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When choice is taken away empowering families when facing decisions about baby loss

James Pubus
Enabling expectant parents to make informed choices about pregnancy and birth has been a key concern for both parents-to-be and maternity professionals over the past few years.  For pregnant women in the UK, it seems there have never been so many options. Sadly, when a baby dies – in utero......
Midwifery Sector News

“It’s not really about safety, it’s about fear.” – Normal Birth… what's going on?

James Pubus
Across the world, rates of caesarean section and other interventions in labour and birth are on the rise. Worryingly, however, birth outcomes for mothers and babies are not improving in a clearly correlative way. In fact, maternal mortality in the USA has risen in recent years despite the country having......
Midwifery Sector News

Growing a Family with Dignity

James Pubus
One of the UN’s sustainable development goals is for there to be no more than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births across the globe by 2030. While the worldwide maternal mortality rate is falling, it is not falling quickly enough to meet that target.  Among the many factors leading......
Videos

Respectful Maternity Care: A Call to Action

James Pubus
Dr Sheena Byrom, Director, The Practising, Midwife & Professor Soo Downe OBE, Professor in Midwifery Studies, UCLAN give a presentation discussing “Respectful Maternity Care: A Call to Action” at the International Maternity Expo 2019. Find out more about International Maternity Expo: internationalmaternityexpo.com/...
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Implementing Better Births

James Pubus
Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE, Chair of the National Maternity Review; Chair of the All Party Health Group and Former UK Minister gives a presentation discussing Implementing Better Births at the International Maternity Expo 2019. Find out more about International Maternity Expo: internationalmaternityexpo.com/...
Midwifery Sector News

Improving care for mothers and babies a network approach

James Pubus
Ann Remmers has a very long job title. She is both Clinical Director, South West Maternity Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Clinical Network Regional Maternity Safety Champion and Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network. It is this wealth of knowledge and experience that she......
Midwifery Sector News

“Body image is a stronger prediction of breastfeeding duration than weight.”

James Pubus
In 2014 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office published a report into the effects of body image during pregnancy and post-birth. The report concluded that midwives and health visitors should support women not to fixate on body image and to eat healthily during......
Midwifery Sector News

How to deal with stress and build resilience within the healthcare profession through laughter!

James Pubus
LOL Laughterworks first presented – or perhaps performed – at the Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival in 2019 but were such a hit that they quickly became a fixture! Laughter is clinically proven to help alleviate depression, anxiety and stress – and best of all, a fake laugh is as......