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Why do 50% of pregnant mothers lapse from their iron supplements treatment?

Debra
During pregnancy, there is an increased need for iron as blood volume increases by 40-50%. During the second and third trimesters, dietary iron requirements can increase to as much as 30mg per day. High dose oral iron is the most recommended form of iron for pregnant women, however 8/10 suffer from the side effects of oral iron. This leads......
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Spread a little nappiness

Debra
In the news discussion continues to take place on climate change and how we can avoid the use of single use plastics. Disposable nappies have come into the spotlight. Ashley Artusa-Barrell, founder of My Son’s Planet, explores the issues.   Disposable nappies are big business. The disposable nappy industry is......
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Abortion laws and the United States: why it matters

Debra
The circumstances around abortion in the United States has hit the news this month as September 1st saw the introduction of a new law in Texas state. The law outlaws abortions for anyone with a fetus over 6 weeks gestation where cardiac activity of the fetus has been detected, unless......
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Love That Birth Physiology

Debra
Birth Physiology
Gaining knowledge of the anatomy and physiology around birth is an important aspect of a student midwife’s programme of education. It is also important to understand how the actions midwives take is related to the physiology. Molly is creator and teacher of the “Biomechanics for birth” courses, as well as......
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Maternity & Midwifery Directory Launch

Debra
Directory
For maternity and midwifery services in the UK the pandemic seemed to make time stand still, if not go backwards. Home births cancelled, water births restricted, limited visitors (fathers were never allowed in when I was born). But time did not stand still.  Maternity and midwifery is going through its......
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A Holding Time Project call to arms: a collective portrait of breastfeeding

Debra
A Holding Time Project call to arms: a collective portrait of breastfeeding
During National Breastfeeding week at the start of August Improving Me, the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership launched the Holding Time Project. This involved a call for participants in an inter-disciplinary, multi-channel art project, developed by visual artist Lisa Creagh on behalf of the partnership. The focus......
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How do NHS midwives facilitate women’s alternative physiological births?

Debra
Alternative physiological births
In the print and social media heated debates have often taken place over interventions during birth. Some women and birthing people only want medicalised care where there is another group who want to choose less intervention birth. In this talk Claire discusses her PhD research, during which she explored how......
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Participants invited to take part in a survey which explores the needs and care of perinatal women from ethnic minority backgrounds in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Paul
We are researchers from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking a project funded by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Local Maternity System. The study aims to explore the experiences of maternity care and mental health needs and support amongst ethnic minority women in Lancashire and South Cumbria. As......
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When choice is taken away empowering families when facing decisions about baby loss

Paul
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......