Maternity & Midwifery Forum

Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Demands

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Midwives worldwide are struggling to meet the needs of women and babies. In this article Kay King, Executive Director of the White Ribbon Alliance UK shares the outcomes of the global Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Demands survey and campaign, pointing to what is wanted to improve care in the UK _______________________________________________________________......

Your little boy has hydrocephalus…

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Hydrocephalus is a serious condition which has implications for long-term effects. It needs to be recognised early. In this article Caroline Coates, Founder of Harry’s HAT (Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust), shares her story and guides midwives on the importance of the right care. _______________________________________________________________ Your little boy has hydrocephalus… What do......

My Uterus

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Last week a leaked report indicated the US courts may overturn the right to have an abortion. In the article below Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, artist & midwife, reflects on this decision and on the importance of her uterus.    ________________________________________________________________   A recent report on the possible abandonment of the landmark......

Volunteering on the Poland-Ukraine border

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It is 10 weeks since we have been hearing of the conflict in Ukraine.  As we enter the week celebrating the International Day of the Midwife it is fitting that we share this poignant article written by midwife Wanda (Wendy) Warrington from Bury, Lancashire. She describes the traumatic experiences of......

Midwifery: the joy and the struggle

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In recent months, and over the past few years, there has been a lot to challenge midwives across the world. In this week of the International Day of the Midwife, Mary Renfrew, Professor Emeritus, University of Dundee, reaches out to students and newly qualified midwives, encouraging us all to reflect......

Gestational Diabetes in Black and Asian communities: creation of a pregnancy recipe book

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There is currently a public health concern around the increase of Type 2 diabetes in the UK after gestational diabetes. In this article Laura Bridle, perinatal mental health midwife at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, describes the development of a culturally sensitive recipe book to aid prevention across......

Silence is Never Golden- Midwives and women speaking out

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In the recent Ockenden report about a UK maternity trust it was pointed out that midwives and staff had been prevented from speaking out. In this article Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife and psychotherapist, discusses the issues of speaking out in the current health climate.   Silence is Never Golden- Midwives......

MATFLIX- education packages for midwives and maternity services

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MATFLIX- education packages for midwives and maternity services If you have been following the Maternity and Midwifery forum for a while, or new to it, you will have seen the logo for MATFLIX and may not have had the time to find out more. The title is a nod to......

Humanising childbirth in the aftermath of the Final Ockenden Report

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Humanising childbirth in the aftermath of the Final Ockenden Report: continuity of relationship and listening to women, partners, and families Standing back, taking a considered view, and thinking about how we might build on the Final Report of the Ockenden Review to put women, their babies, and families at the......