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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 26th of February 2024 Europe Embraces Compassionate Maternity......
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Lithotomy Challenge – do you know how it feels? 

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Across the world during labour and birth many women and birthing people are placed into the lithotomy position. In this article Florence Wilcock, Consultant obstetrician Kingston Hospital, London, and podcaster @TheObsPod, explains how she set up the lithotomy challenge to help understand the impact of being in that position. Are......
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Aspirin prophylaxis to prevent pre-eclampsia: the role of midwives

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Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a serious condition globally. In this article Dr Cristina Fernandez Turienzo, Midwife Senior Research Fellow, and Prof Andrew H Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics, King’s College London, point to the use of Aspirin prophylaxis and the importance of midwives in promoting its use. __________________________ Hypertensive disorders......
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Chief Midwife for the ICM: Reflections and insights

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We are privileged to have Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, the first Chief Midwife for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), write this week’s article and speak on the Midwifery Hour. She reflects on her role and highlights the importance of strengthening midwifery across the world. _________________________________________________ As the first Chief......
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Midwifery Education – Running up a down escalator?

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Midwifery education in the UK is continuing to be under pressure, highlighted most recently by the RCM’s State of Midwifery education report. Neil Stewart, Editorial Director, reflects on the report and invites you to join the Midwifery education: Educating future midwives conference to discuss the issues ___________________________________________________  In the parliamentary......
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Safeguarding Supervision in Midwifery

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Supporting midwives to develop and reflect has always been an important aspect of practice. Understanding safeguarding principles is significant for maintaining a healthy workforce.  In this article Gaynor Morrison, Specialist Midwife in Safeguarding and Lecturer at Surrey University, and Sharon Bunford, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Professional Midwifery Advocate, Royal......
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The Student Midwife Experience Festival | 8 November 2023

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Visit the Student Midwife Experience website. The 5th National Student Midwife Experience Festival takes place on Wednesday 8 November online and in-person at South Bank Rooms, Coin Street Conference Centre, 108 Stamford St, London, SE1 9NH (5 mins from Waterloo Station). A free to attend, one day festival for all student......
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Baby loss in the UK: Reflecting on the MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Surveillance Report “State of the Nation”

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Any loss of a baby is tragic and has far-reaching consequences. In this article Olanma Ogbuehi, Midwifery Lecturer, University of Hull, explores the recent MBRRACE-UK report focussing on perinatal deaths in 2021 and discusses the fluctuations in data.   __________________________________________________ This year, “Baby Loss Awareness Week” takes place in the shadow......
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10-point plan for a menopause friendly workplace

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Loretta Dignam is the Founder & CEO of The Menopause Hub, which offers CPD accredited menopause training for all colleagues / managers & supervisors / HR teams / Menopause Champions, delivered face-to-face, onsite, virtually, e-learning modules or via a hybrid combination.  __________________________________________________ I set up The Menopause Hub – Ireland’s......
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The Rise and Fall of the Albany Midwifery Practice (London 1997-2009)

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Across the world midwives providing relational continuity support is seen as beneficial for women, families and the midwives working in that model. In the UK creating continuity teams is in the Maternity transformation plans, but this is not new. Prior to, and into the 1990’s, midwives were working in group......