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Maternity & Midwifery Hour Episode 13: BAME perspectives from the front line

On this page you can access the live stream, links and resources for Episode 13 of Midwifery Hour, streaming live on Wednesday 8th July from 7pm.

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter have combined to highlight issues around inequalities impacting the BAME population and healthcare professionals alike.

Lola and Mala will draw on their hands-on experiences during the pandemic to reflect on how COVID-19 has affected midwifery practice for this group and for them as individuals, the challenges of setting up and working in a COVID-19 hub and key lessons for a more equal future.

Joining us for this episode are:

  • Sue Macdonald, Co-editor of Mayes Midwifery
  • Lola Ornato, Midwife, Whittington Health NHS Trust
  • Mala Morjaria, Practice nurse / Midwife

The video will be available to watch right here on Wednesday 8th July from 7:00 – 8:00pm.


BAME perspectives from the frontline

Knight M, Bunch K, Tuffnell D, Shakespeare J, Kotnis R, Kenyon S, Kurinczuk JJ (Eds.) on behalf of MBRRACE-UK. Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2015-17. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford 2019.NHS boosts support for pregnant black and ethnic minority women  June 27 2020

COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities

COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

BAME women make up 55% of UK pregnancy hospitalisations with Covid-19

Addressing increased risks during the COVID-19 pandemic for BAME women
Guidance from the Royal College of Midwives

NMC responds to the PHE report – Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of covid-19 on BAME groups

Resources from previous episodes:


NEW: The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, July 2020 .“First Do No Harm”.

NEW: RCM secures agreement for student midwives on work and education 30th June 2020

Changing Times – Supporting womens choices

Hill, M 2019Give Birth Like a Feminist Downe, S., Byrom, S 2019 Squaring the Circle: Normal birth research, theory and practice in a technological age Pinter & Martin

Midwifery Unit Network

The Practising Midwife aka All4Maternity

Student Perspectives

Form to submit questions to HEE Webinars

Student Midwife Case Study (Sharepoint)

General COVID HEE guidance

FAQs complied from HEE webinars:

COVID e-learning resource:

Training and services in Ireland

Becoming a midwife/nurse in Ireland

Maternity services in Ireland

Antenatal care

Home birth

Community Midwives Association Ireland

Cavan MLU

Midwives Association Petition

AngloCelt 5/6/2020

Irish Times 6/6/2020

AngloCelt 12/6/2020

COVID restrictions

Maternity (as of 30/3/2020 via AIMS Ire)


Letterkenny Entonox

Mullingar birth partners 


Neonatal units

INMO press release IDM2020

RCM / Dr Bernie Divall June 2020

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Resources from previous episodes:

Baby Loss

Bereavement care during COVID-19

NBCP website (includes sign up details)

NBCP Scotland website 

NBCP Online Learning Modules –

Follow SANDS on Twitter:

@sandsinsights @sandsuk @clare_worgan @marcharder

#nbcpathway #nbcpscotland #SandsHereToSupport #findingthewords

Human Rights in Maternity

Birthrights   – – position statement and Q&A

RCM Rapid review on optimising maternity services and maternal and newborn outcomes in a pandemic:

Human Rights Violations in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Renfrew, M. J., Cheyne, H,  Craig, J.,  Duff, E., Dykes, F.,  Hunter, B.,  Lavender, T. Page, Lesley.,  Ross-Davie, M.,  Spiby, H.  Downe, Soo (2020). “Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond.”     Midwifery 88:   102759.

A.N. Wilson, et al., Caring for the carers: Ensuring the provision of quality maternity care during a global pandemic, Women Birth (2020),

Current Issues

Jane Elliott – “take a walk in my shoes”…   Based on brown & blue eyes

Pre-Eclampsia resources

Action on pre-eclampsia  (APEC)

Action on pre-eclampsia virtual Learning Environment:  (APEC)

Infant Feeding

Brown, A  2019   Informed is best: How to spot fake news about your pregnancy, birth and baby    Pinter and Martin (also Kindle)

Brown, A Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We Feed Our Babies?  2016 Pinter and Martin

Regan, S., Brown, A 2019   Experiences of online breastfeeding support: Support and reassurance versus judgement and misinformation Maternal & Child Nutrition  10.1111/mcn.12874

Brown, A 2018  Giving your baby solid food early won’t help them sleep better

Brown, A. 2018 Breastfeeding is good for mothers’ mental health – but those who struggle need support

Harries, V., Brown, A., Brown, A. 2019 The association between baby care books that promote strict care routines and infant feeding, night time care, and maternal-infant interactions Maternal & Child Nutrition e12858

Entwistle, F  2017 Chapter 44  Infant Feeding and relationship Building in Macdonald SE and Johnson G 2017 Mayes Midwifery Elsevier 

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website 

NEW UNICEF campaign launched today

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Statement on Infant \feeding during the Coronovirus (Covid 19) outbreak Updated 02 April 2020

UINCEF Statement: Infant feeding on neonatal units during the Covid-19 outbreak (updated 02 April 2020)

Contact UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative: [email protected]

Maternity and Midwifery Forum 

Nursing and Midwifery Council:  

Guidance for students – also keep in contact with your university

RCM/RCOG  Information:

Royal College of Midwives

 (RCM): RCM Position statement: Birth Partners’  16.4.20

Other clinical briefings:

Midwifery Unit Network MUNet European Position Statement – Midwifery Units & CoVid-19  published  April 7th 2020

Public Health England – Covid-19 Personal protective Equipment (PPE ) 2.4.2020

Also UK  Covid Symptom Tracker  – download and check in daily John Hopkins Coronovirus Resource Center

All4Maternity – Nurturezone  (

The Practising Midwife site:

The COVID-19 blog:

NHS information  about wellbeing apps for NHS staff:

NHS in Mind – Free platform with 8 easy access inventions for staff:

PPE Donning     

 and Doffing:

Wobble Rooms and other FAB stuff…

The Midwife Patchwork 2020 project: .. See on Twitter: @ThemidwifePatc1   or

WHO advice on breastfeeding 2020

ObsCOVID  a new online  registry  designed for healthcare workers in maternity

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