Scottish nursing fosters closer links to Finland with exchange
Two nursing lecturers from Finland have visited Aberdeen this week, in order to help foster closer links with academics from Robert Gordon University ’s school of nursing and midwifery. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Standards of proficiency for nursing associates
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has published minimum proficiency standards for nursing associates joining its register. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nursing professor ’s visit to United Nations leaves indelible mark
When the UCLA School of Nursing ’s MarySue Heilemann was invited to be a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, she knew it would be a special experience. She just didn’t knowhow special. Or how far-reaching.“It was experience after experience after experience of just being so inspired by the dedicated, talented people who want to improve the conditions of living for women and girls worldwide,” Heilemann said of her time at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, attended by mo re than 6,000 representatives of member states, UN ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Trust celebrates ongoing success on midwife quality mark
Midwives from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating achieving a prestigious “baby friendly” quality mark for the third time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nursing Body Decries Shortage of Nurses, Midwives
[Guardian] The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has charged government at all levels to recruit more nurses and midwives if the nation must commit to the reduction of maternal and child mortality rate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medtech reporting would change under new opioid law
A section of the recently-passed bill to address the opioid crisis could have implications for medtech. The 250-page Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act) contains a provision that would require manufacturers of certain medical devices, drugs and biologics covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program to report payments or other transfers of value made to “covered recipients.” “Covered recipients,” as originally written in the sunshine provision o...
Source: Mass Device - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Featured Healthcare Reform Medicare Regulatory/Compliance Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Donald Trump opioid crisis U.S. Congress Source Type: news

Brave mother, 31, opens up about her 'horrific' struggle with post-natal depression
Amy Steele, 31, from Stoke Gifford, Bristol, endured a traumatic birth with her first child Maddie in February last year. She was only saved from suicide by a midwife who caught her just in time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000
Nicola  Sturgeon has today announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students in Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives ‘failing to realise’ they are domestic abuse victims
Midwives trained to recognise domestic abuse and support women sometimes do not realise or acknowledge they are victims themselves, reveals new research by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Brave mother, 31, opens up about her 'horrific' struggle with post-natal depression
Amy Steele, 31, from Stoke Gifford, Bristol, endured a traumatic birth with her first child Maddie in February last year. She was only saved from suicide by a midwife who caught her just in time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for GP mental health scheme to be extended to nurses
Calls have been made for a new mental health support scheme announced for NHS doctors to be extended to nurses and midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New nurses to be mentored by retired staff in Scotland
Newly qualified nurses and midwives will be mentored by recently retired NHS staff, under a pilot scheme due to launch in Scotland next year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Surgical mesh last resort for prolapse or incontinence
Only consider mesh or tape when all other non-surgical options have failed or are not possible Related items fromOnMedica Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy Doctors campaign against ‘too much medicine’ Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Hospitals failing to prevent cardiac arrests (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Progress report on midwifery
Just over a year since the launch of the non-statutory model of midwifery supervision, NHS England ’s head of maternity, children and young people, has published a report on the experiences and outcomes for women, their babies and families. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Actress Alicia Silverstone expands collaboration to launch herbal supplements
For years, Alicia Silverstone didn ’t believe in vitamins. As a vegan for two decades, the actress and activist has typically adhered to a clean and organic diet replete with nutrient-rich greens, whole grains, lentils, nuts and fruit.“My midwife suggested I take a prenatal supplement, but I thought... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

World leaders sign 'historic' agreement to boost profile of nursing
World health leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to raising the profile of nurses and midwives across the globe. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Africa:Toyin Saraki Demands Better Treatment for Midwives & Frontline Health Workers
[Wellbeing Foundation] Toyin Saraki, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly this week, called on Governments and global institutions to provide better respect, recognition, regulation, remuneration and safety for midwives, frontline health workers (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NMC unveils CQC social care inspector as next chief exec
Andrea Sutcliffe has been appointed chief executive and registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, it was announced today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 4, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

If Only Everyone Had a Postpartum Doula
When a baby comes, friends and families don ’ t always know how to help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZOE GREENBERG Tags: Midwives and Doulas Babies and Infants Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Breastfeeding Source Type: news

Featured Review: Non-clinical interventions for reducing unnecessary caesarean section
With numbers of caesarean sections increasing world wide this review looks at non-clinical interventions for reducing caesarean sections.Caesarean section is an operation used to prevent and reduce complications of childbirth. While it can be a life ‐saving procedure for both the mother and baby, caesarean section is not without harm and should only be carried out when necessary. The number of caesarean sections performed has been increasing worldwide. The aim ofthis updated Cochrane Review was to find out whether non-clinical interventions, which aim to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections, such as providing education ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

CQC chief inspector quits to lead nursing watchdog
The Care Quality Commission chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe has been appointed the new chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Former NHS director accuses female leaders of sexual discrimination
A former NHS director has accused senior female leaders at his old trust of sexual discrimination after he was found guilty of gross misconduct for agreeing an “irregular” pay off for a Morecambe Bay midwife. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Every Parent Should Have Access to a Postpartum Doula
When a baby comes, friends and families don ’ t always know how to help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZOE GREENBERG Tags: Midwives and Doulas Babies and Infants Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Breastfeeding Source Type: news

Blue plaque for inspirational nurse from Windrush generation
An inspirational nurse and midwife who became the first person of African heritage to be appointed head matron at an NHS hospital is to be honoured with a blue plaque. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 4, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Everyone Should Have a Postpartum Doula
Because when a baby comes, friends and families don ’ t always know how to help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZOE GREENBERG Tags: Midwives and Doulas Babies and Infants Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Breastfeeding Source Type: news

Cold weather causes 'winter vagina', midwife warns
Mary Burke, a former midwife and senior clinical nurse at the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic, argues dry winter air depletes moisture from our skin, including the vagina. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students
This journal article describes how women are discharged home from hospital increasingly early, but there is little evidence examining the postnatal hospital discharge process and how this may impact on the health of women and babies. In particular, there is little on sepsis prevention advice, despite it being the biggest direct cause of maternal mortality. Study explores the perceptions of women and senior student midwives related to the postnatal hospital discharge process and maternal sepsis prevention advice. Cost effective, time-efficient and innovative ways to impart vital information are required to support the postn...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ontario midwives welcome 'validating' pay ruling
An Ottawa midwife is welcoming this week's Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision on pay equity as "validating" for her profession, but it could still be some time before midwives see the kind of salary increase they're looking for. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Africa:Midwife Reaches Pregnant Refugee Just in Time to Deliver Her Baby On Rescue Boat
[UNFPA] Lake Tanganyika, Off Kigoma, Tanzania -When midwife Mariam Abrahman, 32, rescued a heavily pregnant woman from a flimsy boat carrying Burundian refugees in Lake Tanganyika, she knew she'd arrived just in time. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 26, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center?
For uncomplicated pregnancies, they offer an alternative to the typically expensive and intervention-heavy maternity care system. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ALICE CALLAHAN Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Midwives and Doulas Babies and Infants Source Type: news

Midwife never delivered a baby ...as she couldn’t speak English!
A POLISH woman was trained as a midwife by the NHS but never delivered a single baby – after bosses realised she could barely understand English. Barbara Fall, 35, has now been suspended to protect mothers and babies from a “real risk of harm” in what has been branded a “colossal waste of taxpayers’ money”. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:18,000 Nurses, Midwives Illegal
[Monitor] More than 18,000 nurses and midwives in both public and private health facilities are either fake or illegal as some are practicing without valid licenses and others lack the necessary qualifications, authorities have revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HHS Supportive of MAT Prescribing by Nurse Anesthetists, Midwives
(MedPage Today) --'Obvious category to consider,'says top official (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

NMC reveals final plans to regulate first nursing associates in 2019
Final proposals for the regulation of nursing associates, including the skills and knowledge students will need in order to qualify, have been outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Washington Post busted for fake news of Trump admin 'denying passports' to Latinos
Progressive editors at the Huffington Post slammed the progressive Washington Post‘s for fake news about a supposed campaign by President Donald Trump’s deputies to deny passports to Texas-born Latinos. (Natural News) (Article by Neil Munro republished from Breitbart.com) “State Department data shows passport denials in suspect midwife cases have dropped under Donald Trump. You wouldn’t know from reading the Post,”... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Union launches annual national staff and patient safety survey
Nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, students, ambulance workers and other members of Unison are being asked to record how their shift goes today for the union ’s annual staff safety survey. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria:International Confederation of Midwives Global Goodwill Ambassador Toyin Saraki Condemns Killing of Midwife in Nigeria
[Wellbeing Foundation] Abuja - Toyin Saraki calls for second midwife and further health-care worker to be released (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NHS pay deal accepted by nursing and midwifery staff in Wales
Nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across Wales have accepted a pay deal over the next three years. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pregnancy weight gain 'going unmeasured'
Midwives want clear advice about how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gestational weight loss or gain linked to poor outcome in children
Guidelines needed on weight gain in pregnancy, say midwives Related items fromOnMedica UK lagging behind peers on child health Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Caffeine in pregnancy linked to risk of child overweight (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwives call for pregnancy weight targets after study highlights health risks
Eating for two is a myth, say researchers, with weight gain linked to insulin resistanceMidwives should be given guidelines on how to advise expectant mothers about managing their weight, their professional body has said, reacting to research that suggested the commonly held belief that pregnant women needed to eat for two was a myth.Gaining too much weight during pregnancy could put the future offspring at an increased risk of insulin resistance and affect their blood pressure in childhood, according to the study published in the journal,Diabetologia.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis and Kevin Rawlinson Tags: Pregnancy Parents and parenting Science Family Health & wellbeing Life and style Medical research Society Source Type: news

Nigeria:UN Condemns Killing of Abducted Aid Worker in North East
[This Day] The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the killing of an aid worker and midwife, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa in Northeast Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria: ICRC condemns midwife's murder, appeals to abductors to spare two other healthcare workers
[ICRC] Geneva/Abuja -The International Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa. It is appealing to the armed group to immediately release a second ICRC midwife and another health-care worker taken in north-eastern Nigeria in March. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason partner on new obstetrics program as birth rate climbs
The new birth center will have private birthing suites, a special care nursery, a doula program, breastfeeding support with lactation consultants, and midwifery services. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jasmine Spearing-Bowen Source Type: news

UNISON launches national staff and patient safety survey
Nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, NHS students, ambulance workers, therapists, and administrative, facilities and technical staff across the UK are being asked to record how their shift goes tomorrow (Tuesday) for UNISON’s annual staff safety survey. The survey findings, which the union hopes will shed light on the safety and well-being of staff and patients across the health service over a 24-hour period – Tuesday 18 September – will be released towards the end of the year. Commenting on the recording day, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This survey aims to show what happens in a ty...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release health NHS safe staffing Source Type: news

Campaign launched to entice older nurses into research roles
Nurses and midwives around London thinking of changing careers or retiring are being offered the chance to move into clinical research nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Collaboration Is Essential to Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Indonesia
September 14, 2018It'll  take a nation to change the numbers for Indonesia's  moms and babies.As Indonesia celebrates its 73rd year of independence, most people are aware of the country ’s impressive economic development over the past few years. But perhaps fewer are aware that, every hour, across this massive archipelago, two mothers and eight newborns die.The country still faces unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality. This is a multi-faceted and complex issue, which requires collaboration between all elements of society to ensure effective measures are taken to improve maternal and new...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

State of Maternity Services Report 2018 England
This report provides an overview of some of the'big picture'trends that are taking place in the midwifery workforce and identifies some of the challenges that face the profession and maternity services. This year the RCM has published individual reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCM reveals state of midwifery services in England and Scotland
The current challenges facing the midwifery profession in England and Scotland have been laid bare by a new investigation by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Rising NHS staff shortage figures spark alarm
Brexit is only making the situation worse, say healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery Fall in would-be nurses expected for September, report shows Nurse recruitment struggling to meet demand Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news