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EDITORIAL Creativity counts


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

2017;20(6:6

 (June 2017)


In a welcome to delegates attending the 31st ICM Congress in Toronto, Anna Byron calls on midwives to embrace creativity to adapt and respond to the present and future needs of all those using maternity services
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The ungentle art of persuasion


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

2017;20(6): ePub 29 May 2017

 (June 2017)


  A number of health care practitioners and papers have mooted the idea that sales techniques can be used to identify reasons for non-compliance and then offer information tailored to the recipient's concerns. This month, Sara argues that this is inappropriate, paternalistic and not in alignment with the meaning of midwifery.  
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VIEWPOINT What to push for?


Professor Lesley Page CBE

Visiting Professor, Kings College London and Adjunct Professor UTS and Griffith University (Australia)

2017;20(6): ePub 29 May 2017

 (June 2017)


The aim of midwifery care is to optimise health and wellbeing for mother and baby; support for a straightforward normal birth is a part of that care continuum.
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LAST WORD Women on the march


Louise Webster

Third year student midwife, University of Worcester

2017;20(5): ePub 1 May 2017

 (May 2017)


Louise Webster recounts her experience of taking part in the Women’s March in London, and how it made her question her beliefs about what it means to be a feminist
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The evidence for rebozos: Part 2


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

2017; 20(5): ePub 1 May 2017

 (May 2017)


This is the second part of a two-part article in which Sara discusses the use and history of the rebozo, a colourful shawl traditionally worn by Mexican women, which is increasingly used as a tool by midwives, and considers whether there is evidence to support its use in midwifery practice.
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EDITORIAL: From the front, side or back?


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

2017;20(5):6

 (May 2017)


To fulfil our role as lead carers for normal childbearing and birth we must consider how we lead
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX What's the evidence for rebozos? Part 1


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

TPM 2017;20(4: ePub 1 April 2017

 

 (April 2017)


This month, in the first part of a two-part article, Sara discusses the use and history of the rebozo, a colourful shawl traditionally worn by Mexican women, which is increasingly used as a tool by midwives, and considers whether there is evidence to support its use in midwifery practice.
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VIEWPOINT Working beyond boundaries: taking the long view


Becky Reed

Ex-Albany midwife, doula and writer in south London

TPM 2017;20(4): ePub 1 April 2017

 (April 2017)


Over the years I've learned that what matters more than anything is the 'long view'. Let us look carefully at what is right for each individual woman, and happily step outside those boundaries (or guidelines) if that is what is right for her.
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Pushing boundaries, together


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

TPM 2017;20(4):6

 (April 2017)


As practising midwives, we are expected to work within set boundaries, stipulated by our professional regulators. However, in our daily practice, we are frequently required to work at the edges of our role – especially with the margins between ‘normal’ and ‘complex’ childbearing frequently shifting.
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LAST WORD Knitting quitters


Jilly Ireland

Supervisor of Midwives at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University

Heidi Croucher

Smoking of Pregnancy liaison Midwife at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

20(4)

 (April 2017)



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In the room


Anna Byrom

Editor.

Follow me on Twitter: @abcmidwife

20(3):6

 (March 2017)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Pondering domesticity


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

20(3): 1 March 2017

 

 (March 2017)


  This month Sara Wickham reflects on the findings of a research paper looking at how domesticity dictates behaviour in the birthing space, contemplating her own experiences in this area and highlighting key points for consideration by midwives.
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LAST WORD Leaping into the community: a dream realised


Becky Westbury

Integrated midwife at Royal Gwent Hospital

 

 (February 2017)


Becky Westbury writes about what it means to her to have achieved her long-held ambition to become a community midwife 
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Getting alongside – being with our peers


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (February 2017)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Do midwives kiss babies?


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (February 2017)


This month, Sara shares the most interesting question that has been searched for on her website - whether midwives kiss babies - and considers what we can learn from thinking about questions and what lies behind them.
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VIEWPOINT Being with


Professor Lesley Page CBE

President of the Royal College of Midwives, visiting Professor at King's College London and adjunct Professor at UTS and Griffith University, Australia

 

 (February 2017)



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EDITORIAL Looking back to learn


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (January 2017)



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LAST WORD Bucking the trend


Kate Osborne

Second Year Student Midwife at University of Southampton

 (January 2017)



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VIEWPOINT For starters…


Sascha Wells

Director of Maternity, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

 (January 2017)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The language of birth: crossing the Ts and promoting positivity


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (January 2017)


This month, Sara revisits the topic of the language that we use when describing birth and talking to women, drawing upon conversations with colleagues and on social media to highlight examples of positive and negative language.
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Matters of the mind


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

 (December 2016)


“Motherhood is a handicap but also a strength; a trial and an error; an achievement and a prize.”(Oakley 1979:308)
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VIEWPOINT Being kind to ourselves


Rebecca Knapp

Midwife at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 (December 2016)


We have the best job in the world. We are incredibly privileged. But it is only sustainable when we value ourselves as much as we value the women to whom we provide care
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX A potpourri of festive pondering on women, birth and midwifery


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (December 2016)


In this article, written with the festive season in mind, Sara shares some of the things that she has learned during the past year, including new words, new knowledge in the realms of anatomy and physiology, and a shocking pregnancy and reindeer-related factoid.
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EDITORIAL Creating ripples


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acb-midwife

 (November 2016)


A smile may be the perfect antidote to the challenges we face throughout practice, a way we might all respond to the strengthened calls to improve collaboration throughout maternity services to enhance outcomes for mothers, babies and families
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Exploring the exceptions


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (November 2016)


Last month (October 2016), Sara Wickham discussed the principle of asking yourself whether the outcome of a test will change your management or a woman's decision. This month, she shares a story that will illustrate the value of looking for and reflecting upon exceptions to general rules and principles.
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VIEWPOINT Are we using user feedback?


Louise Silverton

Director for Midwifery at The Royal College of Midwives

 

 (November 2016)


While there may seem to be a glut of feedback from a plethora of sources, a recent report suggests that there is more that we can do as midwives to listen to and act on it if we are to improve services
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Is ‘this’ going to change your management?  


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (October 2016)


In this column, Sara Wickham takes a sideways look at issues relevant to midwives, students, women and families, inviting us to sit down with a cup of tea and ponder what we think we know. When we learn an art such as midwifery, it can be useful to have principles to follow, at least until we have grasped the basics. One useful principle involves asking whether the result of a test is going to change what we do, and this article explores this idea in midwifery practice.
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LAST WORD Feeling my way through


Sophie Hall

Second Year Student Midwife at York University

 (October 2016)


Second year student midwife Sophie Hall reflects on how to incorporate intuition into factual learning and practical experience - the feelings alongside the facts.  
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VIEWPOINT Becoming a band 7 Birth Centre lead: if at first you don’t succeed…


Michelle Comrie

Senior Midwifery Practitioner at Broadland Birth Centre in Southampton

 (October 2016)


Michelle Comrie discusses how to overcome disappointment and prepare more thoroughly for the next opportunity
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Building resilience, not going it alone 


Bunty Rowe

Midwife at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

 (October 2016)


Recently I received my first thank you card as a newly qualified midwife (NMQ). The words made me well up, but I simply didn't have time to cry, conscious of needing to attend to my long list of tasks. My NHS trust is busy, as are many. Instead I did what I often do: sit in my car, cry and reflect. Having previously considered myself a resilient student midwife, the transition to NQM has certainly tested my robustness.
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Continual becoming


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

 (October 2016)


It is time to stop the headlong rush to your next goal and consider the midwife you are today, writes Anna Byrom  
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Ode to a mentor


Kate Osborne

Second year Student Midwife at University Hospital Southampton Trust

 (September 2016)


Practice placements can be scary for any student, particularly those with no clinical experience. One of my biggest learning curves has been negotiating the student-mentor relationship, a lesson which will serve me well in future placements. I was awestruck by my mentor's drive and enthusiasm, and felt I could never measure up. The worst possible outcome for one of the women on my mentor's caseload, and my own depression, meant that I didn't fare well in my first placement and shut my mentor out. In the second placement, with the same mentor, however, I told her how I felt. As a consequence, our relationship has gone from strength to strength, and I have figured out how to make the most of our time together. I have recognised her for what she is – a truly brilliant mentor – and conclude by making recommendations as to how to make the most of the student-mentor partnership.  
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Watering our seeds: supporting students


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

 (September 2016)


Recently I was honoured to become an ambassador for Birmingham City University’s (BCU) recently formed student midwife society. As a past student midwife at BCU and associated Birmingham Women’s Hospital, I was delighted to be invited to support the society. Arriving at the launch conference was emotional; memories of my first midwifery moments came flooding back and recalled the first seeds that were sown in my midwifery soul: those initial lectures, first placements and connections with midwives, women and their families.
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Questioning induction of labour in older women, Part 2


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (September 2016)


This is the second part of a two-part article in which Sara asks whether this recommendation is supported by a recent study and asks us to consider how such policies are affecting women.
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VIEWPOINT Midwifery leadership development


Anita Fleming

Assistant Chief Nurse and Head of Midwifery at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 (September 2016)


In my Trust, I am currently working with midwives on leadership, and particularly on the behaviours displayed by effective and transformational leaders. Kouzes and Posner identified five practices of exemplary leadership, which I use as the basis for the leadership values and behaviours that we need to aspire to throughout our organisation, to nurture and develop our staff and future leaders. 
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LAST WORD Midwifery Unit Network launch


Deborah Caine

Midwifery Lecturer and PhD student at University of East Anglia, Midwife at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Supervisor of Midwives Midlands and East LSA

 (July 2016)


Baroness Cumberlege, CBE, chaired the Midwifery Unit Network launch in April 2016 at London's City University; a full audience, wide range of speakers and an atmosphere of great expectancy meant that this was set to be an evening of inspiration.
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VIEWPOINT The renaissance of postnatal care?


Debra Bick

Professor of Evidence based Midwifery Practice, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London

Yan-Shing Chang

Research Associate, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London

 (July 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Questioning induction of labour in older women, Part 1


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (July 2016)


This is the first part of a two-part article in which Sara Wickham asks whether the recommendation to induce labour in older women is supported by the available evidence and asks us to consider how such policies are affecting women.
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Compelling complexities


Anna Byrom

Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @acbmidwife

 (June 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The madness of modern measurement


Sara Wickham

Independent Midwifery Lecturer and Consultant

 (June 2016)


In this column, Sara Wickham takes a sideways look at issues relevant to midwives, students, women and families, inviting us to sit down with a cup of tea and ponder what we think we know. In this article, Sara shares the story of a woman who discovered that the due date calculation made by a machine was considered inalienable, even when another date was known with certainty to be correct. Is this an inevitable consequence of our modern world, or can we act to challenge such situations?
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LAST WORD Shiphrah and Puah


Helen King

Professor of Classical Studies and Head of Department at

The Open University

 (June 2016)



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VIEWPOINT Should we stay or should we go?


Cathy Warwick

Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives

 (June 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Midwives matter more than monitors


Sara Wickham

Independent midwifery lecturer and consultant

 (May 2016)


In this column, Sara Wickham takes a sideways look at issues relevant to midwives, students, women and families, inviting us to sit down with a cup of tea and ponder what we think we know. Research has consistently failed to show that electronic fetal monitoring makes a positive difference to women or babies. Yet this technology continues to be used, with some units now using central monitoring systems. This article considers the results of a study showing the effect of these on women's experiences, comparing the value of monitors and midwives.
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More to heal?


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (May 2016)



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VIEWPOINT Midwifery: the relationship that heals


Lesley Page CBE

President Royal College of Midwives

Visiting professor Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Adjunct professor to UTS and Griffith University

 (May 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The importance of everyday birth wisdom


Sara Wickham

Independent midwifery lecturer and consultant

 (April 2016)


In this column, Sara Wickham takes a sideways look at issues relevant to midwives, students, women and families, inviting us to sit down with a cup of tea and ponder what we think we know. This month, Sara shares details of a study which identified rituals undertaken by midwives looking after women in labour. Such studies, she argues, can be vital to helping us understand the nature of what we do in everyday practice as well as being a way of recording our knowledge for future generations.
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What makes us vulnerable?


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (April 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Let there be mood lighting


Sara Wickham

Independent midwifery lecturer and consultant

 (March 2016)


In this column, Sara Wickham takes a sideways look at issues relevant to midwives, students, women and families, inviting us to sit down with a cup of tea and ponder what we think we know. As it is always useful to consider how we can facilitate physiological labour and birth, this month Sara shares some of the tips that she has gathered from midwives and other birth workers about how they help women and families to lower the light levels and create the semi-darkness which many people feel is conducive to normal birth.
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Heart matters - a history


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (March 2016)



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LAST WORD Love matters


Stephen Mahon

Lecturer in health and social care at University of Central Lancashire

 (March 2016)



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VIEWPOINT A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES


Melanie Scott

 (March 2016)



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LAST WORD Jane Sharp: a stand-out British woman


Helen King

Professor of Classical Studies and head of department at The Open University

 

 

 (February 2016)


Professor of Classical Studies Helen King explores an ancient text that is one of the first midwifery textbooks to be published in England 
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VIEWPOINT Standing out - the right way


Sascha Wells

Deputy director and head of midwifery at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

 (February 2016)


University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay services have stood out for the wrong reasons, but much is being done to turn the maternity service's reputation around 
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Those standout moments


Anna Byrom

Editor

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 (February 2016)



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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The ALTE mysteries: who's to blame?


Sara Wickham

Independent midwifery lecturer and consultant

 (February 2016)


A recent paper on apparent life-threatening events (ALTEs) in newborn babies brought to mind an experience from practice, the cause of which remains a mystery. As many similar events are unexplained, is it acceptable that there is a tendency in the literature to claim that skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding are risk factors for ALTEs?
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