Why Have The Number Of Home Births Dropped?

Jacque Gerrard | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Parents
Jacque Gerrard

Our maternity services are seeing women with more complicated pregnancies than we have had before. Factors including rising levels of obesity and higher numbers of older women giving birth all mean that our services need to ensure these women get the safest possible care and attention.

This Candid Postpartum Photo Is Encouraging Mums To Celebrate Their Delivery Nurses

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has written a heartfelt message praising the nurses who cared for her after she gave birth, and encouraged other mothers to do the same. Jill K...

This Midwife Is Pleading People To Stop Having Sex At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents

A midwife who is at the beginning of her busiest month yet, jokingly pleaded with people to stop having sex at Christmas. Why? Because nine months aft...

Enough Is Enough: Why We Need To Address The Maternity Ward Crisis

Caroline Ashton | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Caroline Ashton

For many midwives working on the front line, the latest figures revealing that maternity wards in England were forced to close 382 times in 2016 will come as no surprise. During the 33 years that I was a midwife, sadly, I also saw many maternity units close and it's extremely worrying to see that it's still happening.

The Number Of Nurses And Midwives Leaving The Profession Has Soared

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK

The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has soared by 51% in just four years, new figures have revealed. Low pay and poor working con...

'Dangerous' Home Dopplers Should Be Banned

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Hutton

Midwives, Doctors, healthcare professionals, and maybe most significantly, bereaved mothers are mainly in favour of the ban. Mums who use them are against the ban and think I am being a killjoy. I completely get the appeal of home dopplers, if they had been around when I was pregnant I probably would have bought one. But that was before I was aware of all the risks they pose.

Emotional Photos Capture The Beautiful Bonds Formed By New Mums And Midwives Around The World

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

A beautiful photo series captures new mums and the midwives who assisted them in an emotional moment of shared joy. The photos, taken in the hours af...

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

Celebrity Maternity Nurse Says Modern Mothers Have 'Lost The Plot' And Gives Her 5 Key Tips

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents

A maternity nurse, who has looked after stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Zara Phillips, believes modern mothers have “lost the plot”. Rachel Wa...

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

The Government Must Act Now To Prevent Critical Nursing Shortages By 2020

Bryan Blears | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Bryan Blears

The reduction in NHS workers from abroad, coupled with the departure of EU workers and a dramatic reduction in British students taking up nursing and midwifery, may result in many more scenes of disastrous conditions in hospitals, with more patients being put at risk waiting on hospital corridors.

Mothers And Babies Will Be Safer With New Midwifery Law

Julie Mellor | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Julie Mellor

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing event and one that every mother wants to be a positive experience. Midwives play a vitally important role in this; they are the first port of call when you have a question and help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth.

Student Midwife Writes Heartfelt Open Letter To Theresa May Begging Her To Save Bursaries

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An exhausted trainee midwife’s “woman-to-woman” plea to Theresa May to save student bursaries has been shared online more than 8,000 times. The...

Bursaries for Midwives and Nurses: An Equality Issue

Sarah Cope | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

Campaigners against the removal of the bursaries have calculated that, without bursaries, childcare or travel expenses, and with tuition fees and loans, nurses and midwives will accrue debts of around £60,000 over the span of their three year course.

Midwife Slams 'Gruesome' Call To Scrap Time Limit For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK

A midwife who was at the centre of a high-profile court case has called on colleagues to "forcefully refuse" to back the "horror" position adopted by ...

Why Continuity of Care in Birth Matters

Lauren Derrett | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Derrett

When pregnant, it's a good idea to really think about who you would be happy to see you at your most vulnerable, who makes you feel safe when you're that scared child looking for comfort, who understands the process of birth.

Midwife Rode Inflatable Swan To Reach Woman In Labour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents

A determined midwife wasn't going to let anything stop her from delivering a baby, not even a major flood. Cathy Allen, who works at the Katy Birth Ce...

Midwives Strip Alongside Babies With Down's Syndrome For Charity

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents

Two babies with Down's syndrome have been photographed alongside naked midwives for a calender to raise funds for charity. Jo Proud, a midwife who run...

Is the £3000 Maternity Grant Democratizing Good Quality Care?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

he number of women whose husbands essentially control the purse strings and need for those women to make the case for superior healthcare who are unsuccessful. It's not just about having the disposable income, but also having to justify why you should want or why you need this type of care when it's available for free.

Education and Ethics: Down's Syndrome Testing

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Goleniowska

I hold in my hand a press release from the UK Screening Committee with recommendations for the staged rolling out of the new Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, or #NIPT. These tests look for a woman's 'risk' factor of having a baby with Down's syndrome, Patau syndrome or Edward's syndrome.

Midwife Explains: When And How Often Unborn Babies Move

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents

One of the most exciting moments in your pregnancy is the first time you feel your baby kick, but many women aren't aware of when and how often this s...

More 'Older Mums' Are Giving Birth And It's Contributing To The Midwife Shortage

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents

"Older" mothers are giving birth birth in record numbers and this is putting midwives and maternity units under "intense pressure", a report has revea...

The Breast Scenario: Breastfeeding is the Norm, End of Story

B.J. Epstein | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

It's a pity that breastfeeding is currently not the cultural norm in the UK, and many other western countries, as there's absolutely no doubt that it is the biological norm. Women are free to make choices about how they feed their babies, but if you choose formula, there's no need to put down breastfeeding and breastfeeders.

What They Don't Tell You

Libby Martin | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

They tell you you're going to go to hospital and they'll be able to sort you out there. They don't tell you that it's almost certain that your baby has passed away and that there will be nothing anyone can do.

Jeremy Hunt Stands By His Claim That Babies Are 'Killed' By The NHS

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to apologise this afternoon for claiming babies had been “killed” during childbirth by the NHS. Mr Hunt pr...