On this page you can access the live stream, links and resources for Episode 13 of Midwifery Hour, streaming live on Wednesday 8th July from 7pm.

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter have combined to highlight issues around inequalities impacting the BAME population and healthcare professionals alike.

Lola and Mala will draw on their hands-on experiences during the pandemic to reflect on how COVID-19 has affected midwifery practice for this group and for them as individuals, the challenges of setting up and working in a COVID-19 hub and key lessons for a more equal future.

Joining us for this episode are:

  • Sue Macdonald, Co-editor of Mayes Midwifery
  • Lola Ornato, Midwife, Whittington Health NHS Trust
  • Mala Morjaria, Practice nurse / Midwife

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


BAME perspectives from the frontline

Knight M, Bunch K, Tuffnell D, Shakespeare J, Kotnis R, Kenyon S, Kurinczuk JJ (Eds.) on behalf of MBRRACE-UK. Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2015-17. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford 2019.NHS boosts support for pregnant black and ethnic minority women  June 27 2020  https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/06/nhs-boosts-support-for-pregnant-black-and-ethnic-minority-women/

COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities

COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

BAME women make up 55% of UK pregnancy hospitalisations with Covid-19

Addressing increased risks during the COVID-19 pandemic for BAME women
Guidance from the Royal College of Midwives

NMC responds to the PHE report – Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of covid-19 on BAME groups

Resources from previous episodes:


NEW: The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, July 2020 .“First Do No Harm”. https://immdsreview.org.uk/report.html

NEW: RCM secures agreement for student midwives on work and education 30th June 2020 https://www.rcm.org.uk/media-releases/2020/june/rcm-secures-agreement-for-student-midwives-on-work-and-education/

Changing Times – Supporting womens choices

Hill, M 2019Give Birth Like a Feminist Downe, S., Byrom, S 2019 Squaring the Circle: Normal birth research, theory and practice in a technological age Pinter & Martin https://www.amazon.co.uk/Squaring-Circle-Researching-Normal-Technological/dp/1780664400/

Midwifery Unit Network https://www.midwiferyunitnetwork.org

The Practising Midwife aka All4Maternity https://www.all4maternity.com

Student Perspectives

Form to submit questions to HEE Webinars

Student Midwife Case Study (Sharepoint)

General COVID HEE guidance  https://www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-information-midwives

FAQs complied from HEE webinars:   https://www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

COVID e-learning resource:  https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/

Training and services in Ireland

Becoming a midwife/nurse in Ireland   https://www.nmbi.ie/Careers-in-Nursing-Midwifery/Becoming-a-Nurse-Midwife

Maternity services in Ireland  https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/maternity/

Antenatal care https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/birth_family_relationships/before_your_baby_is_born/choices_in_antenatal_care.html

Home birth  https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/3/maternity/homebirth-services.html

Community Midwives Association Ireland   http://communitymidwives.ie/

Cavan MLU

Midwives Association Petition https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/save-cavan-midwifery-led-unit-mlu

AngloCelt 5/6/2020 https://www.anglocelt.ie/2020/06/05/maternity-services-at-cgh-to-merge/

Irish Times 6/6/2020 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/call-for-the-protection-of-midwifery-led-maternity-units-1.4272836

AngloCelt 12/6/2020 https://www.anglocelt.ie/2020/06/12/midwifery-unit-in-cavan-hospital-will-remain-open-minister-humphreys/

COVID restrictions

Maternity (as of 30/3/2020 via AIMS Ire) http://aimsireland.ie/aims-ireland-guide-to-visiting-restrictions-in-irish-maternity-hospitals/

HSE https://www2.hse.ie/services/hospital-service-disruptions/hospital-service-disruptions-covid19.html

Letterkenny Entonox https://www.donegallive.ie/news/news/549625/142-women-denied-choice-of-gas-and-air-due-to-covid-19-fears-at-letterkenny-maternity-department.html

Mullingar birth partners 

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52071033
  2. https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mullingar-hospital-lifts-restrictions-on-partners-attending-birth-of-children-993216.html
  3. http://aimsireland.ie/birthing-women-in-mulingar-regional-hospital-only-allowed-partner-support-for-the-last-30-minutes-of-labour/

Neonatal units   http://www.inha.ie/wp-content/uploads/INHA-PumpPal-Covid19-Joint-Statement.pdf

INMO press release IDM2020     https://inmo.ie/Home/Index/217/13585

RCM / Dr Bernie Divall June 2020 https://www.rcm.org.uk/news-views/rcm-opinion/2020/midwives-having-courage-eing-kind/#.XtkFEOrWqxI.twitter

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Resources from previous episodes:

Baby Loss

Bereavement care during COVID-19 https://sands.org.uk/professionals/bereavement-care-and-covid-19

NBCP website (includes sign up details)   www.nbcpathway.org.uk

NBCP Scotland website  www.nbcpscotland.org.uk 

NBCP Online Learning Modules – www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-bereavement-care-pathway/

Follow SANDS on Twitter:

@sandsinsights @sandsuk @clare_worgan @marcharder

#nbcpathway #nbcpscotland #SandsHereToSupport #findingthewords



Human Rights in Maternity

Birthrights   –  https://www.birthrights.org.uk/

www.birthrights.org.uk – position statement and Q&A

RCM Rapid review on optimising maternity services and maternal and newborn outcomes in a pandemic:


Human Rights Violations in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://bit.ly/2UaaVKy

Renfrew, M. J., Cheyne, H,  Craig, J.,  Duff, E., Dykes, F.,  Hunter, B.,  Lavender, T. Page, Lesley.,  Ross-Davie, M.,  Spiby, H.  Downe, Soo (2020). “Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond.”     Midwifery 88:   102759.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102759

A.N. Wilson, et al., Caring for the carers: Ensuring the provision of quality maternity care during a global pandemic, Women Birth (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2020.03.011

Current Issues

Jane Elliott – “take a walk in my shoes”… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qFl9isxTiQ   Based on brown & blue eyes

Pre-Eclampsia resources

Action on pre-eclampsia  (APEC)   https://action-on-pre-eclampsia.org.uk/news/

Action on pre-eclampsia virtual Learning Environment:  (APEC)   https://action-on-pre-eclampsia.org.uk/learning/

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     https://theconversation.com/breastfeeding-is-good-for-mothers-mental-health-but-those-who-struggle-need-support-103788

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 https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/COVID-19/ 

NEW UNICEF campaign launched today https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/coronavirus/

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Statement on Infant \feeding during the Coronovirus (Covid 19) outbreak Updated 02 April 2020https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/04/Unicef-UK-Baby-Friendly-Initiative-statement-on-infant-feeding-during-the-Covid-19-outbreak.pdf

UINCEF Statement: Infant feeding on neonatal units during the Covid-19 outbreak (updated 02 April 2020)  https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/04/Unicef-UK-Baby-Friendly-Initiative-statement-on-infant-feeding-on-neonatal-units-during-the-Covid-19-outbreak.pdf

Contact UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative: bfi@unicef.org.uk

Maternity and Midwifery Forum 

Nursing and Midwifery Council: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/coronavirus  

Guidance for students – also keep in contact with your university https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Student%20support%20guide%20master%20.pdf

RCM/RCOG  Information:

Royal College of Midwives

 (RCM): RCM Position statement: Birth Partners’  16.4.20 https://www.rcm.org.uk/media/3887/birth-partners.pdf

Other clinical briefings:

Midwifery Unit Network MUNet European Position Statement – Midwifery Units & CoVid-19  published  April 7th 2020  https://www.midwiferyunitnetwork.org/download/munet-eu-position-statement-midwifery-units-covid-19/

Public Health England – Covid-19 Personal protective Equipment (PPE ) 2.4.2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Also UK  Covid Symptom Tracker https://covid.joinzoe.com/  – download and check in daily John Hopkins Coronovirus Resource Center https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

All4Maternity – Nurturezone  (www.all4Maternity.com)

The Practising Midwife site: http://www.practisingmidwife.co.uk/

The COVID-19 blog: https://www.all4maternity.com/the-covid-19-cohorts-real-life-accounts-of-being-a-student-midwife-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

NHS information  about wellbeing apps for NHS staff:   https://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2020/03/free-access-to-wellbeing-apps-for-all-nhs-staff

NHS in Mind – Free platform with 8 easy access inventions for staff: https://www.nhsinmind.co.uk/

PPE Donning    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKz_vNGsNhc     

 and Doffing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUo5O1JmLH0

Wobble Rooms and other FAB stuff… https://fabnhsstuff.net/fab-stuff/have-your-staff-got-a-wobble-room

The Midwife Patchwork 2020 project: .. See on Twitter: @ThemidwifePatc1   or www.midwifepatchwork2020.wordpress.com

WHO advice on breastfeeding 2020  https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/maternal-health/faqs-breastfeeding-and-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=d839e6c0_1

ObsCOVID  a new online  registry  designed for healthcare workers in maternity https://covid.knack.com/obscovid#encounters/

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