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Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: The State of the Art in 2020

Paul
As an expectant parent in the developed world, there are certain tests you expect to be offered nowadays. You expect to be able to find out whether your child is male or female, for example, and – as far as possible – determine the risks of certain genetic and chromosomal......
Midwifery Sector News

Why are so many pregnant women iron deficient? And what can we do about it?

Paul
Avril Flynn
Many pregnant women are not getting the right amount of iron. For mothers, the risks of iron deficiency include poor cognition and low productivity, fatigue, palpitations, depression, low mood and anaemia. For babies: preterm birth, low birth-weight and – at the extreme end – congenital abnormalities, cognitive impairment, and a......
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Informed Consent: Human Rights and Respect in Maternity Care

Paul
“This was never about blame, this was never about a particular doctor getting in trouble… this was about me wanting to understand what had happened to me and to make sure it never happened to another person.” The Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board consent case [2015] resulted in legally enforced......
Midwifery Sector News

“Poor quality of care is now a bigger barrier to reducing mortality than insufficient access to care.”

Paul
2020 will be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  Fran McConville, Midwifery Advisor at the World Health Organisation, entreats midwives everywhere to use this as an opportunity to raise the profile of midwifery, trumpet its importance, and campaign for better maternity care and the investment needed to make......
Videos

Respectful Maternity Care: A Call to Action

Paul
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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Improving care for mothers and babies a network approach

Paul
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

“Behaviour is an invisible cloak that you think nobody can see… Embroider your cloak with love, kindness, goodwill, integrity, truth and honour”

Paul
England’s first Chief Midwifery Officer was appointed earlier this year. The appointment marked a shift in maternity and midwifery care in the NHS both towards midwife-led care for women and towards midwives becoming an ever-more self-governing group.   In this presentation, Jennifer ‘Jenny the Midwife’ Clarke explains that a true......
Midwifery Sector News

Mental Health and Stress in Maternity

Paul
The UK Health and Social Care Secretary announced new plans for better mental health and wellbeing care for NHS midwives, based on the HEE report on the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff and learners.  In her extremely popular presentation to the Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival, Dr Sally......
Midwifery Sector News

Complex Care in Caseloading: the way forward for ALL pregnancies

Paul
Maternity services are under increased debate.  Rethinking methods of delivery, personalisation of care pushing back against increased caesarean sections and increased focus on postnatal care.  Into this mix groups of midwives, of which 121 midwives are an example, are working outside the institutional structures of the NHS to give women......
Videos

Assessing the quality of care you give

Paul
Dr Andrew Symon, Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee gives a plenary presentation discussing “Assessing the quality of care you give” at the Scotland Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2018. Our Maternity & Midwifery Festivals are free to attend, regional professional development forums for healthcare practitioners wishing to update their skills and......