Safety

Helping student midwives become safe practitioners: effective teaching of cardiotocograph interpretation

The ‘Saving babies’ lives' care bundle identified effective fetal monitoring during labour as one of four key areas of care to reduce the number of stillbirths and early neonatal deaths in the UK...

‘Where do you want to have your baby?’ Women's narratives of how they chose their birthplace

‘Where do you want to have your baby?’ Most women are faced with this question at their very first midwife appointment So it is not surprising that ‘choice’ is one of the mantras of the modern age...

The influence of women's perceived entitlement to have postnatal depression on the disclosure process

Maternal postnatal depression (PND) has far-reaching consequences, with research identifying the potential impact of PND on the woman (Cooper and Murray, 1995), infant (O'Hara and McCabe, 2013), the...

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

Drug administration in midwifery: Confusion, illegal practice and the supervisor of midwives

A published audit (Birch and Culshaw, 2003) and personal experience provides evidence that midwives sometimes administer prescription-only medicines (POM) in the absence of an emergency without a...

Is the evidence on waterbirth watertight?

Waterbirth has been recognised as a clinically effective means to reduce the intensity of pain during normal physiological labour and increase women's satisfaction with their birth experiences...

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