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Informed consent

Understanding Mordel: obtaining informed consent for trisomy screening

Screening for fetal anomalies during the antenatal period remains a controversial issue in midwifery and reproductive health practice. The traditional ‘Down's syndrome’ antenatal screening pathway is...

Consent for newborn screening and storage of blood samples

Newborn bloodspot screening is seen as one of the most important public health initiatives and is practised in most high-income countries In England, newborn bloodspot screening is introduced to...

Supporting an ethnic minority woman's choice for pain relief in labour: A reflection

Communication is seldom thought of as a high-priority instrument in improving maternal outcomes; however, when it is timely, fitting to the situation and meets the individual needs of the woman and...

Informing clients of risk: Immediate implications of a landmark supreme court decision

On 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (2015) UKSC 11, a case involving the failure of an obstetrician to warn a pregnant woman with...

Helping women prepare for hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting affects around 80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser degree making it the most common medical condition in pregnancy (Gadsby and Barnie-Adshead, 2011) Around 30% of women...

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