour: A reflection

Communication is seldom thought of as a high-priority instrument in improving maternal outcomes; however, when it is timely, fitting to the situation and meets the individual needs of the woman and...

Antiepileptic drug management during pregnancy: A shared decision approach

It is estimated that there are 81 500 women of childbearing potential (aged 12–50 years) in England with a diagnosis of epilepsy who are prescribed antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) (National Institute for...

Are we getting the message across? Women's perceptions of public health messages in pregnancy

The potential for midwives to have a long-term impact on families by engaging purposefully in their public health role has been more clearly recognised in recent years, with publications such as...

Can maternity care move beyond risk? Implications for midwifery as a profession

Changes in society, including higher levels of education in the population and higher expectations of health services, have resulted in a belief that risk can be controlled or even prevented, and...

Part 2: A model for evidence-based decision-making in midwifery care

This is the second part of a two-part paper in which a new model of evidence-based decision-making for midwifery is proposed In part 1, the case was made for a fit-for-purpose decision-making model on...

Part 1: A model for evidence-based decision-making in midwifery care

Decision-making in midwifery care differs from that of many other areas of health care Midwives work with primarily healthy women who are going through a normal physiological process, but also a...

Maternity care for undocumented migrant women: The impact of charging for care

Migrant access to public welfare, including health care, has become increasingly contested throughout Europe In the UK, public services in particular, but also private citizens and civil society...

Living with autism: What's your superpower? A personal reflection

This article provides an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) incorporating the carer and user perspectives linked to maternity services, based on the author's personal experience It discusses...

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