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Why do 50% of pregnant mothers lapse from their iron supplements treatment?

Debra
During pregnancy, there is an increased need for iron as blood volume increases by 40-50%. During the second and third trimesters, dietary iron requirements can increase to as much as 30mg per day. High dose oral iron is the most recommended form of iron for pregnant women, however 8/10 suffer from the side effects of oral iron. This leads......
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Spread a little nappiness

Debra
In the news discussion continues to take place on climate change and how we can avoid the use of single use plastics. Disposable nappies have come into the spotlight. Ashley Artusa-Barrell, founder of My Son’s Planet, explores the issues.   Disposable nappies are big business. The disposable nappy industry is......
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Abortion laws and the United States: why it matters

Debra
The circumstances around abortion in the United States has hit the news this month as September 1st saw the introduction of a new law in Texas state. The law outlaws abortions for anyone with a fetus over 6 weeks gestation where cardiac activity of the fetus has been detected, unless......
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Love That Birth Physiology

Debra
Birth Physiology
Gaining knowledge of the anatomy and physiology around birth is an important aspect of a student midwife’s programme of education. It is also important to understand how the actions midwives take is related to the physiology. Molly is creator and teacher of the “Biomechanics for birth” courses, as well as......
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How do NHS midwives facilitate women’s alternative physiological births?

Debra
Alternative physiological births
In the print and social media heated debates have often taken place over interventions during birth. Some women and birthing people only want medicalised care where there is another group who want to choose less intervention birth. In this talk Claire discusses her PhD research, during which she explored how......
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What We Need to Thrive?

Paul
In 2011, one of the Society of African and Caribbean Midwives (SoAC) leaders embarked on the journey of becoming a Mary Seacole Leadership. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr ‘Take the first step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.’ Embarking on......
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Join thousands of midwives already registered to issue digital maternity exemption certificates

Paul
Digital Maternity Exemption Certificates
Almost 7,500 healthcare professionals have now signed up to be able to send digital certificates. Midwives, practice nurses and health visitors can register to issue digital maternity exemption certificates on the NHS Business Services Authority website. Pregnant women and mothers with a baby under a year old need a maternity......
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Childbirth Choices Matter Campaign: enabling choice of caregiver

Paul
Childbirth Choices Matter Campaign: enabling choice of caregiver
Planning a birth is a concept that has become part of our colloquial language in our childbirth journeys; choosing the environment, care provider and circumstances that surround your birth is both an issue of human rights and personal dignity. For some women and birthing people the choice of care provider......
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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......