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All Bodies, All Selves: Anti-Oppressive Practice and Midwifery 

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At the end of LGBT+ history month, in this powerful article, Dr Alys Einion, FRCM, Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee and Editor-in-Chief, The Practising Midwife, raises concerns about oppression in midwifery practice.  She challenges us all to reflect on attitudes and behaviours in practice to value all people we encounter. ......
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Moral Distress/ Moral Injury in Midwives Research Recruitment

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The health inequalities in people receiving maternity services have received growing concern in the country, where pregnant people from Black and South Asian backgrounds were reported to face double to triple the risks of dying during pregnancy [1], and systemic racism has been suggested to contribute to the issue [2].......
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Continuity of care for pregnant women with substance dependency

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Pregnant women with substance dependency are more likely to lead multi-layered, psychologically and socially complex lives and can be distrustful of mainstream services. Dr Elaine Moore, a retired midwife from Ayrshire, Scotland, shares some findings from her recent study exploring midwifery continuity of care and its impact on midwife/mother relationships. ......
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An Introduction to Reflexology in Pregnancy and Birth

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Complementary therapies are often used or sought by women during pregnancy. Reflexology is one such therapy. Did you know there are different types of reflexology? Expert in complementary therapies Dr Denise Tiran, CEO and Education Director for Expectancy, explains the differences in reflex therapies and how they may be used......
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Being a student with emotionally unstable borderline personality disorder

Debra
Midwives and students are all unique and have their own personal challenges and struggles. In this powerful article Gemma Cromwell, third year student midwife at the University of Bedfordshire, shares her story of becoming and achieving as a student with a mental health condition with the support of all around......
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Birth Trauma – the train has left the station

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Concerns about the level of birth trauma women are experiencing are rising, to the extent an Inquiry has been set up by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Birth Trauma. Neil Stewart, editorial Director of the Maternity and Midwifery Forum, explores the reasons behind the rise and challenges midwives and......
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Tackling birth trauma prevention: tips, tools and actions for all

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Understanding and awareness of traumatic experiences of pregnancy and birth has emerged and developed in recent years. This includes those of maternity staff. The topic was recently debated in the UK parliament. In this article Evelien Docherty Communications Lead at Make Birth Better discusses the concerns and frames what can......
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The complexity of a physiological care approach: researching use and competence  

Debra
Our understanding of physiological birth may appear to us to be straightforward. In this article, based on her PhD studies at City, University of London, Florence Darling, QMNC Research Fellow, discusses how complex a physiological care approach is, and emphasises the need for research to understand its use in practice,......
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A bad week for maternity services

Debra
There has been a lot going on for UK Maternity services, though you may not have been aware of the news with all going on in the Middle East, the Ukraine and the weather! Neil Stewart, Editorial Director for the Maternity and Midwifery Forum, presents and reflects on a very......