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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...

Creating a dedicated home birth team in Tower Hamlets: a review of outcomes from the first year

The majority (approximately 87%) of births in the UK take place in a hospital-based obstetric unit (National Audit Office, 2013) with the remainder in midwifery-led settings such as birth centres or...

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,...

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...

An audit into supervisors of midwives experience of supervision

An audit was undertaken to explore supervisors of midwives' (SoMs') experience of supervision across a local supervising authority (LSA) Supervision forms part of the professional regulation for...

Born before arrival: Supervision in action

Incident reporting at Birmingham Women's Foundation NHS Trust identified an increase in the numbers of babies born before the arrival (or attendance) (BBA) of a midwife in both an unplanned or planned...

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