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Setting up a home birth service in East London: lessons learned and reflections on the first year

Women in the UK can choose to give birth in any of four locations: obstetric unit, alongside midwifery led unit, freestanding midwifery-led unit or their own home Evidence shows how giving birth at...

Never be afraid to question practice: the professional dilemma of a student midwife

Midwives must be autonomous practitioners, a stipulation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2018) This article will present a case study in which I was presented with the challenge of...

Promoting evidence-based practice and raising concerns: considerations for the newly-qualified midwife

Newly-qualified midwives are expected to be safe, competent practitioners and are responsible for providing high standards of care for women and babies (Phelan et al, 2014); however, for many midwives...

The role of the PMA and barriers to the successful implementation of restorative clinical supervision

As a profession, there have been recent changes to improve the quality and effectiveness of care and learn from significant incidents The need for change and improved support became apparent following...

The importance of language in maternity services

Communication is imperative for high-quality, safe healthcare (Levinson et al, 2010; Vermeir et al, 2015; Foronda et al, 2016) Communication between patients, health professionals and local...

Collaborative coaching and learning in midwifery clinical placements

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) education framework contains standards for student supervision (NMC, 2018) that intend to change the way student nurses and midwives are supported and...

An evidence-based toolkit to support grading of pre-registration midwifery practice

It is well documented (Heaslip and Scammell, 2012; Bennett and McGowan, 2014) that grading practice is not an easy task and can be open to subjectivity, ambiguity, confusion and grade inflation...

Restorative clinical supervision: a reflection

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) holds the overall responsibility for regulation of midwives Following the removal of statutory supervision in 2017, a new model of employer-led supervision,...

How can ways of working with others be developed to improve perinatal mental health care?

NHS England (National Maternity Review, 2016) has a national drive to provide better perinatal mental healthcare to significantly improve the wellbeing of women, babies and families In 2016, 23% of...

The profile of professional midwifery leadership in England

The past decade has seen significant, system-wide changes to the midwifery profession

The loaded die: Parenting with learning disabilities and the role of the midwife in Scotland

A learning disability has been described as a significant, lifelong condition that starts before adulthood and affects a person's development, meaning they need help to understand information, learn...

Legal and ethical considerations for midwives performing the neonatal infant physical examination

The newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) is a national screening programme in the UK that involves a full physical assessment, history-taking, health promotion and education (Baker, 2010)...

Is it shift length or working practices that most affect midwives' wellbeing and ability to safely deliver care?

In 2016, the results from the NHS Staff Survey revealed that midwives reported the highest levels of work-related stress, more than any other NHS staff group (National NHS Staff Survey Co-ordination...

Operating department practitioners and midwives: The undervalued obstetric care collaboration

During a caesarean birth, the midwifery team is required to work with multiple professions as part of a unique team dynamic (Chief Nursing Officers of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,...

Pregnant women are doing it for themselves: Self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia screening is one of the cornerstones of antenatal care Early recognition of the disorder is linked to improved maternal and neonatal outcomes (Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC), 2004) and...

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