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Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2

There is a national ambition to provide women with the power and autonomy of choice; however, the development of the concept of New Professional Management is problematic for this ideal. Understanding...

Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 1

Midwifery in the UK is underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC, 2018) ‘The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates’. ‘The...

Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’?

The World Health Organization (WHO, 2019a; 2019b) reported a 38% reduction in worldwide maternal mortality rate between 2000–2017 and a 50% reduction in the neonatal mortality rate between 1990–2018....

‘We are just obsessed with risk’: healthcare providers' views on choice of place of birth for women

It is a woman's right to make an informed choice regarding where she wishes to give birth (Birthrights, 2013) Globally, it is recommended that women's individual health needs should be taken into...

Multidisciplinary knowledge of local anaesthetic systemic toxicity in maternity care: A pilot study

Local anaesthetic (LA) agents are commonly used in all areas of healthcare, a fact that can be overlooked in maternity settings The frequency of LA use in maternity care is significant, and includes...

Can maternity care move beyond risk? Implications for midwifery as a profession

Changes in society, including higher levels of education in the population and higher expectations of health services, have resulted in a belief that risk can be controlled or even prevented, and...

Perceptions of risk: How they influence women's and health professionals' choices

Physiologically and culturally, women are programmed and supported to provide an optimum environment for their unborn baby

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...

Exploring the ‘good’ birth: What is it and why does it matter?

A core assumption of this article is that there is a need to investigate the relationship between a woman's experience of childbirth and her experience of motherhood Another assumption is that those...

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