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Midwifery Sector News

“Body image is a stronger prediction of breastfeeding duration than weight.”

James Pubus
In 2014 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office published a report into the effects of body image during pregnancy and post-birth. The report concluded that midwives and health visitors should support women not to fixate on body image and to eat healthily during......
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Vaughan Gething AM- Keynote address

James Pubus
After facing down calls to quit in Spring 2019 following a damning report into Cwm Taf maternity services, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething AM pledged to improve the quality of maternity care in Wales. At the second annual Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery......
Midwifery Sector News

Healthy Pregnancy Clinic HPC

James Pubus
Obesity causes problems at all stages of life – so it’s not surprising that it can have a serious effect on the success of pregnancy. Miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth are all an increased probability, as well as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, thrombosis, gestational diabetes, longer labour, and heavy bleeding......
Midwifery Sector News

How to deal with stress and build resilience within the healthcare profession through laughter!

James Pubus
LOL Laughterworks first presented – or perhaps performed – at the Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Festival in 2019 but were such a hit that they quickly became a fixture! Laughter is clinically proven to help alleviate depression, anxiety and stress – and best of all, a fake laugh is as......
Midwifery Sector News

Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

Paul
The Wales & South West Maternity & Midwifery Festival takes place at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday 18th September 2019. The festival will feature our usual mix of high quality speakers, the latest industry innovations in our exhibition area, free taster treatments in our wellbeing zone and of course our second annual Wales......
Midwifery Sector News

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

James Pubus
“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

Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome during pregnancy, birth and beyond

James Pubus
After the actor and activist Jameela Jamil mentioned her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in an Instagram comment in February and was later presented with an award by the Ehlers-Danlos Society for being a patient advocate, a lot of fans were left scratching their heads. Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a relatively unknown......
Midwifery Sector News

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

James Pubus
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......