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Moving talks at the Primary Care Show

A few weeks ago, I attended this year's Primary Care Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. I was very pleased to be able to speak with some of you about the journal and have the time...

Supporting families with baby loss

My name is Kirsty Knight, and I founded 4Louis with my parents, Bob and Tracey McGurrell, after losing my first child, Louis, to stillbirth in 2009. Louis' death turned our world upside down, and it...

Maternal mental health and breastfeeding duration: the role of optimism and coping strategies

Participants were recruited using an existing database of 1505 individuals who had previously taken part in studies on breastfeeding carried out by the second author and colleagues (Keevash et al,...

Digital mentoring on expressing breast milk for working mothers

This quasi-experimental study was a randomised control group, using a pre-test, post-test design. The participants were women recruited while pregnant for the previous study, who had since given...

Measure to improve: a pilot study of Birthrate Plus in the Netherlands

Birthrate Plus has been validated as a patient acuity measurement tool in the UK (Royal College of Midwives, 2018). To assess its value in a different setting, and to measure staffing levels, a pilot...

Anaemia prevalence and risk factors in pregnant women in Oman: a retrospective case-control study

The study used a retrospective design to identify pregnant women with anaemia by examining medical records from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in...

Delivering care to women with congenital heart disease: the role of clinical nurse specialist

The joint cardiac and obstetric service at the Royal Brompton and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, was established by Professor Phillip Steer and Dr Jane Sommerville in 1988. This was then expanded...

Threat to low-risk birth environments

While all areas of maternity services are currently struggling, the past 3 years in the UK have placed the provision of low-risk labour care at a serious disadvantage (National Institute for Health...

Prisons and midwifery

‘…if a pregnant woman receives a prison sentence, she may come directly from a violent domestic background, which “increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, and injury or death...

Smoking during pregnancy: latest data

Smoking during pregnancy can have significant consequences for mother and baby, and increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and preterm birth (National Childbirth Trust, 2018; NHS, 2019). The...

Support for antenatal screening

‘The support I received was outstanding…I would have really struggled without it. Even recently, I have been in touch about a new pregnancy. I would advise anyone who has received bad news during a...

Bouncing your way to labour and birth using biomechanics and fetal optimal positioning

A retrospective review of all pregnancy records at the advanced midwife practitioner service was undertaken. The pre-intervention group (labour hopscotch) included all women who attended the service...

Qualitative service evaluation of a rural midwife-led ultrasound service: listening to women

A qualitative service evaluation was used to explore patient experience in a health board in Wales, using a deductive approach. This approach was chosen to assess if the ultrasound service is...

Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding among Chinese mothers in the first 6 months

A prospective study design was used to explore exclusive breastfeeding duration in the first 6 months postpartum in China. The study was carried out at a tertiary hospital in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province...

The role of egg consumption in the first 1001 days of life: a narrative review

For this narrative review, PubMed was searched to identify key articles published between 2019 and 2024 investigating egg consumption during pregnancy, breastfeeding and/or infancy. The following...

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