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Nursing and midwifery unions give cautious welcome on pay
Unions representing nurses and midwives have largely welcomed the chancellor ’s commitment to provide extra money for NHS staff pay rises, but also warned they must be “meaningful”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

' Sleep on Side' Advice to Cut Stillbirth Risk'Sleep on Side' Advice to Cut Stillbirth Risk
Women should sleep on their sides during the last 3 months of pregnancy to help avoid the risk of stillbirths, say midwives.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Feature Review: What factors influence the provision of care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries?
New Cochrane evidence synthesis highlights the many factors that influence the care provided by skilled birth attendantsIn low- and middle-income countries, many mothers still die during childbirth. Women are encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home so they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage a normal pregnancy and childbirth, and refer the mother and newborn when complications arise.A team of Cochrane authors based in Norway, South Africa,and Uganda worked withCochrane Effective Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

In Pakistan, empowering midwives to empower women
TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan –Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition.When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under the care of a trained health worker. “Unskilled, untrained birth attendants were doing deliveries in our community. Some of the newborns died and some of the women had infections during deliveries,” she recounted.Even now, thejourney to motherhood remains a dangerous one in Pakistan. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Howard University Hospital, Unity Health Care ink obstetrics partnership
Howard University Hospital and its faculty practice have signed a partnership agreement with Unity Health Care in a move to expand obstetrics access to underserved areas of the District. As part of the deal announced Monday, Howard will reopen a previously closed wing to bring 11 new ante- and post-partum inpatient rooms, as well as an operating and delivery room. Howard hospital has also hired about 35 new nurses and will extend admitting privileges to Unity's OB/GYN physicians a nd midwives, said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Blog: Tax cuts for the rich have cost the country dear
When it comes to austerity, the Conservatives have often argued that “there is no alternative”. When he was Chancellor, George Osborne inflicted painful spending cuts on our country, our communities and our public services. Now, of course, George Osborne has sought to reinvent himself as a small ‘l’ liberal and a newspaper editor. Yet the choices he made – and they were choices – still have a lasting impact. The prime advocate of the “no alternative” doctrine may have left Parliament, but the effect of his cuts will be felt for generations. Yet the brutal approach to public s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News budget Tax Source Type: news

Liberia:UMU Midwifery Dep. Holds Scientific Session
[NEWS] Liberia last Friday joined the world to celebrate World Prematurity Day with the Post Basic Midwifery Program of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences at the United Methodist University (UMU) holding a scientific session for senior students of the program. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

NHS trusts are STILL promoting natural births
The NHS is paying a controversial author to persuade midwives to promote ‘natural birth’ despite a series of baby deaths associated with it, campaigners have claimed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting the income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £8.6bn over the past five years, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The April 2013 decision to cut the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p has also saved the richest people in the country hundreds of thousands of pounds in that time, while public sector workers haven’t had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that in the five years since the then Chancellor, George Osborne, introduced the t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government public services Tax Tax avoidance Source Type: news

Choices opening temporary center and midwifery
While a local health care provider completes a capital campaign and construction for its new facility, it will also offer care at a temporary satellite site. Choices, also known as Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, will offer perinatal care and gynecology at 144 N. Bellevue Blvd. beginning January 2, 2018, while it works on its new Comprehensive Reproductive Health Center at 1203 Poplar Ave. Choices is trying to raise $4.2 million to cover land a nd capital costs for the 16,000-square-foot… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?
Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean  delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cesarean Section, Childbirth (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?
THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 -- Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. In addition, midwives were tied to less need for a surgical incision called an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Should Negotiate With Striking Doctors
[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), the Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union filed a suit in the High Court in Kampala challenging government's decision to enter into negotiations with the Uganda Medical Association (UMA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay
Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing survey about nursing staff being at breaking point, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These findings echo what staff across the entire NHS have been telling us. NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. “Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long. They work hard to deliver the best care for patients and their families in tough circumstances, and with limited resources. “With inflation and interest rates on the rise, all health e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 15, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ambulance budget chancellor Midwives NHS nhs pay nurses paramedics porters Source Type: news

Notts maternity staff create own ‘Call the Midwife’ calendar
Maternity staff from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have created their own calendar themed on the hit BBC TV show Call the midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Effectiveness of training to promote routine enquiry for domestic violence by midwives and nurses: a pre-post evaluation study - Baird KM, Saito AS, Eustace J, Creedy DK.
BACKGROUND: Asking women about experiences of domestic violence in the perinatal period is accepted best practice. However, midwives and nurses may be reluctant to engage with, or effectively respond to disclosures of domestic violence due a lack of knowle... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Landmark maternity audit reveals 'extreme' variation in NHS care
Midwives should make “every effort possible” to ensure mothers and babies have skin-to-skin contact within one hour of birth, according to a major new report on maternity care that shows not all are experiencing this important bonding process. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Analysis: Urgent need for action on staffing ‘perfect storm’
A further fall in the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK was revealed this month, setting alarm bells ringing among employers, nursing leaders and unions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 8, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Doctors 'get off more lightly' than nurses in misconduct cases
Doctors found guilty of sexual offences, theft and fraud tend to get off more lightly than nurses and midwives, suggests the first in-depth report into professional misconduct cases across health and social care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulator adds to winter warning for nurses to ‘get flu jab’
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has added its voice to calls for all registered nurses and midwives to get their flu jab ahead of the coming winter period, which is predicted to be tougher than normal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Agency, bank and overtime spending in UK maternity units in 2016
This report finds that NHS spending on temporary staffing in midwifery reached more than £97 million in 2016. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

International studies prove what midwives have known for eons: Don't cut umbilical cords right after birth
(Natural News) Waiting 30 to 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after the birth of the baby instead of doing so right after the birth happened can save thousands of pre-term babies’ lives, according to international studies coordinated by the University of Sydney’s National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre. The review,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Continuity of care 'boosts quality of midwife provision'
The quality of maternity care for women is greatly enhanced by seeing the same midwife or group of midwives but many still do not get continuity of care, says a report by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 3, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heartless midwives 'giving new mothers PTSD'
Women with PTSD told researchers that they had felt 'abandoned, humiliated, ignored, dismissed or violated' by midwives, whom they often perceived as 'hostile' or 'incompetent'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nursing number fall will have a huge impact on the NHS
Commenting on the latest figures from the National Midwifery Council published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The latest drop in the number of nurses and midwives is more than worrying. Although the reduction in the number of UK nurses may not be huge, the overall figures will have a major impact on the NHS and patients. “This is because EU nurses are leaving en masse, creating a huge gap in the workforce. Brexit has left many feeling uncertain about their future in the UK. It’s vital for the NHS that the government now secures the right to st...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 2, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT EU NHS nursing nursing shortages Source Type: news

'Alarming' rise in number of nurses leaving NMC register continues
Nurses and midwives are continuing to leave the profession at a greater rate than they are joining, highlighting “major” staffing challenges facing the health and care sectors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned as it released new figures today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 2, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in droves
New figures reveals recruitment and retention crisis Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit ‘Brexit poses major risks to almost every part of the NHS’ Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ NHS pay cap contributed to workforce crisis, says think tank (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ontario midwives urge government to allow them to perform abortions
The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario has told the provincial government there is a "burgeoning interest" in allowing midwives to offer abortion services. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Changes to NMC language test requirements ‘come in force’
Changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s language testing requirements for nurses and midwives trained outside the UK have come into force today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New RCM leader targets boosting senior midwife profile
A new union chief executive has used her first major speech to pledge to “strengthen” the profile of midwifery leadership in trusts and other service providers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 31, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwife shortages driving 'reliance' on temporary staff
Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year, according to figures obtained by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 31, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government asks whether NMC should get more powers
The Nursing and Midwifery Council could be given much greater freedom to set its own its procedures without the need for legislative changes, under a new UK-wide consultation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 31, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage'
Maternity services are relying on expensive overtime and agency staff to fill rotas in the UK, union leaders say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery
RCM accuses government of ‘short-termism’ Related items fromOnMedica Anger as government axes nurse and midwife bursaries BME nurses and midwives more likely to be referred to regulator Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Nosy' midwife struck off for viewing friends' records
Vicky Anne Bloxham was sacked by University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of NHS managers rises as nursing recruitment falls
In the past three years the number of managers employed in England has increased 11 per cent, while the number of nurses and midwives has risen by just 1.6 per cent, new research has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’
Report describes recruitment problems and instability Related items fromOnMedica Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment GP recruitment numbers rise slowly Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Shortages are compromising patient care, new report warns (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An Advocate for Health Workers
October 23, 2017There's a looming global shortage of 18 million health workers. Can advocacy help fix it?Health workers are the backbone of strong health systems and thriving communities. Yet by 2030, the world will face a shortage of up to 18 million providers —hurting primarily those in low- and middle-income countries.That means mothers will go without necessary care, newborns will go without the assistance often needed to take their first breath of life, and countless patients will forgo the quality nursing and medical care they need and deserve.Advocacy can make a difference in every single community, in every s...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Africa:Sudden Loss of Advocacy & Midwifery Head Felicity Ukoko Mourned by Wellbeing Founder Toyin Saraki
[Wellbeing Foundation] Lagos -With a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) regrets to announce the sudden loss of our colleague and friend Mrs. Felicity Aliana? Ukoko (nee Mapuvire). Who passed away on Sunday the 15th of October 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trust strengthens midwifery leadership in wake of ‘tragic case’
One of the largest trusts in the country has strengthened leadership in maternity in response to the death of a baby whose parents claim a series of errors by midwives were to blame for the “completely avoidable” tragedy, it has told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC confirms new ways overseas nurses can prove English skills
From next month, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is to expand the range options that overseas nurses can use to prove their English language credentials are sufficient to join the UK register. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Unions keep up pressure over NHS pay with latest warning
Nurses and midwives could still be thousands of pounds worse off each year by 2022, despite the government scrapping the cap on public sector pay, according to a new trade union analysis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulation of nursing associates in England
The Department of Health is seeking views on amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, to regulate nursing associates in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nursing associate regulation takes ‘vital step’ forwards
A government consultation has been launched today on the legal changes required to allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to bring nursing associates onto its register and has been described as a “vital step” towards the new role becoming regulated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heartbeat Labs Launches Teleconsultation for Mother and Child Health and Invests in Health-Startups Heallo.ai, Daatrics and Aurora Health
Heartbeat Labs has announced its first digital health company, Kinderheldin - an online service for pregnant women and parents of babies that seek the advice of professional midwives. At the same time, the startup platform discloses three investments: Heallo.ai from India, the UK company Daatrics, as well as the Berlin-based startup Aurora Health. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Lib Dems call for incontinence prevention training in Scotland
Midwives, health visitors and other health professionals should get specific training on incontinence prevention, as part of a new nationwide continence strategy in Scotland, according to the Liberal Democrats. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulator promotes Royal London ’s maternity service rating
The Royal London Hospital ’s maternity department has improved but could still do with more senior midwives, according to the Care Quality Commission. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety
NHS even less equipped to cope with demands of a winter already set to stretch it to the limit Related items fromOnMedica Number of EU nurses registering drops by 96% Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hunt confirms scrapping of public sector 1% pay cap
But additional cash will now be needed for NHS salaries, warns NHS Employers Related items fromOnMedica Nurses welcome hint of shift on pay freeze Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news