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Last chance saloon or a ray of hope? COP26 climate change and midwifery practice

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Lorna Davies
In this important blog, Lorna Davies RM, PHD. PGCE(A), Principal Lecturer, School of Midwifery, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand, discusses the COP 26 climate summit. She calls  for midwives, as public health professionals, to be aware and responsive to the current climate emergency.   On 31st October 2021, the 26th UN......
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Midwives under fire-the reality of life in Afghanistan

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Afghan Midwives
A news report this week bore the headline ‘Gunmen killed a midwife who refused to leave a woman in labour’. It is a harrowing read, including the story of Maryam Noorzad who was supporting a woman to give birth as terrorists burst into her hospital in 2020 and shot her......
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Surviving in Today’s NHS: What Student Midwives Need to Know

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Leah Hazard
During their training, student midwives learn essential skills for the preservation of life. For the safety of women and other birthing people, students learn how to identify and manage illness and emergency, how to facilitate physiological birth, how to support parents during necessary interventions, and how to lay the foundations......
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Continuity of Carer – Workplace Toolkit

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Continuity of Carer Toolkit
Delivering Midwifery Continuity of Carer at full scale: Guidance on planning, implementation and monitoring 2021/22 is the most recent guidance released from NHS England. Read the report here: Delivering Midwifery Continuity of Carer at full scale Get the toolkit here: Continuity of Carer Workforce Modelling Tool The purpose of the......
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Strengthening global midwifery: Starting the journey in the United Arab Emirates

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Maeve O'Connell
In an ongoing series of blogs, two UK midwives, Georgina Sosa and Maeve O’Connell, will be sharing their journey of supporting development of midwifery in another global setting. In this first post, Maeve  reflects on the beginning of their role. Strengthening global midwifery: Starting the journey in the United Arab......
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Science is not stopping at vaccines

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The current global vaccine programme has been a huge success and raised the profile of science and its ability to analyse and change the biological world.   COVID 19 might take the lives of 5 Million but Spanish Flu took an estimated 20 million, possibly more.   Science, and in particular genetics......
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Maternity & Midwifery Directory Launch

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Directory
For maternity and midwifery services in the UK the pandemic seemed to make time stand still, if not go backwards. Home births cancelled, water births restricted, limited visitors (fathers were never allowed in when I was born). But time did not stand still.  Maternity and midwifery is going through its......
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A Holding Time Project call to arms: a collective portrait of breastfeeding

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A Holding Time Project call to arms: a collective portrait of breastfeeding
During National Breastfeeding week at the start of August Improving Me, the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership launched the Holding Time Project. This involved a call for participants in an inter-disciplinary, multi-channel art project, developed by visual artist Lisa Creagh on behalf of the partnership. The focus......
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It’s time to get equality in vaccinations

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It’s time to get equality in vaccinations
As the summer months progress here in the UK, there continue to be reverberations in the press and on social media about COVID-19 and vaccines. Writing today, rates continue to rise, with another 230,800 testing positive within the last week. The vaccination rate for the adult population has 88% for......