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    17 March, 2016

    There’s not long to go until Wales elects a new Assembly to lead our country through the next few years. Candidates are popping up everywhere – delivering leaflets, knocking on doors, and turning up to hustings meetings to field questions from voters.

    It’s election time. They need our...

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    11 March, 2016

    We must be mad! I always remember, when I was a community midwife , calling one of my women and hearing her partner shout up the stairs ‘Darling, it’s the madwife on the phone!’  Maybe that nomenclature would be more pertinent now as I join eight RCM colleagues to cycle 230 miles across...

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    25 February, 2016

    Perhaps it wasn’t surprising that the focus of media attention following the launch of Better Births – the NHS Maternity Review for England link was the issue of NHS Personalised Maternity Budgets. After all it is probably the most political and different idea in the report. However, in my...

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    23 February, 2016

    Whew, at last the report is launched and now the challenge is making it happen.

    The report should please midwives. It is all about women and what they as individuals need and its findings are based on evidence – both from maternity services researchers and from the women who use the...

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    9 February, 2016

    Some political decisions are big and noisy; they make the news, and register loud and clear on the political radar. Others however are just as important, but make silent progress through the system.

    One of the latter is working its way through the corridors of...

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    1 February, 2016

    I was leafing through The Guardian newspaper on Sunday when I came across a double paged spread about Professor Kypros Nicholaides, which can be read by clicking...

  • 29 January, 2016
    On Friday 15th January 2016 Luton and Dunstable Branch held a Branch Social evening in a local hall including a raffle, a bar and a disco, attended by 30 branch members.
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    25 January, 2016

    The decision to land student midwives in England with up to £65,000 in loans and debt to cover their tuition fees and living costs was slipped out by the Government at the time of the Chancellor’s Spending Review in November. Thankfully, the Royal College of Midwives spotted it and alerted...

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    22 January, 2016

    Alongside legal and regulatory arguments regarding the removal of the statutory elements of midwifery, there has been a lively and wide ranging discussion of how we, as midwives, can retain those elements recognised by the King’s Fund, to be of value.

    Given that midwifery supervision...

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    21 January, 2016

    This might be a question many of you are asking and, given that you  have always been told the review would be completed by the end of December 2015, a very reasonable one. I was away for 3 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period but kept my phone on, worried that a lot of activity...