By Louise Silverton on 24 May 2019
In 2014 the RCM and the RCOG decided that something needed to be done to address the increasing rates of OASI (obstetric anal sphincter injury). OASI has an enormous negative impact on the lives of those affected. Following a round table discussion ...
By Nikki Rhys-Jones on 24 April 2019
Nikki Rhys-Jones is a specialist midwife who joined the NSPCC in 2012. Nikki has been delivering Baby Steps, a perinatal education programme, for five years and in that time she has run 69 groups in Swansea and Bridgend. She lives in Cardiff and ...
By Brenda McCabe, Midwife, Northern Ireland on 23 April 2019
I was nominated for the RCM's Emma's Diary Mums' Midwife of the Year award' by an exceptional lady, wife and mother of two beautiful children, Sarah Griffiths. I was completely taken aback that Sarah felt my care had such a positive impact that ...
By Denise Linay on 27 March 2019
This April the RCM celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening up of membership to support workers in maternity. Apparently this is an anniversary celebrated by a gift of aluminium or tin but we’ll probably stick with cake.
By Gabrielle Bourke on 25 March 2019
Have you ever thought about the origins of the word ‘crisis’ in our English language? We use it to describe something terrible, an intractable calamity of some kind.
But in Greek – the source of our English word – it means something different, ...
By Gill Walton on 22 March 2019
On March 7th 2019, NHS England celebrated the three-year anniversary of the launch of the maternity policy document ‘Better Births’ in Manchester. Attending this event made me reflect on how hard maternity services have worked, and how far ...
By Richard Griffin, HEE North London and June Mensah, midwife seconded to HEE on 26 February 2019
The six maternity units in North West London (NW London) employ just under 300 MSWs. Last year, the Local Maternity System (LMS), working with Health Education England, organised focus groups with maternity support workers (MSWs).
By Mary Ross-Davie on 15 February 2019
Two years on from the publication of Scotland’s Best Start review of maternity & neonatal services I am delighted today to see the official announcement by the Scottish Government that they will be investing £12 million in supporting implementation.