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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month

Debra
FASD
September is international FASD Awareness month, with FASD Day falling on 9th September, signifying the 9 months of pregnancy. This FASD Month, we are calling on people to ‘Think Differently’ about FASD.   “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people......
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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......
Midwifery Sector News

“You shouldn’t have to feel you’re pushing your pregnancy aside…”

Paul
“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......
Midwifery Sector News

Midwifery a global update, what this means for normal labour and birth

Paul
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

Maternal Mental Health Problems Rising

Paul
Louis Theroux’s latest documentary ‘Mothers On the Edge’ shone a light on the terrifying realities of psychosis in new mothers – however amongst midwives and health visitors the volume of conversation around post-partum mental health has been steadily rising for some time.     In this standing-room-only seminar from the......
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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......
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That’s What Keeps Me in Midwifery: Resilience and Sustainability in Maternity Care

Paul
Professor Billie Hunter, Professor of Midwifery, Cardiff University gives a presentation discussing “That’s What Keeps Me in Midwifery: Resilience and Sustainability in Maternity Care” at the Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2018. Our Maternity & Midwifery Festivals are free to attend, regional professional development forums for healthcare......
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Leadership within midwifery research

Paul
Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen, Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research at the University of Birmingham discusses Leadership within midwifery research at the Maternity, Midwifery and Baby Birmingham 2017 forum. Midwives and other healthcare professionals are at the forefront of caring for and safeguarding their clients’ wellbeing but......