‘Babies at risk’ as NHS faces losing nearly one in 10 midwives over mandatory jabs
The NHS could be forced to dismiss almost 2,000 midwives by the government’s mandatory vaccination policy, amid warnings from a former chief nurse of England that mothers and babies will be put at risk. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Midwives Lament Scarcity of Lidocaine in Malawi Hospitals
[Nyasa Times] There is a general outcry by nurses and midwives in Malawian hospitals over the scarcity of lidocaine, also called lignocaine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Maternity service safety threatened by staff vacancies and mandatory vaccination, warns trust
A trust has warned it could be forced to restrict maternity services due to a high midwife vacancy rate, and large numbers unvaccinated among the current staff. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Handing It Down: The Craft of Indigenous Healing Handing It Down: The Craft of Indigenous Healing
Former midwife Marika Alvarado, a Native American healer, fulfills her destiny by passing on her knowledge of traditional medicine to others.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Sanwo-Olu Resolves Lagos Nurses' Industrial Crisis
[This Day] Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has held a closed-door meeting with members of the Nigerian Association of Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Council, with a view to addressing the complaints of the health workers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 11, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

In this refugee camp, midwives have delivered over 14,000 babies with zero maternal deaths
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan –"On my first day at work in the camp, I cried a lot. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Midwives and sexual violence: a cross-sectional analysis of personal exposure, education and attitudes in practice - de Klerk HW, Gitsels JT, De Jonge A.
BACKGROUND: Around one in three women experience sexual violence during their lifetime. They may need trauma-sensitive maternity care that takes sexual trauma triggers into account. Midwives are similarly likely to have experienced sexual violence in their... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Madagascar: Training Midwives in Madagascar to Bridge a Dangerous Gap in Maternal Health Care
[UNFPA] "It wasn't until I stood alongside my classmates in the delivery room, encouraging an anxious mother-to-be as she gave birth to a little baby boy, that I realised just how valuable this work can be." (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 5, 2022 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

In Pakistan ’s remote areas, midwives ensure care beyond safe birth
(Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Top Global Health Moments of 2021
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Chemutai, a health worker at the Kaproron Health Center IV in Kween District, Uganda, stands in the operating room for maternal care, which officially opened in May 2020. Photo by Esther Ruth Mbabazi for IntraHealth International.December 21, 2021COVID-19 dominated the news cycle this year. The first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years has now killed more than5 million peopleworldwide since it began in 2020. Over 275 million people have been diagnosed with it. And at least115,000 health workers have lost their lives to the virus, though the number is likely muc...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Mental Health Noncommunicable Diseases 2021 Year of the Health and Care Worker Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news

Emergency help is a phone call away for midwives in Afghanistan
Kabul, AFGHANISTAN– One evening in August, Firoza, a 34-year-old mother of five, was rushed from her village of Chesht-Sherat in Herat Province to a UNFPA-supported Family Health House. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Covid: Pregnant women angry at long waits for boosters
Midwives and doctors say they should be given priority because of the potential harm to women and babies. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Midwifery students riddle their way through Escape Room
Through a combination of locks, puzzles, and hidden clues, Yale School of Nursing midwifery students tested essential skills and forged new connections. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - December 15, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Effects of e-learning on the support of midwives and nurses to perinatal women suffering from intimate partner violence: a randomized controlled trial - Maruyama N, Kataoka Y, Horiuchi S.
AIMS: To examine the effects of e-learning on intimate partner violence (IPV) knowledge, preparatory/reinforcing behaviors for supporting IPV victims, and IPV screening of midwives and nurses. METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to the int... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Obstetric violence as an infringement on basic bioethical principles. reflections inspired by focus groups with midwives - Mart ín-Badia J, Obregón-Gutiérrez N, Goberna-Tricas J.
BACKGROUND: obstetric violence is still far too invisible; the word "violence" generates rejection and obstetric violence is complex to define and typify, as it is a subjective experience. It has been widely analyzed from legal, sociological, and clinical ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

How does the NHS decide who they pay to treat - and who misses out? 
Nic Sanger, 38, from Kent has watched her young children - now aged ten and seven - growing up and returned to work as a midwife thanks to one such medicine, called nivolumab. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Do We Measure the Success of Integrated Health Services?
By Jen Snell A health worker helps a mother and her baby at a health facility in Ouagadougou in 2017. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.December 10, 2021Countries in West Africa have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Women in this region face a1 in 34 lifetime risk of maternal death and34 of every 1,000 infants do not survive their first 28 days. An estimated24% of women have an unmet need for family planning and only 1 in 5 women are accessing modern contraception.Achievinguniversal health coverage—wherein all people have access to the health services they need...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Universal Health Coverage Day Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Record numbers accept a place to study nursing and midwifery
The latest data shows record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England for the second year running, according to the latest data on university admissions published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Assist. Minister Bracewell Celebrates Midwives in Bong
[New Dawn] Assistant Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports has embarked on the distribution of lappers and T-shirts to over 200 midwives in electoral district#1, Kpaai, Bong County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rural Midwives Fill Gap as Hospitals Cut Childbirth Services
Reports on the increased demand for rural midwives nationwide as some hospitals have had to suspend or reduce obstetric services due to financial and workforce challenges. Notes that midwives attend under 10% of hospital births in urban areas and 30% in rural areas, and describes the ongoing maternal healthcare access issues in rural areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Training midwives in Madagascar to bridge a dangerous gap in maternal health care
Antananarivo/Madagascar – “It wasn ’t until I stood alongside my classmates in the delivery room, encouraging an anxious mother-to-be as she gave birth to a little baby boy, that I realised just how va (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hundreds of nurses call on regulator to QUIT Stonewall diversity scheme
Nearly 500 nurses and midwives have signed a petition calling for the UK's nursing regulator to leave a scheme run by controversial charity Stonewall over concerns of women's safety. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: 400 Graduate From Kamuli School of Midwifery
[Monitor] Four hundred and two students who graduated from St Joseph School of Nursing and Midwifery have been challenged to reach out to their patients, make health services attractive and take their services as a calling to save lives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 30, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Approach Helps Nursing and Midwifery Schools in Mali Improve Curricula and Achieve Accreditation
November 29, 2021Eight nursing and midwifery schools in Mali—a country that has long experienced ashortage of qualified nurses and midwives—are now accredited and using a competency-based approach curriculum, compared to only three schools in 2017.Thanks to a partnership between IntraHealth International and Mali’s Ministry of Health and Social Development, the number of accredited nursing and midwifery schools has more than doubled and 829 more nursing and midwifery students are benefitting from a high-quality education, improving the quality of the health workforce in Mali.A new report—Accreditati...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Mali Mali Human Resources for Health Strengthening Activity Education & Performance Health workforce development Health Workers Source Type: news

Health Worker Training Helps More Sick Newborns Survive in Uganda
By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International A baby is measured for size at the Busowobi Health Center in Iganga District, Uganda. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.November 23, 2021When 25-year-old Aida Adongo started bleeding during her seventh month of pregnancy, she knew she had to seek care quickly. By the time she reached the Lwala Hospital, the nearest health facility in her community, she had already delivered one twin. The other was born safely at the hospital, thanks to the swift response of the medical team when she arrived.In Uganda, preterm births—bab...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Education Performance Health workforce development Source Type: news

More Mothers and Babies in Senegal Gain Access to High-Quality Health Services through Neema
November 22, 2021Over the past five years, more than 1.7 million children under five in Senegal received nutrition services through IntraHealth International’s USAID-fundedIntegrated Service Delivery– Healthy Behaviors Project—called Neema. The program also helped over 80% of health facilities in seven regions build functional referral systems to connect community members to services at nearby health facilities; made family planning services available to more people, resulting in 675,000 years of protection from unwanted pregnancies for couples through contraceptives; and monitored the grow...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Senegal Neema Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Noncommunicable Diseases Nutrition Community Engagement Education Performance Leadership and Governance Community Health Workers Source Type: news

A New Generation of Health Workers Enters a Stronger Health System in Kenya
November 17, 2021As part of Kenya’s overarching efforts to build and strengthen its health workforce, the country has provided much-needed financial aid to train more than 40,000 aspiring health workers in the past five years. This is just one way the country is addressing its shortage of health workers and using strategic data to address HIV, COVID-19, and other urgent health challenges.Since 2016, IntraHealth International’s USAID-funded Human Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya Mechanism has partnered with the government of Kenya to build stronger human resource systems, data-use methods, and training...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Kenya Digital Health Health workforce development Leadership and Governance & Systems Source Type: news

Above-inflation pay rise is key to nurse numbers
Commenting on the mid-year registration data released today (Tuesday) by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, UNISON national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood said: “The substantial rise in the number of nurses and midwives leaving since last year is worrying. “It’s likely many feel unable to cope with the current pressures and neither feel valued by the government nor their employers. Pay must rise ahead of inflation to persuade staff to stay and new applicants to join. “More than 10,000 nurses have been recruited from outside Europe in the space of six months, bringing welcome expertise. It’s e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

Safer nursing and midwifery staffing
As winter approaches these actions and guidance for trust board members support winter preparedness, decision making and escalation processes for safer nursing and midwifery staffing, as well as board assurance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Winter 2021 preparedness: nursing and midwifery safer staffing, NHS England (updated 12th November 2021)
The following actions focus on preparedness, decision making and escalation processes to support safer nursing and midwifery staffing as the winter period approaches. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurses, midwives, students' knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to domestic violence: a cross-sectional survey - Ali P, McGarry J, Younas A, Inayat S.
AIMS: To measure registered nurses', registered midwives, nursing and midwifery students' current levels of knowledge, attitude and practices related to intimate partner violence. BACKGROUND: Nurses and midwives whether registered or students need ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Midwives continue to deliver amid uncertainty in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, United Nations/Afghanistan– Even before the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the situation for pregnant women was dire – the country had (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnant woman's death puts spotlight on Polish abortion law
A Polish hospital says doctors and midwives did everything they could to save the lives of a pregnant woman and her fetus in a case that has put the spotlight on new restrictions on Poland's abortion law (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Health Ministry Stops Recruiting Men As Midwives
[Monitor] The Ministry of Health has stopped the recruitment of male comprehensive nurses as midwives at district level on grounds that it is against medical practices. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 30, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Midwifery continuity of carer
Guidance for maternity services and systems on how to develop a local plan for achieving midwifery continuity of carer as the default model of care offered to all women. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwife-Assisted Community Births Post Low Adverse Outcomes Midwife-Assisted Community Births Post Low Adverse Outcomes
Nulliparous women delivering at home or in community centers were more likely than multiparous women to transfer to hospital settings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant women at risk from NHS workers ’ mixed messages over safety of jab
Expectant mothers tell helpline that midwives are advising them against vaccines despite threat posed by virus•Coronavirus – latest updates•See all our coronavirus coveragePregnant women are being advised by some health professionals not to have the Covid vaccine despitean edict from the NHS that they should encourage them to get the jab. One in six of the most critically ill Covid patients requiring life-saving care are unvaccinated pregnant women,figures released last week show.Yet messages sent to the Vaccines and Pregnancy helpline, launched on 20 August to help pregnant women navigate information about...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Summers Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Pregnancy Coronavirus UK news NHS Society Health Science Source Type: news

CQC criticises care scandal trust for 'unsafe staffing'
The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal does not have enough midwifery staff to keep women and babies safe, a Care Quality Commission inspection has revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC inspection finds Juno app requires improvement
The regulator ’s report flagged governance issues in the midwifery and paediatrics service.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ghana: Govt Must Invest in Training Nurses, Midwives - Prof. Bam
[Ghanaian Times] The government must, as a matter of urgency, invest in specialised training of nurses and midwives across the country to improve expert care given to patients and reduce mortalities resulting from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and other infectious diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Environmental Rescue Initiative Empowers Trained Traditional Midwives on Covid- 19
[FrontPageAfrica] Harrisburg Township -- As part of efforts to ensure equity in the rollup of the COVID-19 vaccine, about 60 Trained Traditional Midwives in Harrisburg Township have been trained by the Environmental Rescue Initiative to provide the much-needed information about the COVID-19 Vaccine safety and to ensure vaccine equity in rural communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Whistleblowing disclosures report 2021: healthcare professional regulators
The Nursing and Midwifery Council received 192 whistleblowing disclosures in 2020 –2021, compared with 107 disclosures the previous year. The rise in disclosures is largely due to Covid-19. Around a third of disclosures made during this year were related to the pandemic. The report highlights the collaborative efforts of eight regulators (General Chiropractic Council, General D ental Council, General Medical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, The Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council) to address serious issues that health ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: Nurses Raise Alarm Over Vaccination Allowances
[Monitor] The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union says it expects an answer from government today on how they intend to address the low morale among health workers carrying out Covid-19 vaccinations across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Call the midwives: Yale Nursing clinicians practice, teach, and advocate
As part of its Midwifery Week, Yale School of Nursing explores the work of its faculty dedicated to caring for childbearing individuals and their children. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - October 4, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

UK facing midwife exodus as more than half want to quit
Among midwives who have left their job, or are planning to do so, most said it was because they were not able to give women the level of care they would like. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whistleblowing disclosures report 2021: healthcare professional regulators
Nursing& Midwifery Council -The Nursing& Midwifery Council received 192 whistleblowing disclosures in 2020 –2021, compared to 107 disclosures the previous year. The rise in disclosures is largely due to Covid-19. Around a third of disclosures made during this year were related to the pandemic. The report highlights the collaborative efforts of eight regulators (General Chiropractic Council, General Den tal Council, General Medical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, The Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing& Midwifery Council) to add...
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - September 30, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Regulation, governance and accountability Workforce and employment Source Type: news

The parents are watching: midwifery students' perceptions of how workplace bullying impacts mothers and babies - Capper TS, Muurlink OT, Williamson MJ.
PROBLEM: Bullying in the midwifery profession has been documented and the problem is now known to extend to the poor treatment of midwifery students. In nursing, research has shown that bullying in the clinical workplace can adversely impact on quality of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Stanford Bourne obituary
Pioneering psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who specialised in studying the effects of stillbirth on women ’s mental healthThe psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Stanford Bourne, who has died aged 92 of congestive cardiac failure, broke the silence in the 1960s surrounding the anguish of stillbirth. His work opened up discussion, addressed medical bias, and guided doctors and midwives towards a more compassionate approach.In the 60s, 18,000 women a year had a stillborn baby, but it was cloaked in secrecy. Well-meaning staff quickly removed babies before parents could see, name or hold them, and they were “disposed of...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Penny Warren Tags: Psychiatry Medical research Pregnancy Mental health Doctors London Books Source Type: news

Rwanda: From Sweden to Rwanda - Ensuring Safe Pregnancy and Childbirth
[UNFPA] "As a midwife, I have always had a passion for working in developing countries, so I was excited when I noticed UN Volunteer assignments for midwives and applied right away. However, when I first arrived in Rwanda, the country went into lockdown as COVID-19 had reached its peak and there was a surge of cases." (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: What Kenyan Midwives Want
[Nation] "Despite their life-affirming role in providing healthcare for women, midwives are the least paid healthcare workers," said Angela Nguku, founder and executive director, White Ribbon Alliance Kenya (WRA Kenya), during the launch of a report on what midwives want on September 22 in Kisumu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news