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Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state report cards
(Oregon State University) Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a new US-wide 'report card' that ranks all 50 states on the quality of their maternity care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Serena Williams rallies for healthcare for new mothers
The tennis star, 36, was forced to have a c-section to deliver Alexis Olympia after her heart rate plummeted. A day later she came near death. Now she urges fans to donate to midwives globally. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

mSakhi in Pictures
February 16, 2018The mobile app is transforming maternal and child health care in a Himalayan state.One of the smaller states in India, Uttarakhand lies in the Himalayan foothills with international borders touching Nepal and China. It ’s a land of mighty rivers, forests, hills, and mountains. Rich in natural resources, it boasts a variety of flora and fauna, including medicinal plants, tigers, and elephants. The terrain, striking and beautiful, also makes it hard for people, particularly those in the middle Himalayan ranges, to access health care, including high-quality maternal and child health services.Many villag...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Source Type: news

NMC releases draft skills list for nursing associate training
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has unveiled a list of over 90 procedures and communication skills that nursing associates should be trained in, as part of draft proposals published yesterday. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust ’s midwives to train using realistic birth simulator
Maternity staff at a teaching hospital are set to welcome a new piece of clinical training equipment that provides realistic simulations of childbirth, following a successful trial of the technology. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Expanding the Abortion Provider Workforce: A Qualitative Study of Organizations Implementing a New California Policy
CONCLUSIONSCalifornia's expansion of the abortion-providing workforce had a positive impact on patient care in the sampled organizations. However, various organizational obstacles must be addressed to more fully realize the benefits of having NPs, CNMs and PAs provide aspiration abortions. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Guidance to support new ‘maternity safety champions’
Trust board members chosen to be “maternity safety champions” must ensure that midwives and their support staff receive all the training and resources they need, according to latest guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health care education funding for postgraduate, dental hygiene and dental therapy students
From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional, and most new dental hygiene and dental therapy students will access loans from the Student Loans Company. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

First test centre for overseas nurses opens in Northern Ireland
A new Nursing and Midwifery Council competence test centre for overseas nurses who want to work in the UK has opened in Northern Ireland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ethiopia:A Midwifery Role to Dessie-Kombolcha University
[Ethiopian Herald] Today's guest is Dereje Ayalew, a Professor of Geology at the School of Earth Sciences of Addis Ababa University (AAU). At this point in time, he is engaged in both pure and applied research in various fields of Earth Sciences on top of instructing students at different levels. He has published the results of his research findings in more than 40 reputable scientific journals wordwide. He has been to different parts of the world following his research works. The Ethiopian Herald had a short stay with Prof. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 12, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Peer behind two key reports on nurse education joins NMC panel
Lord Phil Willis of Knaresborough has been appointed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as one of two new members of its midwifery panel. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Short-sighted' removal of bursaries for postgraduate student nurses
Postgraduate pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in England will no longer receive bursaries to cover their tuition fees and living costs, the government has confirmed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Displaced by crisis, South Sudan midwifery students focus on saving mothers
JUBA, South Sudan –Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife.It was a few years ago, in her hometown of Kajo Keji, in South Sudan ’s Equatoria region. She watched as her neighbour bled out after giving birth.The woman was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. She died, leaving behind five small children.“Watching my neighbour die during childbirth emboldened me to make the decision to enrol in midwifery [school],” said Ms. Nyomon, 25. “The woman assisting her had no knowledge of what to do.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

The language guide midwives should use
The guide, published in the British Medical Journal, also stresses that midwives and obstetricians should never address the pregnant woman as a 'she' when they are discussing the situation at hand. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails
Anaesthesia remains a mysterious and inexact science – and thousands of patients still wake up on the operating table every year. By Kate Cole-AdamsWhen Rachel Benmayor was admitted to hospital, eight and a half months pregnant, in 1990, her blood pressure had been alarmingly high and her doctor had told her to stay in bed and get as much rest as possible before the baby came. But her blood pressure kept rising – this condition, known as pre-eclampsia, is not uncommon but can lead to sometimes-fatal complications – and the doctors decided to induce the birth. When her cervix failed to dilate properly afte...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kate Cole-Adams Tags: Consciousness Medical research Neuroscience Health Society Hospitals Human biology Psychology Books Source Type: news

A safe pregnancy is every woman ’s right: Midwifery care saves lives in Myanmar
FALAM, Myanmar – Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don ’t.“I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks for selling at the market,” she explained recently in the rural town of Falam, in north-western Myanmar.“I didn’t stop to think that there could be a serious problem until I saw the midwife,” she added. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

MPs to nominate local nurses as ‘heroes’ for NHS anniversary
Outstanding nurses and midwives could be in the running for new awards launched today to mark 70 years of the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 7, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pregnant smokers told to use e-cigarettes
Midwives and doctors are being urged by Public Health England to be ‘positive’ about the devices and explain that they are probably safer than tobacco. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ambulance failure 'contributed to baby death'
Baby Nevaeh Stewart died at Montrose Royal Infirmary's community midwife unit in September 2012. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania:MP Wants Government to Act On 'Bad Mannered' Female Midwives
[Citizen] Dodoma -The Member of Parliament for Tabora Urban on the CCM ticket, Mr Emanuel Mwakasaka (CCM) has asked the government to take immediate action against bad mannered female midwives who have a tendency of ill-treating pregnant women when they go for delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 5, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Over 60 universities expected to seek NMC approval for training nursing associates
A total of 65 universities are expected to apply for approval to run nursing associate programmes over the course of the next academic year, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Judge criticises investigators in harmed baby case
A high court judge has heavily criticised the Nursing and Midwifery Council for what she described as the regulator’s “superficial approach” and “flawed” investigation of a nurse suspected of harming her 14 week old baby. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Mixed views' on education plans but NMC 'may hold the line'
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is facing opposition to a number of its proposed changes to nurse education, early findings from its consultation have revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on the Opioid Crisis
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - February 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Further rise in nurse and midwife student places for Scotland
Training places for student nurses and midwives in Scotland will increase by 10.8% in 2018-19, the Scottish government has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 31, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital trust appoints its first ever bereavement midwife
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has appointed its first ever bereavement midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 31, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A quarter of mums alone in labour, many can't get help
Many women were left worried and alone whilst giving birth, while others said they struggled to summon help from staff and claimed midwives did not take them seriously, a new study has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just one nurse is hired for every 400 jobs advertised
There were 34,260 vacant nursing and midwifery roles advertised across England at the end of September - a record high. The figures were collected by NHS Digital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Longitudinal evaluation of a training program to promote routine antenatal enquiry for domestic violence by midwives - Baird K, Creedy DK, Saito AS, Eustace J.
BACKGROUND: Routine enquiry about domestic violence during pregnancy is accepted best practice. Training is essential to improve knowledge and practice. Few studies have undertaken a comprehensive evaluation of training impact over time. AIM: To ev... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Call The Midwife Advisor on why mums don't seek support
Terri Coates, advisor to the BBC's Call the Midwife and practising midwife, raised concerns about parents ‘not getting the right answers’ when they turn to websites like Google for help. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Backpack midwife
For many people in remote regions access to healthcare is limited, so tech is coming to their aid. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unions sign unique deal designed to ‘Brexit proof midwives’
Royal College of Midwives and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to sign a “historic partnership” today, meaning they will look after each other’s members working across the border. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives waiting on proclamation to begin offering services on P.E.I.
An advocacy group for midwives in the province wants to know what's happening with the legislation that could make it legal for midwives to practice on P.E.I. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/PEI Source Type: news

Improving nursing image ‘crucial’ to attracting and retaining staff
How the nursing and midwifery professions are perceived needs to be improved in schools, among the public and the media, and also within the current workforce itself, according to a nurse leader. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Now, Safer Deliveries for Women in Tajikistan
January 16, 2018In just a year, home births in Bokhtar District have been cut in half.“I delivered my oldest daughter at home,” says Gulrukhsor Talbieva. “I’d never heard about the maternity hospital.”  Gulrukhsor Talbieva, now a 26-year-old mother of five, lives in Lohuti village in Tajikistan ’s remote Bokhtar district.She also delivered her second baby, a son, at home and had a terrible headache that lasted for days. She didn ’t know it at the time, but she had eclampsia, a life-threatening condition." I'd never heard about the maternity hospital. "  “I...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Source Type: news

Verbal abuse and mobbing in pre-hospital care services in Chile - Campo VR, Klijn TP.
OBJECTIVE: to determine the perception of verbal abuse and mobbing and the associated factors of paramedic technicians (nursing assistants) and professionals (nurses, midwives, kinesiologists) in the pre-hospital care areas of three regions in the south of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

'Nurses and midwives are at the front line in preventing flu'
You will no doubt have seen media coverage in recent days about the increase in flu levels, and so-called “Aussie flu” in particular. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Built on the Basics, Tutorat Is Quietly Revolutionizing Health Care in Senegal
January 11, 2018Mentoring and coaching are the stars of this training and performance-improvement approach.Tutorat —the French word for “tutoring.”  Even the name of this training approach shirks the limelight. But it’s hard to argue with results, which are exactly what Tutorat has been delivering for health care in Senegal.When I sat down with one of the pioneers of this approach,Dr. Boniface Sebikali, IntraHealth International ’s senior clinical advisor, it became clear that Tutorat is something special. It’s quietly revolutionizing health care in Senegal and making higher quality...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Status of violence in a selected faculty: the students' experience - Fathi M, Fallahi A, Sharifi S, Dehghani S, Olyaei N, Valiee S.
The present study is aimed at examining the status of violence among the students of nursing, midwifery, and operating room. A self-reporting questionnaire with two sections of demographic characteristics and experience of violence was used. The data obtai... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Integration of Frontline Health Workforce Will Determine Success of SDGs, Universal Health Coverage in 2018 and Beyond
January 08, 2018What will it take to offer true  patient-centered care?As 2018 begins with the clock already ticking on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) targets, the heroic, sometimes harrowing, and heartwarming stories of six frontline health workers from four continents delivered on a crisp November evening in Dublin reflect both the promise and the tangled reality of the policy planning and program implementation needed to fulfill the promise of unprecedented global consensus on health and development.What I hope stuck in the minds of thousands of the top global health experts that h...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Zambia Expands Leadership Training Nationwide for Rural Nurses and Midwives
January 04, 2018Last month, the Board of Education in Zambia approved a nationwide scale-up of the Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) Certification in Leadership and Management Practice for all nurses and midwives who lead frontline teams in rural health facilities. This cross-cadre, continuing professional development program is designed to help facility heads manage effectively through team-based approaches that help them deliver high-quality, people-centered primary health care.Improving primary health care at the community level is crucial to achieving Zambia ’s goal of universal health coverage, and the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Africa:Global Advocacy & Frontline Action - 2017 End of Year Newsletter
[Wellbeing Foundation] Abuja -"Midwives, and the mothers they care for, are heroines of global health" -- H.E. Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer
The National Maternity Review, set out a clear recommendation that the NHS should roll out continuity of carer, to ensure safer care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect between women and their midwives. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce Race Equality Standard data reporting December 2017
The report shows that an increasing proportion of senior nursing and midwifery posts is being filled by people from BME backgrounds, and that there has been a rise in senior BME leaders. It also confirms that an increasing number of trusts has more than one board member from a BME background, with 25 trusts being represented at board level by three or more people from BME communities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More midwives needed in N.L., says mom who gave birth in Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot
A new mother says her child's parking-lot birth could have been avoided if the province had been quicker making midwives available in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/NL Source Type: news

Leading nurses and midwives made dames in 2018 honours list
Nearly 20 members of the nursing and midwifery professions have been recognised for their achievements in the 2018 new year ’s honours list, including three new dames. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses recognised in New Year ’s Honours
England ’s most senior nurse has congratulated nursing and midwifery staff whose leadership, dedication and hard work have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Refugees
VideoSexual Violence Against Rohingya RefugeesDecember 28, 2017MSF teams in Bangladesh are treating survivors of sexual violence as part of their response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Midwife Aerlyn Pfeil helped set up the program. Here, she answers questions about the challenges to treating these patients, MSF's approach, and what she will remember about the survivors she met in Bangladesh. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Melissa Pracht Source Type: news

Standards published for ‘continuity of carer’ in maternity services
NHS England has published new maternity guidance to help local areas to provide women with more consistent care and support, including a named midwife, before, during and after birth. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news