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Domestic abuse in pregnancy, my reflection as a midwife

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Screening for Domestic abuse in pregnancy is an expected role of the midwife. Jeannine Marie Webster, midwife in Dublin, shares some thoughts on this role and the new screening guidance for Ireland. _____________________ Midwifery is a holistic profession, we view the woman treating the mind and the body, not only......

Are you providing information on induction of labour? – new survey

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As the rates of induction of labour are continuing to rise globally more evidence is required on the role of the midwife in providing information for appropriate consent. Amy Mahdi, research midwife, Liverpool Women’s hospital, Liverpool describes the background to a new study and invites us to contribute.    _______________________________  The......

The Papers | Maternity and Midwifery Forum

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News Headlines 2024 Stay abreast of key messages and developments and ensure you stay in touch with your peers. Refresh this each week to find the latest headlines picked out by the Maternity and Midwifery Forum’s editorial team. W/B Monday the 8th April 2024 Black women in England suffer more......

The 4th All-Ireland Maternity and Midwifery Festival

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Visit the All-Ireland Maternity and Midwifery Festival website. > REGISTER YOUR FREE PLACE HERE < The 4th All-Ireland Maternity and Midwifery Festival takes place on Tuesday 9 April at the Helix, Dublin, online and on demand. Created by midwives for midwives and brought to you by MATFLIX, All4Maternity, Irish Nurses......

Positive About Down Syndrome

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Last week the yearly World Down Syndrome day took place on 21st March. In this article Holli Sheahan from charity Down Syndrome UK shares resources and information for midwives and health professionals to be ‘positive about Down syndrome’.  ________________________ What is Down syndrome? Down syndrome is a naturally occurring genetic......

Harmonising Health: using the power of song to boost maternal mental wellness

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The impact of postnatal depression for families continues to be of major concern. Finding ways to promote maternal well-being is therefore of importance in communities. In this article Lilli Murdoch from ‘Breathe Melodies for Mums‘, shares the innovative, and research-based, way in which singing is making a difference.  ___________________________________________ In......

HAPPY BIRTH DAYS – Using art to make space for conversations on birth

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Over centuries different mediums of art have been used to illustrate and explore pregnancy and mother and parenthood. It is also used to support wellbeing following birth in different ways. Ellie Shipman, visual and participatory artist in Bristol, shares some of her work and her current project. Can you collaborate?  ......

Understanding surrogacy for midwifery practice

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How much do you know about caring for people experiencing pregnancy and birth through a surrogacy arrangement? In this significant article, Gemma Cromwell, a third-year student midwife at The University of Bedfordshire, shares her personal experience, and those of others, to improve midwifery practices.   ____________________ Surrogacy, what does that word mean......

Excitement in Abu Dhabi – reflecting on a new education role 

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Main article image: FCHS Midwifery team – Fatima College of Health Science Midwifery team, (from left to right, Maeve O’Connell, Gina Sosa, Joanna Andrews, Karradene Aird)  This article continues the ongoing series of articles on setting up a new Midwifery programme in Abu Dhabi.  Now six weeks in, Joanna Andrews......

A glance of Midwifery ‘down under’

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What is it like working in Australia? In this article Samantha Mashiri, Midwife, shares her experience of moving into midwifery practice and compares with life in the UK. ____________________________ Life in Australia offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and a laid-back vibe. From the stunning beaches, the......