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

Paul
Disproportionate levels of bullying and racism in obstetrics and gynaecology
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......
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Implementing Better Births

Paul
Implementing Better Births – Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE from Narrowcast Media Group on Vimeo. 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......
Midwifery Sector News

Getting it right the first time – Holding on to labour

Paul
Many pregnant women – especially those who have given birth before – have an innate sense of when they’ve gone into labour ‘for real’.  However, if they show up to the labour ward of their local or chosen hospital too soon, they run the risk of being sent home where......
Midwifery Sector News

“We felt so in awe of [our midwife]… We felt that she was so special.”

Paul
We’ve all heard of ‘Continuity of Carer’ in midwifery – it is a key component of the NHS’ move towards Better Births. Not so long ago, the (private) continuity of care service Neighbourhood Midwives in Walthamstow made the news when it closed unexpectedly, to the consternation of many expectant parents. ......
Midwifery Sector News

Normal Birth…What’s going on?

Paul
In most contexts, ‘normal’ is a boring word – but within the world of maternity and midwifery it is a contentious one. Between them, Sheena Byrom OBE and Professor Soo Downe OBE have some 75 years of experience in midwifery practise.  Many of those years have been spent actively researching......
Midwifery Sector News

How can all women be given the choice and the options? 

Paul
In a week of fevered speculation about how Archie, the son of the Duchess of Sussex’s was to be born it was clear that, whatever finally happened, whether it was a home birth or at the private Portland Hospital, the Duchess had informed choice and the infrastructure to make it......
Midwifery Sector News

The Case for Parental Voices in Perinatal Mortality Review

Paul
Watching the start of the “infected Blood Enquiry” into the 1970s contaminated blood products scandal which had such devastating effect on the haemophiliac community and others is hard. 3000 died. The Enquiry started with heart rending testimonials from those affected, and the relatives of the dead.  The Grenfell Enquiry started......
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Breaking through despite the odds – Professor Dame Elizabeth N Anionwu DBE CBE

Paul
Professor Dame Elizabeth N Anionwu DBE CBE #maternity #midwifery #studentmidwife Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London; Patron, Sickle Cell Society; Vice-President, CPHVA; Patron, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK and Life Patron, Mary Seacole Trust gives a presentation “Breaking through despite the odds” at the London Maternity & Midwifery......
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The Future Midwife: How you can contribute to the consultation on the new NMC standard

Paul
Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee gives a keynote presentation discussing “The Future Midwife: how you can contribute to the consultation on the new NMC standard” at the London Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2019. Our Maternity & Midwifery Festivals are free to attend,......