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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...

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...

Values-based recruitment and the NHS Constitution: Making sure student midwives meet the brief

This article will discuss values-based recruitment (VBR) in the context of the selection and recruitment of student midwives to a 3-year undergraduate midwifery programme and discuss how the qualities...

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...

Welcome to class: A survival guide for commencing student midwives

Congratulations! Out of the thousands of applicants, you were successful and are now at the start of your training This is where the really hard work starts as you learn to juggle your home life with...

Expanding the service: Goodwin Trust volunteer doula project

The Goodwin volunteer doulas prove the old adage that volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless

Contemporary midwifery practice: Art, science or both?

This article will consider the debate as to whether contemporary midwifery care should be based on policies and guidelines underpinned by systematic review (positivism), or based on evidence derived...

Striving for excellence in maternity care: The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary

Asylum seekers are people who have fled their home country due to a fear of being persecuted, and are awaiting a decision as to whether their asylum claim is accepted by the government of the country...

What do service users want and who cares?

The word midwife originates from Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid meaning ‘with’ and wife in the archaic sense of meaning ‘woman’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2015) The current...

Are midwives ready for revalidation?

From April 2016 the only way midwives and nurses will be able to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be through a process called revalidation, the purpose of...

There's an app for that—but how do we know if it's a good one?

Mobile applications date back to the end of the 20th century and were typically novel additions to the core phone functions, such as a calculator or a small arcade game But from around 2007, when...

Ensuring practice is based on the best evidence: Masterclass on literature searching

Midwives must ‘always practise in line with the best available evidence’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015a: 7) in order to provide safe and effective care The purpose of the revised Code and...

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