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Outcomes following waterbirth: review of the latest study

Debra
In this blog, Dianne Garland, waterbirth expert, reviews a recent study on waterbirths in the United States, discussing the implication for midwives.   Maternal and neonatal outcomes following waterbirth: a cohort study of 17,530 waterbirths and 17,530 propensity score-matched land births Marit L. Bovbjerg, Melissa Cheyney, Aaron B. Caughey First......
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Supporting the perinatal needs of Fathers: New resources

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International Men’s day was on the 19th November. To mark it Jeremy Davies explores the resources provided by the Fatherhood Institute to support the needs of fathers. There’s a huge lack of well-written, evidence-based information designed specifically to help men navigate their personal journeys into fatherhood – and we know......
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The state of health care and adult social care in England 2020/21

Debra
 https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20211021_stateofcare2021_print.pdf In the current backdrop of ongoing COVID 19 cases across the UK the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the current regulator for health and social care, has produced their report of the state of the services in England. Though the report is a summary across all services it does include......
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Introducing the Maternal Journal : supporting wellbeing through pregnancy and beyond

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Laura Godfrey Isaacs, midwife and artist and Samantha McGowan, communications and content producer, explain the aims and development of the newly published Maternal Journal book, alongside the global journal groups.   Introducing the Maternal Journal : supporting wellbeing through pregnancy and beyond   Hello, we’re two mothers from South London,......
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Last chance saloon or a ray of hope? COP26 climate change and midwifery practice

Debra
In this important blog, Lorna Davies RM, PHD. PGCE(A), Principal Lecturer, School of Midwifery, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand, discusses the COP 26 climate summit. She calls  for midwives, as public health professionals, to be aware and responsive to the current climate emergency.   On 31st October 2021, the 26th UN......
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Midwives under fire-the reality of life in Afghanistan

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A news report this week bore the headline ‘Gunmen killed a midwife who refused to leave a woman in labour’. It is a harrowing read, including the story of Maryam Noorzad who was supporting a woman to give birth as terrorists burst into her hospital in 2020 and shot her......
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Surviving in Today’s NHS: What Student Midwives Need to Know

Debra
During their training, student midwives learn essential skills for the preservation of life. For the safety of women and other birthing people, students learn how to identify and manage illness and emergency, how to facilitate physiological birth, how to support parents during necessary interventions, and how to lay the foundations......
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Continuity of Carer – Workplace Toolkit

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Delivering Midwifery Continuity of Carer at full scale: Guidance on planning, implementation and monitoring 2021/22 is the most recent guidance released from NHS England. Read the report here: Delivering Midwifery Continuity of Carer at full scale Get the toolkit here: Continuity of Carer Workforce Modelling Tool The purpose of the......
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Strengthening global midwifery: Starting the journey in the United Arab Emirates

Debra
In an ongoing series of blogs, two UK midwives, Georgina Sosa and Maeve O’Connell, will be sharing their journey of supporting development of midwifery in another global setting. In this first post, Maeve  reflects on the beginning of their role. Strengthening global midwifery: Starting the journey in the United Arab......