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Celebrating the public health role of midwives: the smoking cessation midwife

Paul
The role of the midwife has certainly expanded since I started my training in 1981 and I continue to be amazed at the wonderful work my colleagues engage with. Sarah Leach, is one such midwife who ‘goes the extra mile’ when it comes to giving good care. Sarah decided to......
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Join thousands of midwives already registered to issue digital maternity exemption certificates

Paul
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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Participants invited to take part in a survey which explores the needs and care of perinatal women from ethnic minority backgrounds in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Paul
We are researchers from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking a project funded by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Local Maternity System. The study aims to explore the experiences of maternity care and mental health needs and support amongst ethnic minority women in Lancashire and South Cumbria. As......
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COVID-19 lockdown and the emerging impact on pregnancy

Paul
As I write, the so called “easing of lockdown” is taking place in the UK, following the devastation of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over this time researchers and policy makers have worked together to gather data and undertake research to establish how the outbreak has impacted on women who have......
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Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: The State of the Art in 2020

James Pubus
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......
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Why are so many pregnant women iron deficient? And what can we do about it?

James Pubus
Many pregnant women are not getting the right amount of iron. For mothers, the risks of iron deficiency include poor cognition and low productivity, fatigue, palpitations, depression, low mood and anaemia. For babies: preterm birth, low birth-weight and – at the extreme end – congenital abnormalities, cognitive impairment, and a......