Midwives

Fried Clitoris at the FGM Café

Felicity Gerry | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The campaigners have led the way where Governments have feared to tread. Efua's legacy ought to be a world without FGM and I am proud that women barristers are helping her to achieve this. What can you do? Talk about vaginas. I did - on a global scale.

Edwina Currie Thinks Striking Midwives Are 'Disgraceful', Twitter Responds

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics

Midwives went on strike on Monday to protest the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise - and Edwina Currie thinks they're d...

Why Midwives Are Set to Strike This Monday

Cathy Warwick | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Midwives saw their pay frozen back in 2011, frozen again in 2012, before it rose 1% in 2013. If the typical midwife's pay had risen in line with prices since 2010, she or he would be paid over £4,000 more per year than they're actually getting. Despite that deep fall in their standard of living, what midwives and others are asking for to resolve this dispute is not a king's ransom; they are asking for just a 1% rise.

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

Nine Pieces of Advice to My Younger (Pregnant) Self

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

A complete norm, or the truly typical does not exist. How long it takes to conceive, the exact length of your pregnancy, how much your baby weighs, feeds, fills her nappy, wants to be held and sleeps is no different. Neither your body, not your baby have the latest iBaby App or manual from a childcare expert telling them what is expected...

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.

The Other Uproar in Germany: The Midwife Crisis

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
 Camalo Gaskin

Before the recent historical win by Germany in the World Cup Championship and the riotous parties in the streets, there were other strong magnets to Berlin by young outsiders. A new generation of international women have been flocking to Berlin for its green, woman-centric, and family friendly culture.

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.

Call the Health Visitor

Anne Longfield | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Anne Longfield

Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can be a magical time for parents, full of hope for a bright future as they bring their newborn home from hospital. But the experience of pregnancy and becoming a parent can also be an anxious and uncertain time- especially with a first child.

No Child Should Be Born to Die

Karen Elson | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Karen Elson

I cannot imagine being in labour and forced to trek miles and miles in the hope to deliver in safe conditions. One woman I met Kula, delivered her baby on the side of the road in the dark with the threat of snakes and other dangerous animals to contend with. She had walked miles from her village to the one where we met to hire a canoe. She didn't make it as far as the village before she gave birth and her baby only made it as far as the water's edge when it passed away as she waited for two hours for a canoe to take her and her newborn baby to the clinic. Kula's story shocked Kate and I to the core. We were overwhelmed with grief for her.

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...

Fear and Shame Prevent Mothers Getting Help With Mental Health Issues

Chris Cuthbert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Chris Cuthbert

The poor awareness and understanding of these problems in our society mean that many women feel that they are on their own. Fear and shame mean that they don't ask for help, and as a consequence, they don't get the support they need.

Couvade, The Right of Passage for Fathers

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

As someone who works with men and boys, these two descriptions of couvade, inspire and excite me. Our ancestors knew the importance of having the father bond with the baby as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The reduction in testosterone shows how this is a biological and evolutionary imperative.

Born in South Sudan

Agus Morales | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Giving birth can be risky in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state, which has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. To help make childbirth safer, Médecins Sans Frontières midwives are working with traditional birth attendants - and a pregnant doll.

Gas and Air

Amanda Prowse | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Mid way through my pregnancy, I sat opposite my midwife, the first and only time I saw her, and whilst nibbling my organic carrot sticks and sipping herbal tea, stated that under no circumstances did I want drugs or intervention, I wanted my birth to be as 'natural' as possible. She had smirked a little and nodded through her stifled giggle.

'Hidden Behind A Wall Of Silence'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

More than 70 women and girls in the UK are seeking treatment every month for problems linked to female genital mutilation. According to the NSPCC, ...

Drinking In Moderation While Pregnant Doesn't Harm Your Baby

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking in moderation through pregnancy does not harm a baby's neurodevelopment, according to a study by the University of Bristol's School of Social...

WI and NCT Report Finds Women Unsupported and Midwives Pushed to Their Limits

Ruth Bond | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ruth Bond

Maternity care is a journey, and all too often, there are points along the way where women are let down, left uninformed, and disempowered, and the lack of midwives lies behind this. Government directives, clinical guidance and decades of policy based around 'choice' is only worth the paper it's printed on,

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.

Show Time

Lana Citron | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Over the past nine months of appointments, I hadn't seen the same midwife once. Pushed into the position of pregnancy slut - hopes for an actual relationship scuppered early on. It was never anything more than a one 'meet' stand.

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.

New Movie Being Made to Help Save Babies Lives!

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Anyone in the world can pledge any amount they would like (min £1) towards the funding of the film and in return can select from a variety of rewards, ranging from a simple social media 'shout out', a copy of the new ebook '24weekers: The Story', through to a non-speaking role in the film and dinner with the director and some of the cast!

Raising Awareness for World Prematurity Day

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Sadly 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks resulting in 1.1 million babies dying every year around the globe. The staggering fact is that reports show around 75% of these deaths could be prevented with better health education and medical care.

Biggest Baby Boom In 40 Years Due..

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

The biggest baby boom in 40 years is expected just as maternity cutbacks hit hospitals. New figures suggest more than 700,000 babies will be born i...