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W/B Monday the 8th of August 2022

News for this week:

Jersey sees increase in home births for 2022 – BBC News


Paramedics take part in “first of its kind” maternity training – The Lancashire Telegraph


In Australia birth trauma happens with or without a medical emergency – The Guardian


Holding a baby after stillbirth: the impact of fetal congenital and structural abnormalities –


Why is India losing an alarmingly high number of young mothers to suicide? –


Oxcarbazepine exposure during pregnancy ups risk of malformations, foetal death–foetal-death


Antepartum sleep quality, mental status, and postpartum depressive symptoms: a mediation analysis –

W/B Monday the 1st of August 2022

News for this week:


World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August 2022  – WABA


Midwives quitting as Covid pay issue ‘final straw’ – Stuff NZ


Celebrating 25 years of midwifery-led care in Crowborough – In Your Area


UniSA supports initiatives to empower health workers in South Australia – Bonafide News


Hospital: “Today, We No Longer Have Enough Midwives To Deliver Babies” – Globe Echo


Covid pandemic births: Mothers ‘pitted against midwives’ – BBC News


Maternity failings account for the majority of the NHS’s £13bn spend on negligence – The Independent


Rare medical book collection tracks tangled history of women’s health – Washington Post


Improving Birth Outcomes Among Women of Color Begins with Care that Reflects Them – Direct Relief


Wolverhampton gets its first equality and diversity specialist midwife – Express and Star


Muslim Women Even Face Discrimination During Labour And Pregnancy – Huffington Post


Family pay tribute to ‘local celebrity’ midwife known across South Derbyshire – Derby Telegraph


Tales From Call the Midwife – BBC News


‘I can bring my baby, but I can’t vote if they cry’ – Pregnant Mole Valley councillor loses key maternity battle – Get Surrey


I clocked up 7,500 miles getting maternity care – BBC News


Abortion deleted from UK Government-organised international human rights statement – Humanist UK


Workforce: recruitment, training and retention in health and social care – Publication Parliament

W/B Monday the 25th of July 2022

I clocked up 7,500 miles getting maternity care – BBC News


‘I can bring my baby, but I can’t vote if they cry’ – Pregnant Mole Valley councillor loses key maternity battle – Get Surrey 


Tales From Call the Midwife – BBC News


Family pay tribute to ‘local celebrity’ midwife known across South Derbyshire – Daily Telegraph


Abortion deleted from UK Government-organised international human rights statement – Humanists UK


Workforce: recruitment, training and retention in health and social care – Parliament Publications


Maternity Disparities Taskforce discusses faith and human rights recommendations –


The Contribution of Newborn Health to Child Mortality across England – NCMD


Ill-equipped prisons and lack of health care access leave pregnant prisoners and their children at significant risk – Nuffield Trust


NHS Scotland Academy launches National Resource to help boost staff nursing numbers – NES


Midwives like me should go on strike – the safety of Britain’s families is at stake – The Independent


How a mermaid mural helped promote breastfeeding in Inverclyde – BBC News


‘Exhaustion, sadness and stress’: Midwives leaving the job as burnout takes its toll – Sky News


NHS staff to receive pay rise –


England’s CNO calls for fresh focus on retaining staff – Nursing Times\


NHS understaffing poses ‘serious risk to patient safety’, MPs say in damning report – Manchester Evening News


W/B Monday the 18th of July 2022


Responding to report on Muslim women’s experiences of maternity provision – NCT New Parent Support

Retaining our nursing and midwifery colleagues – NHS England

Challenging racism will improve maternity outcomes, says midwifery lead – Nursing Times

Virtual work experience gives youngsters taste of life in the NHS – London News Online

In a post-Roe world, women of color continue a return to midwives and traditional forms of postpartum care – The Insider

Big drop in applications to study nursing and midwifery – Nursing Notes

Health board suspends home births due to staff shortages- Wales Online

NMC launches consultation on education programme standards – NMC

New post-registration standards will help deliver modern, effective community care – NMC

Systematic review and meta-analysis to examine intrapartum interventions, and maternal and neonatal outcomes following immersion in water during labour and waterbirth – BMJ

Queen awards NHS George Cross medal – BBC News

Derbyshire hospital responds to rumours that baby was stolen from maternity ward – Derby Telegraph

‘We hope for the best, son’ – War nears Ukraine maternity ward. – BBC News

King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital adds purpose-designed maternity ward – Lynn News

Pregnant cleaner called ‘pathetic’ for taking rest break was discriminated against, tribunal finds – People Management

In a post-Roe world, women of colour continue a return to midwives and traditional forms of postpartum care – The Insider

Health board suspends home births due to staff shortages – MSN News

Health board suspends home births due to staff shortages – Nottingham Post

W/B Monday the 11th of July 2022

Roe v Wade: Abortion pills a new front in culture wars


Bournemouth: Consultation over abortion clinic buffer zone


‘Thank the lord, I have been relieved’: when abortion was safer than childbirth


Donna Ockenden: Nottingham maternity review team to meet families


Trend and causes of maternal death, stillbirth and neonatal death over seven decades in Hong Kong


‘It’s just a back-pedaling of advancement.’ A Kentucky birth caregiver impacted by Roe v. Wade reversal


Water births provide ‘clear benefits’ for healthy mums and their newborns, with fewer complications


New neonatal cooling education resources for better treatment of babies suffering a lack of oxygen during birth


New neonatal cooling education resources for better treatment of babies suffering a lack of oxygen during birth 


NHS must disclose risks of giving birth in midwifery-led unit, Donna Ockenden warns


Nursing and midwifery research grants to drive innovation – Queensland


NMC director Geraldine Walters announces departure


Long Covid: Midwife’s anger over new no-pay rule in NHS


Midwives reveal the 3 things that can boost your chances of getting pregnant – as they launch FREE advice hub


W/B Monday the 4th of July 2022


Countess of Chester director cancels Q&A appearance


‘Midwifery is a side of me people don’t see’


COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: a midwifery survey into attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccine


It’s nonsense to say sex is assigned at birth according to NHS midwives



My Expert Midwife plans expansion with VC backing


Life as a midwife aid worker: ‘Plagued by vivid dreams of the patients I felt I had failed’


“Don’t give up hope.” 2 women share what it’s really like for nurses and midwives in 2022. 


Midwives expose crisis in Wollongong Hospital’s maternity ward 


One to One Midwives collapse inquiry ongoing three years on 



W/B Monday the 27th of June 2022


With Roe overturned, Indigenous communities say it was always impossible for them to access abortion services – Insider


I used my maternity leave to go backpacking with my newborn – The Metro


Councillors to get maternity leave under new plans – Irish Examiner


Cheltenham maternity unit to remain closed – Punchline Gloucester


Call to allow women to defer maternity leave after cancer diagnosis – Irish Examiner


Petition to increase Statutory Maternity Pay amid cost of living crisis reaches 24k signatures – Glasgow LIVE


Lewisham Maternity Services awarded Gold Pride in Practice Award – Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


‘In April, the Taliban killed a midwife, amputating her legs, shooting her 12 times because she was a woman and a Hazara’ – GG2


Lost children of lockdown: When Covid struck, early years health checks stopped – with devastating consequences for a generation. This landmark investigation uncovers the tragedy of the forgotten newborns never seen by a nurse – Daily Mail

W/B Monday the 20th of June 2022


Most midwives cannot access bereavement care training during working hours – The Hippocratic Post

Sussex midwives pioneer app to overcome language barriers – Digital Health

What is the Re:Birth project? – RCM

Expectant Black mothers find support with doulas and midwives – ABC News

Women to get shopping vouchers when pregnant to help quit smoking – The Sun
National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Clinical Report 2022 – Maternity Audit


Supporting midwifery is the answer to the wicked problems in maternity care – The Lancet


Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign group to hold protest against continued closure of Midwife Led Birthing Centre – Shields Gazette


NHS Lanarkshire embracing Scottish Breastfeeding Week as feeding rates in the region rise – Daily Record


Doctors warn against over-medicalising menopause after UK criticism – The Guardian


W/B Monday the 13th of June 2022


Amid abortion debate, clinic asks: Who’s caring for moms? – MSN News


MSPs urged to improve maternity services and stop rural babies being born at roadside – Daily Record


Nurses recruited from countries with shortages – The Times


HEALTH MATTERS: Maternity services are a hugely important part of what we do at NHS Highland – Inverness Courier – Inverness Courier


Timely delivery with University of Northampton Midwifery students’ money challenge – Northampton Chronicle and Echo


Mid and South Essex midwives receive prestigious awards – Halstead Gazette


Burned out or leaving for overseas: Midwifery sector in downward spiral, says union – RNZ


Sajid Javid says ‘women’ should not be removed from ovarian cancer page – MSN News


Breastfeeding mums demand end to prison for pregnant women in protest – The Metro


Maternity leave pushing new mums into debt – including an average £1,770 in student loan interest – figures show – Sky News


Migrant women charged up to £14,000 for NHS maternity services in England – The Guardian


Maternity workforce e-learning resource – Health Education England

W/B Monday the 6th of June 2022


Dundee academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours – Daily Record 27128985  

Responding to the Ockenden Review: safe care for all needs evidence-based system change – and strengthened midwifery – Science Direct


Dylan and Will McMahon: brothers behind the UK’s only baby milk producer – The Guardian


Abbott: US baby formula plant linked to national shortage resumes production – BBC News


Childbirth is often a lonely and frightening experience – The Guardian


Evidence shows midwifery education in Bangladesh is making real impact by improving women’s access to safe childbirth –


University of Bedfordshire student crowned ‘Midwife of the Year’. – Bedford Today


New TV series to follow Belfast midwives as they embark on career. – Belfast Telegraph


Trainee doctors in ‘meltdown’ at major hospital maternity department – Independent


MSPs urged to improve maternity services and stop rural babies being born at roadside – Daily Record


Children who are breastfed for a long period are brighter than those who are not – Cheshire Live


To what extent does confounding explain the association between breastfeeding duration and cognitive development up to age 14? Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study – PLOS ONE


W/B Monday the 30th of May 2022


New partnership with Scottish Government on endometriosis research – Wellbeing of Women


Phillips Ives review to look into digital readiness of nurses and midwives – Digital Health

Retention to ‘crucial’ to fixing workforce ‘crisis’, say nursing and midwifery leaders – Nursing in Practise

Pregnant HR worker wins £9,000 payout after she was refused pay rise because she was due to go on maternity leave in four months – Mail Online


Pregnant woman who says male colleague told her maternity leave like a “holiday” gets payout – MSN News

Donna Ockenden speaks out amid growing calls for her to head review into Nottingham maternity services – MSN News


Donna Ockenden speaks out amid growing calls for her to head review into Nottingham maternity services – Daily Record


Future of Dewsbury maternity ward in major doubt as MP calls ‘urgent meeting’ with hospital chiefs – MSN News


Belfast Midwives: New series to go behind the scenes at Belfast’s maternity ward – MSN News


No room at the inn: Midwife shortage closes Bethlehem Birthing Centre

W/B Monday the 23rd of May 2022


Inquiry into racial injustice in maternity care – Birthrights


Taskforce calls for targeted primary care interventions to tackle maternity inequalities – The BMJ


‘Irreversible stress’: Nearly 2,000 oppose move to suspend Cranham and Upminster midwifery service – Romford Recorder


Health sector requires love and compassion, says former midwife – New Times


The Bath midwife who helps grieving parents with dignity and care – Somerset Live


NMC proposes changes to English language requirements – Nursing Times

Neilston: Kirsty Johnstone embarks on midwifery career – Barr Head News


Numbers of nurses and midwives leaving NHS highest for four years – The Guardian


Thirteen babies born at home – and more planned – as trust sets up dedicated team –

Maternity services at Nottingham Hospitals expected to remain ‘inadequate’ – Nottingham Post

Police fail parents whose babies died in alleged negligence incident, more ‘victims’ come forward – Mail and Guardian Africa

Investigation into death of two-day-old baby born at Burton Hospital – Staffordshire live


W/B Monday the 16th of May 2022

Highest number of new Fellows elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences from across the UK

“Demonstrating the team science principle that the Academy embodies, Professor Mary Renfrew FMedSci, the first midwife to be elected to the Academy, developed multidisciplinary collaborations which have had a profound impact on public health policy and midwifery practice nationally and internationally.”

Read here:


Bulgaria boasts Europe’s best Maternity Package – The HR Director


Health board closes maternity wards at some of its hospitals for six months due to staff shortages – Wales Online


Sinn Féin to table motion calling for maternity hospital to be built on State land – Irish Examiner


Maternity charges in NHS widen health inequalities – THE BMJ


Revised visiting guidelines released for maternity and neonatal services in Wales – Wrexham


Fond farewell party for retiring midwife – Northern Times


TVs Call the Midwife ‘very much what it was like back then’ – Express and Star


Over 1,300 nursing and midwifery university places part of new £2.1m health boost – Belfast Telegraph


First-time mother inspired to become midwife after her ‘phenomenal’ experience – Express and Star


REF 2021: Allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy – Times Higher Education


W/B Monday the 9th of May 2022


Mariupol midwife: ‘They are not liberating us. It’s murder, plain and simple’ – ITV News


Senegal midwives go on trial in Louga over Astou Sokhna’s death – BBC News


Apprenticeship to offer ‘new route’ into midwifery in North Cumbria – ITV News


NHS boosts care for mums and babies as hundreds of international midwives recruited – Evening Express\


Tommy Mallet told Georgia Kousoulou’s midwife ‘she’s not OK’ after staging intervention – OK 


NHS boosts care for mums and babies as hundreds of international midwives recruited – NHS England


Midwives IDM –


Reversing Roe vs Wade would shatter women’s rights – Financial Times

How Polish midwives help Ukrainian women fleeing their homes – WHO Europe
Parents of stillborn baby call for ‘trusted’ midwife to lead review into maternity scandal – Channel 4


‘Reasonable adjustments are everybody’s responsibility’ – Nursing Times


Nursing leaders officially open new national nursing and midwifery test centre at Leeds General Infirmary – Yorkshire Evening Post


UAB relaunching nurse-midwifery program – WBRC


Government advised against compulsory purchase of new Maternity Hospital site – Irish times


Ockenden report shows need for proper investment in workforce planning – BMJ


Statement from Minister for Health to INMO’s Annual Delegate Conference –


NMC further expands OSCE testing capacity with opening of fifth centre – Nursing Times


Boost to Ethiopia’s Midwifery Training Improves Maternal Care – All Africa


Measures stressed for preventing death of women during pregnancy – Daily Times


How special uniforms for Indigenous midwives could improve outcomes for Indigenous mothers and babies – Women’s Agenda


Investing in midwives is crucial for sustainable development – China Daily


31 students complete midwifery training in Kandahar, Afghanistan – Pajhwok Afghan News


Minister of Indigenous Services Canada Issues Statement on the International Day of the Midwife – News Wire


SWAH: No babies transferred during temporary neonatal closures – The Impartial reporter


Government advised against compulsory purchase of new Maternity Hospital site

– The Irish Times

W/B Monday the 2nd of May 2022


Trans women can give birth, Edinburgh Napier University midwifery students told
Epigenetic Cause Of Miscarriage Identified And Cured In Mice
Midwives are being taught at university how to help biological men with penises give birth
Gushiegu Nurses and Midwifery College battling with accommodation, transportation challenges – Principal
More Black people sought births outside hospitals in 2020, report finds
Princess Anne reveals pregnancy horror after accident left her fearing baby was ‘WEDGED’
Kate and Anne visit maternal healthcare colleges HQ
Medical University of Lublin: Where future nurses and midwives excel
Nurses and midwives among the highest leavers as 2,400 quit hospital trust in a year
Launch of the WHO Essential Childbirth Care Course

W/B Monday the 26th of April 2022

Bath’s RUH birthing centres and home births closure extended – BBC News:


Too afraid to get out of bed in the morning – that’s how the a-c-t’s nursing and midwifery federation describes the state of staff at the dhulwa mental health unit. – Korea Herald:


One year after regulations, the Yukon still has zero midwives – Yukon News:


Royal Bolton: More than a dozen midwives lost over last year – The Bolton News:


Job opportunity – Times Higher Education:


Ambitious plans announced for the Nursing and Midwifery professions – Wales 247:


Six Senegalese midwives charged over pregnant woman’s death – Macau Business:


Nurses and midwives face three-quarter of a million pound student debt – Nursing Notes:


Busy 24 hours at Vale of Leven Hospital as midwives deliver three babies – Daily Record:


Midwife named among top research leads – in role traditionally performed by doctors – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – News Anyway:


‘I Heard Things That Will Stay With Me For The Rest Of My Days’ – Donna Ockenden On Why Maternity Care In The UK Must Improve – Grazia Daily:


W/B Monday the 18th of April 2022


Yorkshire Midwives on Call, BBC2, review: Childbirth as it is in real life – miraculous and entirely normal


Pregnancies fell in 2020 for fifth year in a row, data shows 


Number of midwives in Worcestershire increases 


Midwife puts focus on Black maternal health 


BBC’s Yorkshire Midwives on Call to start on Easter Monday 


Hospital staff instructed to ‘cry privately’ as they reach breaking-point 


How Zambia has reduced maternal deaths by 300 per cent in 16 years 


In this refugee camp, midwives have delivered over 14,000 babies with zero maternal deaths 


The Ward Round: Midwifery in crisis 


This cult of the ‘normal’ birth is dangerous 


Nurses and midwives invited to recruitment event for Sandwell hospitals 


The Times view on dangerous maternity care: Safer Births 


Huge drop in midwives’ morale amid Ockenden fallout 


Two unvaccinated new mums die from covid weeks after having babies in Staffordshire 


Is this childbirth’s #MeToo moment? 


The Momnibus Bill: What’s In It, What It Will Do & How it Will Help End the Black Maternal Healthcare Crisis 


Nearly Half of Rural Hospitals Lose Money on Childbirth Services 


Scots consultants demand urgent action over anti-abortion protests that ‘bully patients’ 


What is a rainbow baby? 


North East NHS trust removes ‘normal births’ midwife job advert after campaigners raise concerns


W/B Monday the 11th of April 2022



BBC’s Yorkshire Midwives on Call: Bradford team and families filmed for new series – Telegraph & Argus:


‘Disappointing’ to have no nursing or midwifery member on new Covid advisory group, INMO says –


Miscarriage: Tens of thousands have PTSD symptoms – BBC News:


The (home) baby boom: why more women are shunning hospital births – The Metro:


The Ockenden review and women’s health in the UK – The Lancet:


Royal visit for Inverurie maternity unit from HRH The Princess Royal – Grampian Online:


Warnings over surge in listeriosis cases – RCM:


Warning over deadly listeria outbreak linked to smoked fish as 12 Brits fall ill – The Mirror:


Woman (45) who claimed she suffered brain damage at birth awarded €5m – Breaking News ie:


The role of the natural birth movement in the NHS maternity scandal is being ignored – iNews:


Maternal death due to COVID-19 and high BMI: A case report from Hamadan, Iran -Online Library:


Serena Williams Opened Up About Nurses Dismissing Her Medical Concerns After Giving Birth And It’s A Harrowing Reflection Of Racial Bias In Medicine — Buzz Feed:


“I want nursing and midwifery to be the most attractive career choices for health professionals” –


Head of midwifery and chief nurse at Rotherham NHS Trust offers “heartfelt condolences” to families affected by Ockenden review – The Star:


‘Most maternity care failings haven’t been exposed yet’ – The Week:


Lagan Valley: Mother of stillborn boy ‘did not feel safe in unit’ –  BBC News:


London Ambulance Service consultant midwife receives MBE at Windsor Castle – London Ambulance:


Midwifery a candidate for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list – Cyprus Mail:



W/B Monday the 4th of April 2022



The midwife crisis demands action — before it is too late – The New Statesman


Ockenden Report PDF file – FINAL


Shrewsbury maternity scandal: Better care might have saved 201 babies – BBC News


Pregnant women to be offered first test to help diagnose pre-eclampsia – NICE


Parent charity NCT deletes natural birth guidance that says ‘mothers will be more satisfied’ – iNews


Ben Mee interview: ‘The premature birth of my daughter was scary, but the NHS staff were incredible’ – iNews


Mum whose baby died at Shrewsbury Hospital claims midwives ‘refused to see her’ – The Mirror


NHS maternity scandal probe boss warns similar tragedies could happen at other hospitals – The Mirror


New intervention decreases cesarean rate and improves maternal blood loss – Medical Express


Midwifery-led births paused for safety review a week after Royal College of Midwives demands more investment and staff – follows Donna Ockenden Report – NewsLetter


Lack of gender balance in interview panel for Rotunda Hospital master was ‘a spectacular own goal’ –


37 Military Nursing and Midwifery Training College admits students – Graphic Online


Women and babies remain at risk of unsafe NHS care, experts warn – The Guardian


New video explains why stillbirth is not the mother’s fault – Newcastle University, Australia


Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust ‘failed to investigate, learn and improve’ says report – Sky News


Ockenden Report: Safe staffing and accountability among ‘must-do’ improvements – Shropshire Star


Ockenden report exposes failures in leadership, teamwork, and listening to patients – The BMJ


The 15 areas of ‘immediate action’ Ockenden report demands to improve NHS maternity care – ITV News


Ockenden report: statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care –


Top midwife says maternity staff shortage makes it ‘increasingly more difficult’ to provide safe care – iNews


Lagan Valley: South Eastern Trust pausing births at midwife-led unit – BBC News


Taliban tortured and killed midwife in Mazar-e-Sharif – Rawa Runews


Midwife brutally murdered in Afghanistan – Qatar Tribune


Seek preconception care services – Ghana News


Royal visit for Inverurie maternity unit from HRH The Princess Royal – Grampian Online



W/B Monday the 28th of March 2022



NHS announces £127 million maternity boost for patients and families – NHS England


Same Weymouth Midwife Who Delivered Parents Delivers Their Baby – Patch


Former Welsh rugby player helps Jersey mums get fit – BBC News


‘What I learned during my 42 years as a neonatal nurse’ – Irish Examiner



W/B Monday the 21st of March 2022


Protection of perinatal mental health during the war in Ukraine – The Lancet

Jennie Joseph: Women of the Year – TIME Magazine

WHO issues new guidelines on abortion to help countries deliver lifesaving care – WHO

Reduction in severe perineal tearing when two midwives are present during childbirth – Eurekalert

Money for digital transformation supports improvements in maternity care in Worcestershire – Evesham Observer

In Nunavut, a push to blend traditional Inuit birthing practices with modern doula care – The Globe and Mail

David Beckham hands his Instagram Stories account to doctor in Ukraine – The Guardian

NHS to encourage older midwives to stay on and become ‘mentors’ to younger colleagues rather than retiring early – The Daily Mail 

Midwife says she’s ‘so happy to be back’ after a 20 year break from the NHS – Heart News



W/B Monday the 14th of March 2022



New WHO abortion guidelines pivotal to end unsafe abortions globally – RCOG

Doctors from across NHS gather drugs and equipment to take to Ukraine – The Guardian

Midwives ‘guilty of misconduct’ over Shropshire baby’s death – BBC News


Mum gives birth to 10lb baby weighing as much as a bag of potatoes with no pain relief – Metro


Ukraine war: Three dead as maternity hospital hit by Russian air strike – BBC News


Families ‘frustrated’ at delay in publication of maternity scandal report – The Guardian



Meet the midwife daring in conflict zones – Nation Africa



Tributes to ‘one in a million’ Gwynedd midwife who ‘dedicated her life to helping others’ – MSN News



BBC1’s Call The Midwife’s Helen George opens up about the pregnancy condition cholestasis – Coventry Telegraph



Tomah nurse midwife excited for Uganda medical mission – The Journal



These Devoted Amazonian Midwives Are Keeping Traditional Birthing Rituals Alive – Vogue


I had an abortion – and my experience shows how broken the UK system truly is – The Independent

W/B Monday the 7th of March 2022



Voices: The surprisingly significant environmental benefits of breastfeeding – Yahoo News


Top midwife says sorry for lives lost to ‘normal birth’ drive – The Times £


The final push: Feminism on the labour ward – Press and Journal


The Impact of COVID-19 on Breastfeeding Rates in a Low-Income Population – NCBI


Obstetrician Neel Shah Joined the Telehealth Revolution – Wall Street Journal


Humanitarian aid is urgently needed to help the 80,000 babies that will be born in war-torn Ukraine in the next 3 months, say women’s health experts – Business Insider


Russia war: Hundreds of surrogate mothers, babies and embryos stuck in Ukraine leaving UK couples in turmoil – iNews


Russian invasion hits Ukraine’s booming surrogacy industry. What happens to birth mothers and their babies? – FirstPost


In Kyiv, babies are being born into the maw of hell – The Telegraph £


Parents united with baby born through surrogacy thank Ukrainian people – IrishTimes


Mothers cradle hours-old babies in makeshift bomb shelter beneath Ukraine hospital – The Mirror


Ukrainian baby born in hospital bunker after Russian missile shatters maternity ward – The Independent


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: #BREAKTHEBIAS – International Confederation of Midwives


Midwife-supported home births scrapped in Guernsey – BBC News


Nursing and midwifery vacancies in Scotland reach record high – Nursing Standard


#NursesforPeace: How nurses can support colleagues in Ukraine – Nursing Times


W/B Monday the 28th of February 2022


RCM Statement following BBC Panorama programme on maternity services at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Trust

New taskforce to level-up maternity care and tackle disparities

Black Women Have Been Dying In Childbirth, Why Has A Taskforce Taken This Long?

Maternal mortality rates increased during 1st year of COVID pandemic: CDC

(Full Report)

Maternal mortality trends in Spain during the 2000-2018 period: the role of maternal origin

Globetrotting midwife teaches the next generation to deliver Welsh babies

Calls to end migrant maternity charge over safety fears

PHA: New research highlights essential role of nurses and midwives across Northern Ireland

Covid-19: Rise in ‘free birthing’ blamed on midwife shortage

Midwifery: The fulcrum for humanising childbirth in India

How Zambia has reduced maternal deaths by 300 per cent in 16 years

Treatment of newborns with jaundice is a first for hospital

New mums more isolated than ever at East Lancashire hospitals during Covid-19

Black History Month: Honoring the work of a Virginia midwife named a ‘town hero’

‘This is spiritual’: Community supports Richmond doula studying to be a midwife

Trained midwives switch gear to provide affordable mom-and-baby spas at home

‘Twosday’ twins born in Leicester on 22/2/22


W/B Monday the 21st of February 2022


How $10 radios and taxi bikes are helping to end the mutilation of girls – The Guardian


Midwifery: The fulcrum for humanising childbirth in India – India Times


The Bias Trap – A Way Forward – South East Clinical Networks




New mums in Cumbria feel less alone now than during lockdown according to survey – News and Star


Abandon ‘normal birth’ targets, hospitals in England told – The Guardian


Pregnant women’s vaccination protects baby from Covid – study – The Guardian


SNP MP Angela Crawley urges UK Government to follow Northern Ireland’s paid miscarriage leave – The Herald


The tragic human toll of Poland’s abortion ban that forces women to give birth to seriously ill babies – The Telegraph £


National survey reveals positive feedback for UHMBT maternity services – NWE Mail


‘Time is running out’ to make telemedical abortion service permanent, providers warn –


Florida House Passes GOP 15-Week Abortion Ban – Huff Post


Dorset County Hospital’s Maternity Unit one of best in country – Dorset Echo


Baby kept in electric blanket 24-hrs a day to treat jaundice – Birmingham Mail


National Maternity Hospital: Our Maternity Hospital Group Issues Challenge to Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan – Hot


TikTok is losing it over this video of what Braxton Hicks contractions actually look like – Yahoo


Cultural birthing practices are what Indigenous women need, it’s time we invested – The Guardian


W/B Monday the 14th of February 2022


Caesareans or vaginal births: should mothers or medics have the final say? – The Guardian


Call to tackle racism in the NHS after study suggests discrimination ‘negatively impacts’ millions of patients – Daily Mail


‘The maternity ward felt dangerous – we were so short-staffed I had to work after my miscarriage’ – The Telegraph


At least 7,469 research nurses and midwives across the UK and Ireland, new census reveals – NIHR


Chris Whitty tells NHS staff it is their ‘professional duty’ to get the Covid vaccine – iNews

(Letter PDF:


Maternity care failing to reach vulnerable women, report finds – Nursing in Practice

(Original report:


The Irish Times view on the National Maternity Hospital: Potential for progress – The Irish Times


Edinburgh’s lost maternity hospital where ‘half of the city’ was born – Edinburgh live


Is chipping away at transparency the best way to deal with maternity leave discrimination? – The Independent


Mum who was told to take a pay cut after maternity leave wins £61,000 in damages – The Mirror


‘Her life was in danger’: Woman forced to give birth on dual carriageway speaks of maternity failure – ITV News


Degree apprenticeship breathes new life into careers of aspiring midwives – Express and Star



National statistics Maternity survey 2021

Many women still positive about their maternity care – but pandemic impacted on choice and involvement and increased concerns about postnatal support

Pregnant in a Pandemic : What does the NHS Maternity Survey 2021 tell us about maternity care during the pandemic?

Women give Oxford University Hospitals positive feedback in Maternity Survey

RUH’s maternity teams praised for their care in latest national survey

New mums give Princess Alexandra Hospital’s maternity team improved rating

Northumbria Healthcare bucks national trend with positive feedback on postnatal care


W/B Monday the 7th of February 2022


Professor Jenny Gamble on Language of reproduction – Woman’s Hour


Integrating female genital mutilation content into nursing and midwifery curricula: a practical guide – WHO


Why is there a global shortage of midwives and what needs to be done about it? – Equal Times


UWS midwifery course applications soar amid concern over uni access – The Herald


NMC’s response to Woman’s Place UK – Nursing and Midwifery Council


Nursing and Midwifery Council council keeps faith in Stonewall – The Times


Midwife who has delivered 5,500 babies in 42 years says her job saved her life – Wales Online


No, The Covid Vaccine Does Not Impact The Outcomes Of IVF – The Huffpost


Increasing access to treatment for common maternal mental health problems could have a net benefit of half a billion pounds – London School of Economics


Train health visitors and midwives in maternal mental health, say experts – Nursing in Practice


Poaching nurses from poorer counties raises serious ethical questions – Nursing Notes



W/B Monday the 24th of January 2022


Covid news – live: Javid announces U-turn on mandatory NHS jabs, but ‘makes no apology’ for original plans

Labour backs the U-turn – after it had agreed to making jabs mandatory for NHS workers


Female footballers in England get maternity cover after landmark change



Woman says her mother’s instinct saved unborn baby’s life

Jemma Austin had a gut feeling that something wasn’t quite right


If you don’t like it, go private: what my maternity clinic said over scans delay


Sundance prize goes to ‘Midwives’ — about a Buddhist midwife and her Muslim apprentice


Record numbers of women reach 30 child-free in England and Wales

In 1971, just 18% of 30-year-olds had no children – today the figure has risen to 50%, reports the ONS




W/B Monday the 24th of January 2022


Freebirth: ‘Giving birth without medical help felt safer’

A woman says she chose to give birth at home without medical assistance because it felt like the safest option.


Mum donates milk after stillbirth to help poorly babies

A mum-of-three who donated her breast milk after her second child was stillborn said it helped her to feel “there was an imprint on the world from her”.


Professional midwifery advocates: delivering restorative clinical supervision

The statutory regulation of midwifery which stipulated that midwives should receive clinical supervision ended on 31 March 2017. This model has been replaced by A-EQUIP – Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement – which is led by professional midwifery advocates


Work Stress Made Me Self-Harm: The Grim State Of UK Midwifery

Leah* is a 27-year-old midwife with six years’ experience. But the stress of the job has forced her to take a step back


Boris Johnson may have to pause dismissals of unjabbed NHS staff over vaccine mandate or face the sack himself

The first glimmer of a change of heart came this week from the PM himself, but few noticed


Pregnant women endangered by stretched maternity wards, whistleblower says

Women and babies are potentially being put in danger by stretched and understaffed maternity wards, a whistleblower has told Channel 4 News.


Placements help pandemic response

Around 12,000 students support healthcare delivery.


Now even the word ‘maternity’ is facing a ban at Britain’s ‘wokest’ university after diversity chiefs said the term was now ‘problematic’ and ‘exclusionary’

Britain’s ‘wokest’ university is facing claims that its staff objected to the use of the word ‘maternity’ and allowed men identifying as women to use its campus swimming pool.


‘Babies at risk’ as NHS faces losing nearly one in 10 midwives over mandatory jabs

The NHS could be forced to dismiss almost 2,000 midwives by the government’s mandatory vaccination policy, amid warnings from a former chief nurse of England that mothers and babies will be put at risk.


W/B Monday the 17th of January 2022


MP calls for halt to declining midwife numbers as she announces she is pregnant

Siobhan Baillie told the Commons that the number of midwives in England has ‘fallen year on year’.


Scotland decision to delay IVF services for unvaccinated women over Covid risk branded ‘inhumane’

Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman, said Scottish Government should rethink their position urgently


Breastfeeding linked to lower heart disease risk for mothers

Breastfeeding has already been linked to a lower risk for type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and breast cancer


Woman’s Hour – Midwives refusing the vaccine, Spiking inquiry, 50 years of diet & fitness with Rosemary Conley, Slam poetry


Blue Monday 

The first episode of Maternity and Midwifery Hour takes a timely look at strategies and techniques you can adopt to boost your own wellbeing and that of your colleagues, helping you to move into 2022 stronger and more supported.


Midwives in the NHS

Volume 707: debated on Monday 17 January 2022


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