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Respect for women’s right to decline recommended maternity care

Like any person, pregnant women have the legal right to make autonomous decisions about their healthcare (Kruske, Young, Jenkinson &…

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How to get rid of inappropriate maternity care practices? De-implement them

More than 30 years ago the book Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, systematically analysed the evidence for…

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Measuring midwives’ perceptions of woman-centred care

What is woman-centred care? Woman-centred care is fundamental to midwifery practice. It is the  practical manifestation of alignment with professional…

Maternity care

COVID-19 related maternity restrictions – more harm than good?

COVID-19 maternity care restrictions During the global COVID-19 pandemic, maternity care guidelines have been produced rapidly and largely without evidence…

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Supporting new midwifery graduates transition to practice

Transition from midwifery student to graduate After years of dedicated study and hours of supervised practice, the midwifery student finally…

Maternity care

Central fetal monitoring – time to de-implement?

Investment in fetal monitoring technology Maternity services in high-income countries have invested heavily in medical technologies. However, some technologies have…

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Clinical benefits for women who receive continuity from a midwifery student

Students provide continuity for women – regardless of model Continuity of care, and continuity of carer, are terms which are…

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Midwives’ social and emotional competence key to quality maternity care

Midwives social and emotional skills matter – they matter to women and families, and they matter when working in a…

Maternity care

Midwives are leaving the profession – could group clinical supervision help?

The world needs midwives Maternal and infant health are a global priority. Midwives are pivotal to the wellbeing of women…

Maternity care

Home-visiting in early labour may reduce fear and better meet women’s needs

Key issues in early labour Early labour at home is a significant component of women’s birth experience. Women commonly feel…