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Ageing workforce, inadequate recruitment and poor retention The UK nursing and midwifery workforce is ageing, and this is already having a considerable impact on services In 2001, the largest...

A modified early obstetric warning system

For the majority of women childbearing is a normal life event Physiological adaptations usually ensure a woman has a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery However, the increased...

Family Nurse Partnership: Meeting the needs of teenage mothers

While it is acknowledged that not all teenage pregnancies are unplanned or result in a substandard or negative life-course for mother and/or child (Duncan et al, 2010), there is a substantial body of...

Engaging critically with the concept of advancing professional practice

In recent years, the role of the midwife has been expanded beyond what was traditionally seen as its core responsibilities This has been in response to a number of service demands and the changing...

Welcome to my café: Facilitating a domestic abuse workshop for midwives

The World Café was developed in the mid-1990s as an innovative approach to collaborative thinking (Brown, 2001; Brown and Isaacs, 2005; Schieffer et al, 2004) Brown and Isaacs (2005) describe the...

Reducing post-dates induction numbers with post-dates complementary therapy clinics

In 2012/2013, over 23% of pregnant women in England underwent induction of labour (IOL) (Birth Choice UK, 2013a) Across 11 trusts in Anglia in 2013, these rates ranged from 18 to 29% (Birth Choice...

Public health and wellbeing: A matter for the midwife?

Public health is an important part of the midwife's role Naidoo and Wills (2000: 181) define public health as: A concern for the health of the whole population A concern for the...

The social media revolution

Since the introduction of social media, there has been much discussion about its use in professional practice Within many of the health professions this discussion has been directed towards the...

Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternity Encountered Deaths

The Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternity Encountered Deaths (CALMED) project aims to send vocational training teams (VTTs) to provide training for a group of ‘master trainers’ in two different...

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