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Midwifery Sector News

Cut adrift: Pandemic leaves 16,000 pregnant women and new mothers without mental health support

Paul
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Up to 1 in 5 women will experience mental health problems in pregnancy or after birth and two thirds of women will hide or underplay their illness. These figures can only be expected to have been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 and yet new research by the Royal College......
Midwifery Sector News

Listening to fathers’ voices – #dadsMHday

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This week we marked International Fathers’ Mental Health Day, an annual event aimed at highlighting the unique mental health strengths and needs that fathers have. According to a recent survey, an alarming 65% of dads admit that having children negatively impacted their mental health, citing the top 5 contributing factors......
Midwifery Feature Articles

“Moral Distress” from Burnout

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The Select Committee on Health and social Care , Chaired by Jeremy Hunt published its findings on Workforce Burnout and Resilience in the NHS on the 8th June, just as the stress of lockdown is to be extended a month. Commenting on the report – Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive......
Midwifery Sector News

Participants invited to take part in a survey which explores the needs and care of perinatal women from ethnic minority backgrounds in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Paul
We are researchers from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking a project funded by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Local Maternity System. The study aims to explore the experiences of maternity care and mental health needs and support amongst ethnic minority women in Lancashire and South Cumbria. As......
Videos

Maternal Journal – Creative Journaling to Support Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Community Midwife at King’s College Hospital, presents: “Maternal Journal: creative journaling to support mental health & well-being” at the International Maternity Expo 2019. Find out more about International Maternity Expo: internationalmaternityexpo.com/...
Midwifery Sector News

“Body image is a stronger prediction of breastfeeding duration than weight.”

Paul
In 2014 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office published a report into the effects of body image during pregnancy and post-birth. The report concluded that midwives and health visitors should support women not to fixate on body image and to eat healthily during......