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Maternity & Midwifery Hour Episode 9: “Does what is says on the tin” – Human rights in maternity care during COVID-19

On this page you can access the live stream, links and resources for our 3rd June 2020 Maternity & Midwifery Hour live stream.

This week’s episode of Maternity & Midwifery Hour will explore Human Rights in Maternity care during COVID-19 crisis and is hosted as usual by Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery.

Joining us for this episode are:

Maria Booker, Programme Director, Birthrights
Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Women are vulnerable during pregnancy. For first time mothers in particular, the experience can be daunting and they might not feel confident about standing up for their rights.

What does respectful, dignified maternity care look like? How can we make sure that a high standard of respectful, dignified care is provided despite the challenges of COVID-19?

In this Maternity & Midwifery Hour, Sue, Lesley and Maria will provide up-to-date information and discussion on how midwives can safeguard women’s dignity and ensure that they are treated with respect during pregnancy and birth.

The video will be available to watch right here on Wednesday 3rd June from 7:00 – 8:00pm.


Human Rights in Maternity

Birthrights   – – 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:

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.

A.N. Wilson, et al., Caring for the carers: Ensuring the provision of quality maternity care during a global pandemic, Women Birth (2020),

Current Issues

Jane Elliott – “take a walk in my shoes”…   Based on brown & blue eyes

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

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Resources from previous episodes:

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)

Contact 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

Keep your eyes peeled for instant updates from Maternity & Midwifery Hour: Series 1 by following @MidwiferyForum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – choose which suits your best.

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