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Case studies and analysis on events affecting the world of midwifery, including online-only stories and features from Midwives magazine.


Latest features

Open access: Recent features are available to all site visitors.

  • Age intervention and adverse outcomesEmma Godfrey-Edwards reviews the latest midwifery-related research.
  • A look at lifeThe Life Study is set to be the UK's largest national birth cohort study so far, as Mary Stewart explains.
  • Award-winning bereavement careSupporting a family that has lost a baby is a specialist and particularly challenging area of midwifery. A charity, which was set up by the devastated parents of a stillborn baby, has teamed up with the RCM to celebrate the best examples of bereavement care.
  • Editorial: What we say and doThe RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications Jon Skewes talks about the new RCM communications strategy.
  • How to make critiquing easyEvaluating research papers is straightforward when you know how to critique. Karen Baker explains more.
  • Improving Scotland's maternity careA multidisciplinary approach in which maternity, neonatal and paediatric services are working together is underway in Scotland. Emma Riches from Healthcare Improvement 
Scotland explains more.
  • Student soundbitesWhat's new in the student world? Your chance to tell us where you've been and what you've been up to...
  • Support for the most vulnerableTwo MSWs deliver invaluable support to the most vulnerable women in Wigan. Sarah Trotter, who nominated the winning entry for the RCM i-learn Maternity Support Worker Award, describes how.
  • The burden of shame and stigmaIt is not only women who experience shame and stigma because of their circumstances it can affect midwives too, as Mary Steen and Alun Jones explain.
  • Supervision: Maternity's safety netStatutory supervision purports to protect the public. But high-profile cases showing an apparent lack of supervision seem to highlight shortfalls in the system. Are midwives walking a tightrope without a safety net? Helen Bird investigates.
  • The mountain midwivesIn the mid-1920s, an American midwife recruited young British nurses for a pioneering service in the Kentucky mountains. Chris Holme shares their story of rugged terrain, horseback and births.
  • Tongue-tiedTongue-tie in newborns can make breastfeeding difficult and painful, and can lead to speech problems as the child grows older. Valerie Finigan explains more about the condition.
  • Bouncing backBillie Hunter 
discusses her research into what makes a midwife resilient and how others can learn from it.
  • MSW voice: A learning curveBecoming a union learning representative has brought huge benefits to MSW Sara Fripp,
as well as to her maternity colleagues in Dorset. She explains how she became 
involved and what the role entails.
  • On course: Three pillars of supportStudying to become a midwife can be a stressful and challenging experience. Sarah Wallbank explains how getting the right support has been vital for her.
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Older features

Member-only: Older Midwives features are available only to RCM members of Midwives subscribers.

  • My mother-in-law tells me what to doUniversity of Aberdeen's Bibha Simkhada and Maureen Porter and Bournemouth University's Edwin van Teijlingen explore some of the key issues surrounding the role of mothers-in-law in antenatal care decision-making in Nepal.
  • What is Barth syndrome?Repeated miscarriages or stillbirths of males may be due to Barth syndrome, according to Vanessa Garratt, Debbie Riddiford and the National Barth Syndrome Service's Colin Steward, Beverly Tsai-Goodman and Ruth Newbury-Ecob. But what is this syndrome and what role should midwives play in its diagnosis?
  • Working togetherThe NHS landscape is changing, but the importance of women and midwives working collaboratively to support breastfeeding remains, as Francesca Entwistle, Mary Renfrew, Alison Baum, Sue Ashmore and Janet Fyle explore.
  • How to help with positioning and attachmentHelping a mother get started is one key step in feeding, says Gillian Hughes, senior lecturer in midwifery at the University of Chester.
  • The way we wereThe 1960s may have marked the age of modern Britain, yet Ann Corsellis's early experiences working as a midwife - from hopping on the bus to attend home births to using drawers as makeshift cribs - show just how much things have changed in 50 years.