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Admission to delivery suites: the importance of antenatal education

Brunei is a higher income nation in southeast Asia where approximately two-thirds of its population are of Malay origin (Abdul-Mumin, 2016). It has a population of 459 500 with an estimated 6000...

Does training affect understanding of implicit bias and care of black, Asian and minority ethnic babies?

The training package created during this project aimed to bring to the forefront the inequity faced by mothers from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups by enabling midwives to reflect on the...

Lived experiences of women with memories of childbirth

The experiences of childbirth memories were narrated against the background of women attempting to live their lives in the present while coping with changes in their lives that accompanied the birth...

Cystic fibrosis and caseload midwifery

Paramothayan (2019) describes cystic fibrosis as an autosomal recessive disorder affecting 1 in 2500 live births and cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited genetic disorder in the Caucasian...

A clinical update on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome during pregnancy, birth and beyond

For those with hEDS/HSD, pregnancy is generally well tolerated (Karthikeyan and Venkat-Raman, 2018; Volkov et al, 2018). Yet, in terms of getting pregnant, lower rates of fertility have been reported...

Reflecting on why surgical swabs are being left behind and exploring how this could be prevented

In medical literature, retained surgical swabs are referred to as ‘gossypiboma’ (Williams et al, 1978; Zbar et al, 1998; Kiernan et al, 2008). The etymology for gossypiboma appears to derive from...

The marginalisation of midwifery in medicalised pregnancy and childbirth: a qualitative study

In many places across the globe, midwives are the first caregivers of pregnant women and parturient (Sandall et al, 2016) Nonetheless, significant differences exist in the organisation of midwifery...

From handover to takeover: should we consider a new conceptual model of communication?

Clinical handover has long been an important topic among both clinicians and academics interested and involved in patient safety in healthcare It is widely recognised that clinical handover represents...

Exploring the experiences of student midwives completing the newborn infant physical examination: part 2

This is the final article in a two-part series which explores the experiences of student midwives undertaking the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) Part one explains the background to the...

Exploring the experiences of student midwives completing the newborn infant physical examination

The newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) is a screening programme delivered by Public Health England ([PHE], 2019), consisting of screening of the eyes, heart, hips, and testes (in male...

Autonomy and its impact on midwifery practice

Autonomy is not a new concept in midwifery Although not explicit, the term autonomy has been embedded in the definition of a midwife (International Confederation of Midwives [ICM], 2011) Reiterated in...

The impact of birth-related injury and pain on breastfeeding outcomes

Human milk is acknowledged to be the optimum source of nutrition for infants, while also being beneficial to maternal health (Victora et al, 2016) As such, the World Health Organization ([WHO], 2019)...

The Scottish Clinical Supervision Model for midwives

The recent removal of statutory supervision for midwives has left maternity care managers with responsibility for ensuring that alternative processes of guidance are introduced to improve the quality...

Does ‘the bioscience problem’ need to be investigated within midwifery?

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) define midwifery as working in partnership with women to provide holistic care which optimises normal biological mechanisms and cultural experiences...

Women's experiences of outpatient induction of labour

Approximately 326% of labours in the UK are induced, either before or after the estimated due date (NHS Digital, 2018) This number has increased by 122% in the past 10 years (NHS Digital, 2018) and is...

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