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Tackling Bias in Healthcare Settings: Developing a Health Inequalities Strategy across the South East Region

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It is of concern that there is inequity of access and outcomes within maternity services. Aiming to address the inequity the perinatal mental health team at NHSE South East region have created a filmed educational resource. In this article Jenny Walsh, Clinical Lead for Perinatal Mental Health, describes the creation......
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INFANT MENTAL HEALTH: Focus on parent-infant relationships to give babies the best start in life

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Globally midwives have an important role in supporting the attachment of parents to their new baby in the early weeks after birth. It is of concern that priority for postnatal services in recent years have continued to decline, with the latest Care Quality Commission maternity survey report highlighting decreased satisfaction......
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Care and decision making in pregnancy – NIHR Evidence on the support women need

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The UK National Institute for Health research, who fund research on maternity services, have pulled together the evidence on the support women need into one place. They explain the work below Pregnancy and childbirth can be joyful experiences. But they are not without risk and maternity services offer skilled support......
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Working through COVID: A reflection on a shift

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At the start of the COVID pandemic member of the RCN Midwifery Forum Committee, and Maternity and Midwifery steering group, Judy Evans, practising bank midwife and nurse signed up with NHS England to offer service. No immediate work was offered (thousands had no doubt signed up plus returnees to the......
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March with Midwives: Is This Our Moment?

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In November 2021 a vigil, March with Midwives,  was held by birthworkers and birth supporters across the country to support midwives against a backdrop of poor staffing levels and the continued political and media storm.  A further demonstration of support is to be held on March 13th in London and......
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HIV in Pregnancy

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March 1st is international Zero Discrimination day for HIV led by the United Nations. HIV remains of global concern, with many lacking the access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment. In this article Professor Yvonne Gilleece, Honorary Clinical Professor and Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and......
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Supporting the National Strategy for Midwifery in the United Arab Emirates

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Supporting the National Strategy for Midwifery in the United Arab Emirates   In this second article (see the first here ), Gina (Georgina Sosa) PhD, Midwife, Assistant Professor of midwifery reflects on the progression of the #MidwiferyinAbuDhabi journey   Our journey to develop a high-quality midwifery degree programme in the......
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Midwifery Continuity of Carer at the sharp end: Do we take off, taxi the runway or return to the place we came from…?

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Joanne Crawford is Head of Midwifery in an England NHS Trust moving toward full continuity of carer for maternity services. She reflects personally on her experience of leading the developments and the challenges faced to support staff through the changes.   Midwifery Continuity of Carer at the sharp end: Do......
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The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit: inequalities through COVID-19

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on many walks of life are slowly coming into the public domain. In this article Kirstin Webster, ANNP and NMPA Neonatal Clinical Fellow, describes the role of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit, presenting results from research using the audit’s data on births during......
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The Power of the Midwife: skills for recognising cancer

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This month sees a global focus on cancer on World Cancer day. In this article Jude Jones, midwife advisor, and Pete Wallroth, Founder and CEO for Mummy’s Star, discuss the importance of the role of the midwife in recognising symptoms that could be pointing to cancer.   In Mummy’s star......