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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...

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...

Antenatal support for people with learning disabilities

In 2013, it was estimated that 1 068 000 people in England had a degree of a learning disability (Public Heath England, 2013), yet there are no accurate records of the numbers of parents with a...

Person-centred care in practice

While undertaking a Person-Centred Care in Practice (PCCiP) masters module, I began to reflect on relationships within maternity care I wondered if midwifery remained as the ultimate relational, women...

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...

What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep?

As autonomous, accountable practitioners, midwives are required to continually update their clinical knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality, safe and effective care (Nursing and...

Priority issues from 0–19

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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