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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...

Where are the consultant midwives?

Nearly two decades ago, the role of the consultant midwife was recognised at national level across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and more recently in Wales In England, the role was introduced by...

Consent for newborn screening and storage of blood samples

Newborn bloodspot screening is seen as one of the most important public health initiatives and is practised in most high-income countries In England, newborn bloodspot screening is introduced to...

A review of midwifery leadership

Manchester coroner Lisa Hashmi identified ‘poor midwifery leadership and staffing levels as well as ambiguities in the Trust's guidelines’ (Gray, 2016) as key factors in the death of a newborn baby...

Learning through reflection

An essential element of continual, evolving midwifery is the need for midwives to critically reflect on their practice in order to inform and improve care for childbearing women Reflection involves...

Continuity of carer and application of the Code: how student midwives can be agents of change

It is clear from the literature that there can be many significant advantages to caseload midwifery in terms of health outcomes for women and their babies These advantages include reduced incidence of...

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