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Are specially trained midwives the right professionals to perform the newborn physical examination?

It is widely accepted that the midwife, having received specialist training, is the appropriate health professional to conduct the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) on low-risk infants...

A better start for Bradford?

Despite the wide and longstanding recognition that continuity of carer reduces com plications in the childbirth continuum, in addition to increasing women's and midwives' satisfaction (Department of...

Storytelling in midwifery: Is it time to value our oral tradition?

The generation of knowledge in midwifery arguably occurs through a kind of ‘storytelling’ rather than through scientific facts, but the prevalence of scientific knowledge has come to dominate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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