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Better Births – Five years on

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Better Births Five Year Review
Last week saw the celebratory meeting online to report on the fifth year of progress of the Better Births maternity transformation for England. For those unfamiliar with Better Births, back in 2015 a country-wide consultation process took place to consider how maternity service could be improved after the revelations from......
Midwifery Sector News

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

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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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Sign our petition! A Chief Midwifery Officer for every country

Paul
Following the appointment of Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE as the first Chief Midwifery Officer for England, an international group of midwives are calling on every country to follow suit, including each of the devolved governments in the UK. When announcing the first occupant of the England wide role, NHS chief......
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Implementing Better Births

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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......
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“The power midwives have to make a better world, economically and through empowering women, is immense.”

Paul
Brydon Williams, Clinical Supervisor for Midwives at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is also Brydon Williams, midwife, trainer and treasurer for Midwives@Ethiopia. Midwives@Ethiopia sends experienced midwives from the UK to Ethiopia to work with organisations and midwives in Ethiopia. Brydon told the Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival......
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“You shouldn’t have to feel you’re pushing your pregnancy aside…”

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“Even when you account for ethnicity, substance misuse, smoking – an out-of-home [situation] or housing instability leads to a low birth-weight baby.”   Being pregnant whilst homeless throws up a unique set of challenges. Pregnant women who become homeless have priority need for accommodation, according to government guidance, but problems......
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Midwifery a global update, what this means for normal labour and birth

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Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash
At the World Health Assembly this year, 194 member states agreed unanimously to put nursing and midwifery at the centre of achieving Universal Health Coverage. It’s a first in world health. They also declared 2020 ‘the Year of the Nurse and the Year of the Midwife’ and pledged to focus......
Midwifery Sector News

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

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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. ......
Videos

Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Maternity Voices Partnership our journey so far

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Jasmine Cajee, Midwife Programme Support Officer Better Births, Leicester Maternity Voices City Clinical Commissioning Group, gives a presentation on “Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutlands Maternity Voices Partnership: Our journey so far” at the Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2019. Our Maternity & Midwifery Festivals are free to attend, regional professional development......
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The changing practice of midwifery

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To the public the practice of midwifery seems timeless with a steady story of progress, increased knowledge and professional practice with added support from modern medicine, science and surgery. A steady straight line of improvement in mortality, clinical practice and understanding.  But that is not the case.  Modern maternity practices,......