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Family economic resilience and early childhood parenting practices

Family plays an important role in child care, which influences the success of the nation's plan to realise a ‘golden Indonesia’. This concept prioritises family development to encourage creation of a...

Midwifery higher education: who are we and who do we teach?

In March 2023, the professional body for midwives, the RCM (2023), sent freedom of information requests to the 55 UK universities providing midwifery education at the time, to gather data for the...

Building strong foundations in leadership and management for midwifery students

There are a limited number of studies concerning midwifery leadership and management, even more so in terms of studies that relate to students. In addition, midwifery leadership and management are...

Combating female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation can be practised anywhere, but according to UNICEF (2023) data, the highest risk groups are from Africa and Indonesia. Data from the Somali health and demographic survey...

British Journal of Midwifery peer reviewers 2023

Every issue of the British Journal of Midwifery is dependent on an essential team of peer reviewers to bring our readers the very best midwifery research and clinical content.

Reflecting on 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, I find myself looking back over the past year, and considering the wide range of research studies, professional articles and clinical pieces that the British Journal of...

Supporting maternity teams

Poor teamworking and human factors have consistently been identified as contributary factors within avoidable harm in maternity care in the UK (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2021;...

Is access to NHS tongue tie services equitable for mothers and babies in the UK?

All babies are born with a lingual frenulum (mucous membrane tissue under the tongue) that is part of normal oral anatomy. Ankyloglossia is defined as ‘a congenital anomaly characterised by an...

Pregnancy care for maternal and fetal wellbeing: an ethnography study

This research was conducted by a research team, which included a team leader, who was a maternity specialist nurse and researcher, as well as several other members, both male and female, who had...

Fear of childbirth in nulliparous and multiparous women in Australia

A total of 141 nulliparous women and 212 multiparous women completed the W-DEQ and FoBS questionnaires (the primary outcome). The DASS questionnaire was completed by 138 nulliparous women and 204...

Kathleen's journey: improving mental health outcomes for women with bipolar affective disorder

Given the statistics related to women with bipolar affective disorder, promoting interdisciplinary mental health services is critical across the perinatal period (Knight et al, 2022). The specialist...

The importance of reflexivity in data collection methods for qualitative midwifery research

In the field of nursing and midwifery research, interviews serve as a commonly used and reliable method for data collection. Nevertheless, novice researchers may not fully grasp the complexities of...

A midwife's reflective writing in lactation and grief

On 24 April 2019, I gave birth to my second baby, Hugo, who was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia during early pregnancy. Despite our preparations, Hugo's condition was severe, and he...

Transgender debate and midwifery

Clive James (2007) wrote that at a 1931 premiere of Charlie Chaplin's film, City Lights, Chaplin told Albert Einstein, ‘they cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no-one...

Reports highlight inequalities in care

The last month has seen two key reports for midwifery and maternity services published: the Care Quality Commission's (CQC, 2023) state of care report, and MBRRACE-UK's (2023) final report on saving...

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