Comic highlights Cochrane and World Health Organization collaboration for positive birth experience guideline
Swiss illustrator explains his motivation for creating the comic and what he hopes it shows.The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. The new WHO guideline includes evidence from 17 Cochrane Reviews and has 56 evidence-based recommendations on what care is needed throughout labour and immediately after for the woman and her baby.Swiss illustrator, Martin Vuill ème fromThe Science of Cookies (an online French-English comic about the health and social sciences, research, and news) create...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Africa:The Women of MSF - A Midwife, Finance Director and Doctor #WomensDay
[MSF] Johannesburg -August 9 is Women's Day in South Africa - a day where women across South Africa celebrate the progress women from all walks of life have made in social, economic and political spheres in the country.  For this day, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) highlights the progress and accomplishments made by three of their woman fieldworkers who have worked in some of the 65 countries in which MSF operates.Here's the stories of Zani Prinsloo, a midwife, Zanele Dhludhlu, a finance director and Carissa Saunde rson, an (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nurses having to revalidate is ‘improving attitudes and behaviours’
New revalidation procedures for nurses and midwives are improving attitudes and behaviours among staff and helping to foster safer care, according to the latest independent analysis of the scheme. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses urged to complete survey on financial challenges
A nursing charity wants nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants to share their experiences of financial difficulties to inform a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

At risk: mothers and childbirth
The United States is the only industrialized country where the rates of maternal deaths have increased, rather than decreased. And "near deaths" are on the rise: 60,000 a year across the country. Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours" talks to young woman who have a higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth than their mothers did, and meets a midwife from England who saw expectant mothers being turned away from doctors offices in Florida, and in response opened up a health clinic that welcomes everyone. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Physicians Perform C-Sections Over Fear of Lawsuit
BOSTON (CBS) – More and more women worldwide are delivering babies by Cesarean section and a new review finds physicians’ fear of being sued may be a big driver. It is general consensus that vaginal births are safer and carry fewer risks that C-sections yet the rate of C-sections continues to grow.  To find out why researchers in Ireland reviewed 34 studies involving almost 9,000 obstetricians and midwives from 20 countries. They found that the fear of being sued over a complicated vaginal delivery was a major and significant factor when deciding whether to perform a C-section. Other big inf...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local C-section Cesarean section childbirth Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Measles: Midwives urge pregnant women to get up-to-date on vaccines
Midwives from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are saying now is the time for pregnant women and their families to ensure they are vaccinated to reduce the risk of still births. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Give new mums baby boxes to reduce co-sleeping risks, midwives say
Rolling the scheme out across the UK would provide all babies with a safe space to sleep, midwives say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Royal college recommends universal provision of ‘baby boxes’ in UK
The Royal College of Midwives has announced that it supports the universal provision of baby boxes in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Disaster in pregnancy: midwifery continuity positively impacts infant neurodevelopment, QF2011 study - Simcock G, Kildea S, Kruske S, Laplante DP, Elgbeili G, King S.
This study examines whether midwifery group practice (MGP) care during pregnancy affects infant neurodevelopment at 6-months of age compared... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Meet our NHS
Kalliopi Kolagki, front centre, with colleagues at Watford General          © Jess Hurd Kalliopi Kolagki is a nurse in the Accident and Emergency ward of Watford General Hospital. Originally from Greece, she’s been in Watford for 18 months and is one of hundreds of EU workers on the hospital staff. She’s enthusiastic and professional, and speaks of her experience as “very positive”. But she also has a very particular anecdote that speaks volumes about today’s NHS, for good and ill. “On the shop floor – that’s how we talk of A&E – I&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine BREXIT eu migrant NHS recruitment Source Type: news

Desperate Women, Desperate Doctors and the Surprising History Behind the Breastfeeding Debate
For something that’s supposed to be a natural process, breastfeeding can be surprisingly complicated — and not only for new mothers literally struggling with the process. Breastfeeding debates can leave families feeling embattled from both sides, but controversy over who should breastfeed and for how long and where shows no signs of letting up. For example, in July, news broke that the United States had fought a seemingly uncontroversial resolution in support of breastfeeding at the World Health Assembly earlier this spring. But, though such controversies can seem like a distinctly modern problem, breastfeeding...
Source: TIME: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized health onetime Source Type: news

Joint statement on emerging concerns protocol
Eight health and social care regulators and other bodies have signed the new agreement to help them share concerns with each other more effectively. The Emerging Concerns Protocol seeks to provide a clearly defined mechanism to share information and intelligence that may indicate risks to users of services, their carers, families or professionals. Sharing concerns at the right time can make it easier to notice that a problem is emerging. Working together more effectively can reduce duplication and encourage organisations to come up with joint plans when they share similar concerns. The protocol will help ensure regulators ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing Dean on Global Networking
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - July 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Guidance for nurses on helping domestic abuse victims to vote
New guidance has been published for nurses and midwives who are supporting victims of domestic abuse, or related safeguarding issues, to help them register to vote anonymously in elections. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fear of litigation is a key factor in decision to perform C-sections
(Trinity College Dublin) Fear of litigation and perceived safety concerns and are among the key factors influencing the decision to perform a caesarean section, according to a major international literature review conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Apply to be a Student Nursing Times Editor 2018-19!
Once again we ’re on the look-out for five passionate student nurses/midwives to represent your branch to the wider nursing community! (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 27, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Get a grip on NHS staff vacancies, new health secretary warned
Latest provisional figures point to ongoing recruitment and retention issues Related items fromOnMedica Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery Fall in would-be nurses expected for September, report shows Nurse recruitment struggling to meet demand Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS needs more than 11,000 extra healthcare workers
Figures released today by NHS Digital reveal the number of nurse and midwife positions the health service is advertising has risen by 19.7 per cent since the same period in 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Turkey, refugee child marriages drive adolescent pregnancies underground
SANLIURFA, Turkey –“Even today, we saw a 17 year old who is pregnant and already has a child,” said midwife Neval, sitting in the Devtesti Centre, a women’s and girls’ safe space in Sanliurfa, Turkey. Some 475,000 Syrian refugees have sought safe haven in the desert city, about an hour ’s drive from the Syrian border. Many are mired in poverty and struggling to rebuild their lives. Some have resorted tomarrying off their underage daughters. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

NMC rubber stamps changes to fitness to practise procedure
Leaders at the Nursing and Midwifery Council have agreed to introduce a raft of changes in the way it resolves concerns about nurses ’ and midwives’ fitness to practise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 26, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Rise in nurses and midwives joining register from outside EU
There has been a recent spike in the number of overseas nurses and midwives from outside of the European Union joining the UK nursing register, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 26, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Former charity boss to be interim leader of nursing regulator
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that Sue Killen is to be the regulator ’s interim chief executive and registrar. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing regulator launches search for new chief executive
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is advertising for an “inspirational” new chief executive to bring a “fresh approach” to the way it works, following Jackie Smith’s decision to step down from the role. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses and nursing associates disagree over new registration fee
People studying to become nursing associates have hit out at plans to make them pay the same as nurses to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, the regulator has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bad career choice?
By Rukhsana ShahJul 23 2018 (Dawn, Pakistan)As with so many other professions, nursing remains a neglected line of work, despite its practitioners being responsible for the treatment, safety and quick recovery of patients, as well as post-op management and specialised interventions. Doctors need them because no doctor can care for each patient. Rukhsana ShahAccording to the latest Economic Survey, there are 208,007 doctors and 103,777 nurses in the country. This reflects a ratio of one doctor to less than 0.5 nurses, while the recommended ratio is 1:4. This should not be surprising as 90 per cent of nurses here are females...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rukhsana Shah Tags: Health Source Type: news

NMC unveils measures to make fitness to practise process ‘fairer’
Nurses and midwives will not be automatically struck off for attempting to cover up when things go wrong, under revised plans for a new approach fitness to practise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Malawi:Malawi Govt Fails to Pay Newly Recruited Nurses
[Nyasa Times] Some 33 newly recruited nurses and midwifery technicians at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre have gone for three months without pay. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New York City Agrees to Pay $20.8 Mln in Nurses Case -Justice Dept. New York City Agrees to Pay $20.8 Mln in Nurses Case -Justice Dept.
New York City has agreed to pay $20.8 million to settle federal discrimination charges made by registered nurses and midwives who said their work was not recognized as"physically taxing," the Justice Department said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Regulator eases rules on OSCE re-sits for nurses from overseas
Nurses and midwives from overseas applying to work in the UK will no longer need to re-sit all elements of a clinical practice test if they fail in just some areas. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC highlights ‘lessons learnt’ on dealing with patients and the public
The nursing and midwifery regulator has outlined a range of measures designed to improve the way it interacts with patients and the public, in response to severe criticism over the way it treated bereaved families involved in two major care scandals. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Surge in overseas nurses taking new NMC-approved English test
A company offering healthcare-specific English language tests for nurses has seen a “phenomenal” increase in candidates since the exam was recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC becomes official regulator for new nursing associate role
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is now the official regulator for nursing associates in what has been hailed as a “landmark moment” for the body. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for clear guidance on healthy weight management in pregnancy
The Royal College of Midwives and Slimming World are calling for clearer guidance on healthy weight management for expectant mothers, along with more support, training and equipment for midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Insights for the digital future of nursing
A report from the Royal College of Nursing outlines the results of a consultation with nurses and midwives on what is needed for nursing to play its full part in the digital transformation of health care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UC Health acquires doctor group
UC Health has acquired Crescent Women ’s Medical Group, a private practice staffed by female doctors who focus on gynecological services. Dr. Chandra Gravely, Dr. Cindy Hansel and certified nurse midwife Rhonda Whitten will join the hospital system affiliated with the University of Cincinnati on July 30. The group will remain based at its Blue Ash office but perform all surgeries at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital in Butler County. Crescent was established in 1989. Gravely, Hansel and Whitten… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Every nurse an e-nurse: insights for a consultation on the digital future of nursing
This report outlines the results of a consultation with nurses and midwives on what is needed for nursing to play its full part in the digital transformation of health care. It argues that until the NHS takes full advantage of the expertise and views of nurses, it won ’t be able to realise all the benefits digital technology can bring for patients and staff.ReportPress release (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - July 11, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: New technologies Source Type: news

Professional autonomy may trump safety protocols when pressure mounts
Hospital trusts might need to more proactively manage risks, says regulator Related items fromOnMedica Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy BMA and College demand halt in CQC inspections NICE can help NHS maintain public trust Plans afoot to end cover-up culture in NHS Better assessment of doctors in training will cut burden (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning
July 10, 2018On the road to universal access to family planning, what really gets results? And what's  next?Today, nearly two-thirds of all married or in-union women (64%) worldwide are using contraception,according to the United Nations—from 36% in 1970. And sexually active unmarried women are also using contraception at high rates.The right of women and men to freely plan the number and spacing of their children continues to be auniversally recognized human right. And voluntary family planning —with access to a wide range of contraceptive method options, competent service providers, and supportive health...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Midwives deployed to remote Afghanistan to lower maternal death rate
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health station in Afghanistan’s remote, mountainous Chesht-e Sharif District. “Her state shocked me, but I knew quickly that it was a miscarriage,” recalled Amena, 22, the midwife on duty at the clinic, known locally as a ‘family health house’. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Profession can ‘inspire future nurses and midwives’, says CNO
The chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings has issued a rallying call to the nurses and midwives of today to help “inspire” future generations of the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

London leadership programme for 70 nurses and midwives
Seventy nurses and midwives from London will be given the chance to develop their talents and leadership skills through a new scholarship programme launched as part of the NHS birthday celebrations. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government scheme to support nurse and midwife research
A group of 70 senior nurses and midwives are to be selected as “research champions” to gather intelligence on the frontline, the government has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

£215 million research fund to tackle the next generation of health challenges
The government has announced £215 million investment in NHS health research and an additional £3 million for a new research leader programme for nurses and midwives. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS launches its biggest recruitment drive
Campaign to target teenagers in £8m effort to attract ‘home-grown nurses and midwives (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Can Interoperable Health Systems Really Save Moms and Babies?
June 29, 2018In Tanzania, interoperability is working behind the scenes to bring vaccines to more babies that need them.I used to tell colleagues I was better at discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and handwashing than health information systems.I have a background in natural childbirth instruction and community-based development, and when I started working in digital health a few years ago, I missed the human aspects of global health. I had a shiny new master ’s degree in public health but felt lost in the conversations about canonical data models and reference implementations.  Where were the babies? Wher...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Sexual and reproductive health needs immense among Rohingya refugees
NAYAPARA CAMP, COX ’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The maternity centre in Nayapara Refugee camp was crowded with women and children Wednesday morning when an older woman burst into the facility with her pregnant daughter. Salima Khatum, 20, was in labour with her second child, and very close to giving birth.  Rondi Anderson, a UNFPA midwifery specialist, swung into action along with a team of paramedics and midwives. Ms. Khatum was cradled in her mother ’s arms as the health workers gathered around, taking vital signs and listening to the fetal heartbeat.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Three Lessons We Can Learn from 40+ Years of Community Health Worker Programs
June 27, 2018What will it take to finally create sustainable,  scalable programs for community health workers?“To respond effectively and appropriately to needs and expectations, health services need to be organized around close-to-community networks of people-centred primary care…”—WHO 13th General Program of WorkThe global health community first made widescale investments in community health workers (CHWs) more than 40 years ago. But last month, I left the 71st World Health Assembly wondering whether we had learned anything from CHW experiences over the last several decades.The 1978 Declarat...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Peers pass legislation on NMC regulation of nursing associates
A key milestone was passed yesterday in parliament that brings closer the regulation of the new nursing associate role by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 27, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fatigue is underestimated symptom of endometriosis
Fatigue also linked to insomnia, depression, pain and occupational stress Related items fromOnMedica Polycystic ovarian syndrome Common treatments for infertility don ’t work MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Midwifery training numbers to rise by 25% Early periods linked to heightened cardiovascular risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news