Maternity & Midwifery Forum

Nutrition and eating well from pre-conception to age five

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First Steps Nutrition Trust: Celebrating 10 years providing independent, evidence-based information on nutrition and eating well from pre-conception to age five to support the work of UK health care professionals First Steps Nutrition Trust is a UK-focused, independent public health nutrition charity predominantly working in the early years. We’re 10......

Midwifery students’ experiences of being bullied on placement

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Bullying and mistreatment of students, and other members of the maternity team, has been an ongoing challenge across health services, both nationally and abroad. Tanya Capper, a midwifery educationalist from Australia, presents a study on the experiences of student midwives on clinical placement in the UK. The process of the......

Climate Change for Maternity and Midwifery

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A hostile environment is growing towards midwifery. Death threats on social media to the General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives. Royal Colleges write to the Times deploring abuse of staff. Midwives and their allies need to support the RCM and their General Secretary Gill Walton. How has it......

The Student Midwife Experience Festival | 10 November 2021

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Visit the Student Midwife Experience website. The 1st National Student Midwife Experience Festival takes place on Wednesday 10 November online and with a networking hub and exhibition in Manchester. Created with student midwives for student midwives and brought to you by The Student Midwife Journal, All4Maternity, The Nursing and Midwifery......

Midwifery staffing shortage: midwives voices

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Photo courtesy of Unsplash A few weeks ago I posted a blog that discussed midwifery staffing shortage. It provoked an unprecedented response from midwives in the UK highlighting some of the current challenges they face. It seemed only right to follow up on that article, especially since another news report......

The Hepatitis-B Antenatal Screening and selective neonatal immunisation quality improvement project: improving the quality of care of women with hepatitis B in pregnancy and their babies

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Photo courtesy Mat Napo on Unsplash This programme is unique in the childhood immunisation programme because actually what we are doing here is vaccinating these babies against a disease to which they have already been exposed so the timeliness of these vaccines is absolutely vital. A review of the hepatitis......

World Breastfeeding Week 2021

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Photo courtesy Public Health England World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security. The event is organised every year......

Midwifery Education Practice in Uganda

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Bike ambulance driver Grace Kakyo transports a patient in northern Uganda. Photo courtesy CA Bikes Alternatives to traditional ambulances are improving health access In the absence of an ambulance, patients — especially women in labor — have challenges accessing the nearest health facility. In some districts in Africa, women travel......

Conversations around race, racism and ’unconscious bias’

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There have been a number of reports over the past year pointing to poor outcomes for black and brown women during pregnancy and childbirth. Benash Nazmeen, Specialist cultural liaison midwife and Illyin Morrison, founder of Mixing up motherhood, discuss the race, rhetoric and “unconscious bias” across maternity services. They explore......

Featured ‘Another Listen’ : Demands for respectful care across global maternity services

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Kay King, Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance in the UK, highlights the work of the global “What Women Want Campaign” and points to the in depth “Another Listen” report. This gives insightful responses of women’s expectations for humanised and respectful care across the world. In the most recent......