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Maternity & Midwifery Hour Episode 8: Preventing post-traumatic stress disorder through compassionate care

Maternity & Midwifery Hour

Links and resources for our 27th May 2020 live stream

Episode 8: Preventing post-traumatic stress disorder through compassionate care

This weeks programme will be hosted as usual by Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery


Dr Jenny Patterson, Midwife and Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Diane Ménage, Lecturer in Midwifery at De Montfort University

The need for compassionate midwifery care for women and for midwives was identified in two separate pioneering research studies by and Dr Jenny Patterson and in this session their combined findings are explored. 

Sue, Jenny and Diane will present the implications for practice, the profession and, in the context of COVID-19, how compassion can be an effective intervention to reduce the long term impact on women and families, and on midwives themselves.

The video will be available to watch right here on Wednesday 27th May from 7:00 – 8:00pm.


Compassion references

Byrom S  Downe S   2015 The Roar behind the Silence  Pinter and Maartin

Gilbert P 2013  The Compassionate Mind   Constable 

Ménage, D., Bailey, E., Lees, S., and Coad, J. (2017) ‘A Concept Analysis of Compassionate Midwifery’. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73 (3), 558-573

Menage, D., Bailey, E., Lees, S., and Coad, J. (2020) ‘Women’s Lived Experience of Compassionate Midwifery: Human and Professional’. Midwifery 85, 102662

Patterson, J. Hollins Martin, C.J., Karatzias, T. (2019) Disempowered midwives and traumatised women: exploring the parallel processes of care provider interaction that contribute to women developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) post childbirth. Midwifery 76 21-35

Patterson, J. (2019) Traumatised Midwives; Traumatised Women AIMS Journal 30(4) ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

Patterson, J., Hollins Martin, C.J., Karatzias, T. (2018). PTSD post-childbirth: a systematic review of women’s and midwives’ subjective experiences of care provider interaction. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2018.1504285

Pre-Eclampsia resources

Action on pre-eclampsia  (APEC)

Action on pre-eclampsia virtual Learning Environment:  (APEC)

Infant Feeding

Brown, A  2019   Informed is best: How to spot fake news about your pregnancy, birth and baby    Pinter and Martin (also Kindle)

Brown, A Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We Feed Our Babies?  2016 Pinter and Martin

Regan, S., Brown, A 2019   Experiences of online breastfeeding support: Support and reassurance versus judgement and misinformation Maternal & Child Nutrition  10.1111/mcn.12874

Brown, A 2018  Giving your baby solid food early won’t help them sleep better

Brown, A. 2018 Breastfeeding is good for mothers’ mental health – but those who struggle need support

Harries, V., Brown, A., Brown, A. 2019 The association between baby care books that promote strict care routines and infant feeding, night time care, and maternal-infant interactions Maternal & Child Nutrition e12858

Entwistle, F  2017 Chapter 44  Infant Feeding and relationship Building in Macdonald SE and Johnson G 2017 Mayes Midwifery Elsevier 

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website 

NEW   UNICEF campaign launched today

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Statement on Infant \feeding during the Coronovirus (Covid 19) outbreak Updated 02 April 2020

UINCEF Statement: Infant feeding on neonatal units during the Covid-19 outbreak (updated 02 April 2020)


UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

Maternity and Midwifery   Forum 

Nursing and Midwifery Council:  

Guidance for students – also keep in contact with your university

RCM/RCOG  Information:

Royal College of Midwives

 (RCM): RCM Position statement: Birth Partners’  16.4.20

Other clinical briefings:

Midwifery Unit Network MUNet European Position Statement – Midwifery Units & CoVid-19  published  April 7th 2020

Public Health England – Covid-19 Personal protective Equipment (PPE ) 2.4.2020

Also UK  Covid Symptom Tracker  – download and check in daily John Hopkins Coronovirus Resource Center

All4Maternity – Nurturezone  (

The Practising Midwife site:

The COVID-19 blog:

NHS information  about wellbeing apps for NHS staff:

NHS in Mind – Free platform with 8 easy access inventions for staff:

PPE Donning     

 and Doffing:

Wobble Rooms and other FAB stuff…

The Midwife Patchwork 2020 project: .. See on Twitter: @ThemidwifePatc1   or

WHO advice on breastfeeding 2020

ObsCOVID  a new online  registry  designed for healthcare workers in maternity

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