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Service Audit

Midwives' evaluation of their role in crowdsourcing activities to improve the maternity experience: part 1

Quality in healthcare services has been a contentious subject over the past decade Recent reports have highlighted previously unacceptable poor practice in failing NHS Trusts (Francis, 2013; Kirkup,...

Managing gestational diabetes mellitus: Audit data of outcomes for women and neonates

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as glucose intolerance, increased insulin resistance and usually occurring in the second trimester of pregnancy (HAPO Study Cooperative Research Group,...

Improving induction of labour for women through the development of a new pathway

Induction of labour, whereby the onset of labour is stimulated using either pharmacological or mechanical methods, is one of the most common obstetric procedures carried out in the UK (McCarthy and...

Detection of breech presentation: Abdominal palpation and hand-held scanning by midwives

The ‘sign up to safety’ initiative (NHS Litigation Authority, 2016) was introduced in 2016 to support improvements in care, and to reduce the number of stillbirths, as part of the Royal College of...

‘Freedom to flourish’: University of Salford student midwives' placement link with the Isle of Man

The relationship between the Jane Crookall Maternity Unit on the Isle of Man and the University of Salford developed when midwives from the island accessed the post-qualifying Examination of the...

Impact of a maternal sepsis training package on maternity staff compliance with Trust guidelines

Maternal sepsis is now the leading cause of direct maternal death in the UK (Knight et al, 2015), as well as being a major cause of maternal death and morbidity worldwide (Bamfo, 2013) Arulkumaran and...

Development of a home induction of labour framework

Approximately 25% of pregnant women in the UK have their labour induced (Kelly et al, 2013) At a national level, it is recommended that women be offered a membrane sweep to avoid the need for...

Choice of planned place of birth for women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an asymptomatic pregnancy-related condition normally identified by initial screening followed by diagnostic testing (Carr, 2001) The condition is a risk factor...

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