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NMC launches new standards to ‘shape next generation of nurses’
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today officially launched its new set of standards on the skills and knowledge the “next generation of nurses will learn to enable them to deliver world class care”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Memphis midwives get national spotlight
The midwives of a Memphis health clinic were recently featured on PBS. PBS' May 20 installment of its series, "Chasing the Dream: Poverty& Opportunity in America," featured group prenatal care offered by Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health. The nonprofit has delivered 11 babies in the past year, with 19 more on the way. Choices launched a capital campaign, and construction is underway for a new, $4 million midwifery facility, located at 1203 Poplar Ave. A building permit valued at $3.6… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 22, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Lessons Learned Review: The Nursing and Midwifery Council's handling of concerns about midwives' fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital
A review of the actions of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in relation to the death of eleven babies and one mother at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, between 2004 and 2013. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Immersion in water during labour and birth
Labouring in water may reduce the number of women having an epidural but does not appear to affect mode of birth or serious perineal tears.Water immersion during labour and birth is increasingly popular and is becoming widely accepted across many countries, and particularly in midwifery-led care settings. However, there are concerns around neonatal water inhalation, increased requirement for admission to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), maternal and/or neonatal infection, and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS).A team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom worked withCochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth to ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Communicating public health alcohol guidance for expectant mothers: a scoping report
Conclusion The current guidance is grounded in a biomedical approach, but communication and advice should reflect the fact that drinking in pregnancy is a socio-ecological issue.  The impact of guidance on alcohol consumption when pregnant or planning a pregnancy may be limited by many factors, including lack of clarity over the evidence, limited acknowledgement of ‘lived experience’ and lack of recognition of the influence of social networks. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Dr Rachel Brown, DECIPHer, 1-3 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3NB (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - May 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Nurse watchdog 'helped to cover up hospital baby deaths scandal'
At least three mothers and 16 babies are thought to have died at a hospital trust between 2004 and 2016 at the hands of a ‘dysfunctional’ gang of ‘musketeer’ midwives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regulator let down families caught up in Morecambe Bay scandal
The NMC failed to listen to or properly investigate concerns about midwives at Furness General Hospital, according to a new report, which concludes the regulator ’s handling of the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal was “inadequate” and “frequently incompetent”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff shortages lead to further suspension of births at Devon units
A Devon acute trust is extending the temporary suspension of birthing services at two of its midwife-led maternity units, because of ongoing staffing shortages and safety concerns. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Furness hospital baby deaths: Midwifery council criticised
Eleven babies and one mother died at Furness General Hospital in Barrow between 2004 and 2013. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scathing report says regulator ignored police warnings and put public at risk
The Nursing and Midwifery Council put the public at risk from poor care after ignoring more than 20 concerns raised by the police for two years, a damning report has revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gambia:GNMC Warns Against Unauthorised Operation
[Foroyaa] The Gambia Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC), has issued a stern warning to unauthorised Schools of Nursing operating in the country, using unauthorised titles of nursing and nurses, for their products. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Midwife describes working under ISIL, taking a dangerous stand for women
AL-QAIM CITY, Iraq –Um Qassem was working as a midwife in Al-Qaim City, in Iraq ’s Anbar Province, when the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) swept into the country in mid-2014. Seemingly overnight, her life became a nightmare, she said – especially when the group tried to recruit her.“ISIL constantly threatened me, my husband, and my family, as well as other doctors and nurses. We were working under fear,” she described. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Regulator chief executive resigns ahead of scandal report
The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has resigned, ahead of the publication of a review into the regulator’s handling of the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Breaking: Nursing and Midwifery Council chief exec to step down
Jackie Smith has today announced her decision to step down as chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, after over six years in the role. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive to step down
Jackie Smith has today announced her decision to step down as chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, after over six years in the role. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Funding for ‘fast-track’ training for midwives across North of Scotland
Nurses in the Highlands and Islands can now become fully qualified midwives in less than two years, through a new £500,000 pilot scheme, the Scottish government has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 11, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nepal ’s first midwives waiting in the wings to save women’s lives
KATHMANDU, Nepal –“I was so upset when a woman, suffering from heavy bleeding soon after giving birth, had to be rushed to a hospital – travelling six hours on a winding and bumpy road,” recalled Pramika Maharjan. “She was between life and death.”Ms. Maharjan encountered the case four years ago, when she was a nurse in Nepal ’s remote far-western district of Doti. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Liberia:'On Frontline to Save Humanity'
[New Republic] Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh has described Liberian midwives as those on the frontline to save humanity and has said their effort has won his personal admiration. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Better continuity of care for pregnant women in NW London
Women across North West London are being allocated one dedicated midwife as part of a new way of working designed to improve continuity of care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 8, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Uganda:Midwives Using Torches to Deliver Mothers At Soroti Health Centre
[Monitor] Medical workers and patient caretakers at Kamuda Health Centre III in Soroti District are struggling to attend to patients in the night following the breakdown of the facility's solar system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Midwives 'Lead the Way with Quality Care', as World Marks International Day
[UN News] Midwives are vital to driving sustainable development and key to helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices, said the United Nations health agency's chief nurse on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 5, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa:Midwives Leading the Way With Quality Care
[allAfrica] Today, on the International Day of the Midwife, we not only commit to celebrating midwives as they lead the way with quality care, but to giving them a platform to inform global health policy. As frontline healthworkers at the heart of each community, midwives are best placed to advise Governments, leaders and agencies on the critical changes needed to improve health outcomes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 5, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa:Saving Lives, One Birth at a Time
[allAfrica] Today, on the International Day of the Midwife, we not only commit to celebrating midwives as they lead the way with quality care, but to giving them a platform to inform global health policy. As frontline healthworkers at the heart of each community, midwives are best placed to advise Governments, leaders and agencies on the critical changes needed to improve health outcomes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 5, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Midwives ‘lead the way with quality care’, as world marks International Day
Midwives are vital to driving sustainable development and key to helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices, said the United Nations health agency ’s chief nurse on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amid grinding conflict, Yemen ’s midwives go to heroic lengths to save lives
Hajjah, Yemen –“When the war broke out, I left my job in the city and came to Aslam,” Rawthah Ahmed, a midwife with 25 years of experience, told UNFPA. Her services are desperately needed in Aslam, a remote village in Hajjah Governorate. “There are no health facilities or basic services. People are very poor ; they cannot afford to travel in search of medical care,” she explained. “I chose this profession to save pregnant women, so I had to come back to help them.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

'Broad support' for government's associate regulation plans
Legislation changes to allow nursing associates onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s register are to go ahead, following “broad support” for the plans, the government has said while publishing results to its consultation on the proposals. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Statement by Dr Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean a.i. ...
3 May 2018 On 5 May every year, the world celebrates International Day of the Midwife, with the theme of this year’s campaign being “Midwives leading the way with quality care”. The theme is in line with the first of 3 strategic directions of the International Confederation of Midwifes namely, quality, equity, and leadership. Maternal health care services are highly dependent on midwifery care, including the role of midwives in responding to the needs of women, families and communities. Reaching every woman and newborn with midwifery services is essential to achieve health-related Sustainable Development...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 2, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Midwife wins award for care of those who experience baby loss
A new award recognising excellence in the provision of care for people who experience baby loss has been given to a leading midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives to lead first specialist FGM clinic opens in Wales
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has launched the first specialist female genital mutilation clinic in Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives ’ college launches member consultation on pay offer
The Royal College of Midwives has today launched its membership consultation on the NHS pay proposals negotiated between the government, employers and unions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

It ’ s not us, it ’ s all about YOU!
If you’re a UNISON member you should have had an envelope through your letterbox from UNISON’s general secretary asking you to vote in yet another election. Yes, we know there are a lot of elections at UNISON but that’s because of the way it’s set up. UNISON is your union. That means that you get the chance to be involved in the major decisions. One of the key ways you do this is by electing your representatives onto one of the union’s service group executives. These elections happen every two years and the next ones are now! Now at this point you may already be subconsciously wanting to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article SGE elections 2018 Source Type: news

New NMC chair takes office with hope of ‘building on progress’
Former newspaper chief executive Philip Graf has taken up office today as the new chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulation of nursing associates in England
The government consulted on amendments made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and subordinate legislation in order to give the Nursing and Midwifery Council the correct legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Celebrating the journey to motherhood
UNITED NATIONS, New York –May is a time for motherhood. Dozens of countries around the world observe Mother ’s Day this month, celebrating the strength and beauty of mothers everywhere. The fifth of May, meanwhile, is the International Day of the Midwife, a day to commemorate the dedication of midwives who guide women safely along their journey to motherhood. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

NMC seeks ‘outstanding’ nurse or midwife to join its council
The nursing regulator has announced that it is seeking a registered nurse or midwife with a community service background or leadership experience to join its ruling council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 27, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse and midwife numbers dragged down by Brexit effect
  Commenting on new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published today (Wednesday) on the numbers of nurses and midwives either leaving or joining its register to practice in the UK, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Brexit has made many European nationals feel decidedly unwelcome. And with NHS staffing pressures showing no sign of easing, no-one could blame nurses and midwives for thinking they’ll be better off elsewhere. “This European exodus continues apace, simply because the Prime Minister has yet to do enough to reassure EU nurses and midwives that they’ll have ri...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release EU european union Midwives NHS NMC nurses Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Drop in EU nurses continues, driving NMC register decline
The number of nurses and midwives registered to practise in the UK continues to be lower than the same point a year ago, largely due to a further decline in European staff, reveal new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Botched Brexit' deterring EU nurses from working in UK
The number of nurses and midwives from EU countries registering to work in the UK has dropped by 87 per cent since last March, new data reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Midwife Returns From War-torn South Sudan a Changed Person
In the NewsThe Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Midwife Returns From War-torn South Sudan a Changed PersonApril 24, 2018Utah midwife Kirsti Rinne talks about her experience working with Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Lankien, South Sudan.View External Media.   (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

NHS staff deliver more than 50 million babies
England ’s top midwife says NHS staff have delivered more than 50 million babies over the last seven decades and is urging young people to consider the “uniquely rewarding” career. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh ministers pledge student bursary will continue during 2019
Student nurses and midwives in Wales will continue to receive a bursary in 2019, the country ’s health secretary has confirmed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Royal baby: Kate Middleton in labour - five signs that labour has begun
KATE MIDDLETON, 36, is due to give birth to the royal baby any day now. But what can the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, 35, expect? These are the signs that labour may be starting, and you should call your midwife. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NMC referral can spark suicidal thoughts in nurses, finds survey
More than half of nurses referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council have experienced suicidal thoughts, according to a snapshot survey by a group campaigning for improved support for those going through fitness to practise procedures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Online ads might boost smoking cessation uptake in pregnancy
Paid ads for quit-smoking support might be more effective than advice in clinical setting Related items fromOnMedica Smoking cessation services face cuts Smoking cessation Support for smokers trying to quit falls sharply Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal baby: Kate Middleton due to give birth - five signs that labour has begun
KATE MIDDLETON, 36, is due to give birth to the royal baby any day now. But what can the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, 35, expect? These are the signs that labour may be starting, and you should call your midwife. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Language testing for healthcare professionals
This briefing sets out the English language controls for EEA and non-EEA healthcare professionals in the UK, including doctors, nurses, midwives, dental professionals and pharmaceutical professionals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS pay consultation launched at health conference
UNISON has launched a consultation of health members at the health group conference in Brighton today. Members in England must decide whether to accept a three-year pay deal which comes with an extra £4.2bn worth of funding. Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other health staff across England are being offered long-overdue pay rises, in what would be a major shake-up of the NHS pay structure. Roz Norman (above), the chair of UNISON’s health service group executive, told delegates at conference that the hard work of activists in the Pay Up Now campaign...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference health care NHS nhs pay pay up now Source Type: news

Uganda:Nurses' Union Threatens Another Sit-Down Strike
[Monitor] The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union has rejected the proposed new government salary increment for nurses saying it is not what was agreed upon with the president (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rural midwives help save mothers in Lao People ’s Democratic Republic
THAPANGTHONG, Lao People ’s Democratic Republic –“Just lie still and relax. Breathe slowly,” midwife Khoun Keobouttavong told Out, 30. Out was laying on the floor of her small stilt house in the southern Thapangthong District of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.Ms. Keobouttavong pressed a fetal stethoscope into Out ’s belly. Out was about six months pregnant.“The heart is beating well,” she told Out, smiling. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news