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How midwifery staff can support Autistic women with breastfeeding: recommendations from Autistic people

Debra
World breastfeeding week aims to educate and support breastfeeding. This year the focus is on “strengthening the capacity” of those who are involved in supporting breastfeeding. To this end we have invited Dr Aimee Grant, Senior research officer, Centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Research, Swansea University, to educate......
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Writing a text book for maternity carers in India and beyond

Debra
There have been few books written specifically for midwives educating in India. Until now they have often had to use texts that have come from western sources and are not relevant to their needs and population. Tanya Burchell has rectified this by writing a book specifically to reach the population......
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Recruiting student midwives in the United Arab Emirates for a New Midwifery Programme

Debra
In this fourth article, Gina (Georgina Sosa) PhD, Midwife, Assistant Professor of midwifery reflects on the progression of the #MidwiferyinAbuDhabi journey (previous articles are available on the Midwifery Forum website 1, 2, 3 )   Recruiting student midwives in the United Arab Emirates for a New Midwifery Programme   As we approached......
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The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Debra
In this article Kirstin Webster, ANNP and NMPA Neonatal Clinical Fellow, presents an overview of the recently published National Maternity and Perinatal Audit annual clinical report. Highlighting key findings and recommendations for improvements in clinical care and data quality. She also provides an update on other recent activities and developments......
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Compassion is our name: Birmingham doula charity supports vulnerable women

Debra
In 2018, two friends put their dreams into action. Hope Plumb, a doula and personal trainer/fitness instructor, and Amelia Sommers, a doula and dance movement psychotherapist, had been dreaming up a way to support isolated and vulnerable women in Birmingham through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. After months of......
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Developing antenatal education resources on severe perinatal mental illness

Debra
Postpartum Psychosis is a severe postnatal mental illness affecting around 1 in 500 women. Naomi Gilbert, Campaigns & Policy Coordinator for the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis points out that few parents are informed about the signs of the condition during antenatal education. She describes some of the concerns and......
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Understanding the Healthy Start and Best Start Foods schemes

Debra
In recent months the Healthy start and Best start food schemes have moved to being digital. Many eligible families are not receiving the benefits. Dr Jenny Hall explains the scheme for midwives to share with those who need them. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Understanding the Healthy Start and Best Start Foods schemes In......
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Midwifery Student Retention – the critical months

Debra
Midwifery Student Retention – the critical months These are critical months for midwifery student retention.   As year-end approaches, among challenging news headlines and serious morale issues in the profession, what can we do to lift engagement and motivate staff and students to stay and refresh? Student engagement and retention are......
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Overturn of Roe vs Wade: what happens now?

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In this article Dr Jenny Hall, Midwifery editor for the Maternity and midwifery forum, reflects on the overturn of the abortion law Roe vs Wade in the constitution of the United States (US) and the potential impact.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     Overturn of Roe vs Wade: what happens now? This......