Midwifery

The UK Could Reduce Stillbirth By a Quarter

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Since appearing on GMB, people have asked me "If there's a training programme which saves babies, why isn't it made mandatory? I didn't think stillbirth was preventable". I didn't think stillbirth was preventable either but I also didn't realise how common it was or how the UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in the developed world. Until it happened to me.

Midwifery Training Video Launched to Save Babies Lives

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Heidi Eldridge

The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world and at least 1 third of stillbirths are related to fetal growth restriction. At least 10% of all babies born are growth restricted.

Expectant Mothers Should Think Quality, Not Quantity, When It Comes to Accessing Information Online

Dr Ann Hoskins | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Ann Hoskins

Whilst the ability to access a wealth of information online should provide peace of mind for mums-to-be, the array of different sources available, all too often offering conflicting information, means that the internet may well be more of a hindrance than a help in this case, and bad advice is of particular concern when people are reading up on matters related to health.

We Have an Opportunity to End England's Midwife Shortage

Cathy Warwick | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). That is about 175,00...

Baby Shower? How About a Placenta Party?

Sophia Moseley | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Moseley

Are you amongst the small number of parents who are thinking about what is still an unusual and some might say repugnant practice of helping reduce the risk of post-natal depression and increase your 'happy' hormones? ... There is a growing trend for placentophagy - the act of mammals eating the placenta.

Call The Midwife! International Day of the Midwife - 5th May 2013

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

The 5th of May is International Day of the Midwife and the UK should be supporting midwives and other maternity professionals more so now than ever before. Why? Because there is currently a baby boom, a shortage of 5,000 midwives and the UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world according to the 2011 Lancet report.

Save Independent Midwifery: Keep Birth Choice Alive!

Milli Hill | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Milli Hill

Independent Midwives, the only alternative to NHS maternity care available in the UK, are currently under threat. This Monday - 25 March - they are taking to the streets of London in protest at a EU Directive that requires all registered health professionals to have mandatory insurance.

Is the Government Waking up to Midwife Shortage?

Cathy Warwick | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

Our number-crunching, for the year 2011, suggests that England is short of as many as 5,000 midwives. Progress on midwife numbers since the turn of the century reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I just hope that, as in the case of that fable, the tortoise ends up winning.

The Debilitating Fear Of Pregnancy & Birth That Caused One Already Grieving Mother To Abort Her Baby

Photofeatures.co.uk | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A debilitating phobia of pregnancy and childbirth left an already bereaved mother with no choice other than to abort her second baby. Tokophobia a...

It's Time to Start Recognising Birth Rape

Zion Lights | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

The term 'birth rape' is used by women whose bodies are treated like machines when they are most vulnerable to other people's wills. Labouring women whose minds and wishes are not respected or consulted. The power is taken from mum's hands to gloved hands the second you enter the ward, and you cannot take it back.

A Perfect Birth is All in the Mind

Alice Grist | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

My natural birth was made chemical, forceful, medical and surgical. The most important question here though is... Am I bothered? Well if you'd told me in advance this was how things might go, then I would have thought I'd be devastated. But in reality I'm happy.

More Midwives Needed for Baby Boom Britain

Cathy Warwick | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

We are in an age of austerity, of course. But the government often boasts that the NHS budget has been protected, and surely if there is any group that should be shielded from the brunt of any cuts it is newborn babies.

Far From Faddish: Doula Survey Shows Dramatic Decrease in Interventions

Rebecca Schiller | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Schiller

With over 500 members, Doula UK represents the largest number of doulas in the UK. Its doulas work with women and their families to prepare for the birth of their baby, helping them to fully explore their options, make informed decisions and support them as they adjust to life with a newborn baby.

The 'Placenta Pill’: Would You Swallow It?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The nutritional benefits of a mother's placenta have been well publicised. But for the majority of women, cooking and eating your own afterbirth is a ...

Demand for Caesareans is Fuelled by the Fear Caused by NHS Cutbacks

Margaret Jowitt | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Jowitt

Hospitals may prefer to have women - mothers and midwives - under their control. Guess what: women lacking control have more pain during labour and overworked midwives lacking control have more days off sick with stress - and so the cycle goes on - fewer midwives spread ever more thinly until the maternity services are at breaking point and the mortality rates go up.

Midwives are Able to Help Women Make the Right Choice About Their Childbirth

Cathy Warwick | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

I really believe that if midwives are able to to really make sure that women understand what their choices mean for them and their baby -- the risks and benefits -- then far fewer women will choose elective caesareans.

David Cameron Criticised Over Failure To Add 3,000 Midwives

PA | Posted 08.12.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron's failure to honour a promise to introduce an extra 3,000 midwives in England is putting the safety of mothers and unborn babies at risk...

Michael Rundle

NHS 'Needs 4,700 Midwives To Keep Pace With Birth Rate'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.09.2011 | UK

Ahead of a controversial programme that will reveal how maternity services in London are struggling to cope with increasing birth rates and a shortage...