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  1. News Article
    Midwife numbers are reaching a dangerous level which could put lives at risk, as records show more staff leaving than joining the profession for the first time in a decade. As a record number suffer burnout and leave, the figures from NHS Digital for 2021/22 show almost 300 more staff abandoned midwifery than joined the service, with 3,440 leaving and only 3,144 coming in. Analysis of the data showed a record 551 resigned in 2021 because of a lack of work-life balance. Midwives working in NHS trust maternity units typically work 12-hour shifts, but many work longer for no additi
  2. Content Article
    Giving birth in England is considered very safe. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do more, and it doesn’t mean we should only look at mortality. There are other questions we need to be asking: What kind of start are we giving mothers? Do they feel safe giving birth? Do they feel safe in pregnancy? Do they feel safe in those first few weeks and months looking after that tiny new person? Motherhood is hard. Looking after mothers so that they can take good care of their babies makes good sense, so maybe looking after those who are caring for mothers makes good sense too? The Royal College
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    Key findings The report discusses the following key findings, as reported by Muslim women who took part in the research: 1. Poorer experiences during the intrapartum and postnatal periods 2. Hierarchy in bias and invisibility of certain ethnic groups 3. Women denied choice 4. Substandard miscarriage care 5. Antenatal information not accessible 6. Gaps in the quality of antenatal care 7. Women not listened to 8. Lack of compassion, respect and dignity 9. Cultural competence gap 10. Antenatal care not personalised according to risk 11. Poor management of labour and b
  4. Content Article
    Survey questions include requests for feedback on specific proposals and opportunities for wider thoughts and comment on the subject. You can read the NMC's full public consultation document before completing the survey. The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete and is open until 23.59 pm on 12 August 2022.
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    The APPGs are inviting individuals and organisations to submit written evidence which addresses the following questions: To what extent are maternity services affected by staffing shortages? What are the principal factors that are causing staffing shortages? What impact are staffing shortages having on the quality and/or safety of antenatal care? What impact are staffing shortages having on the quality and/or safety of labour and birth? What impact are staffing shortages having on the quality and/or safety of postnatal care? What impact are staffing shorta
  6. News Article
    The language used around childbirth should be less judgemental and more personal, a report led by midwives has found. Most women consulted said terms such as "normal birth" should not be used, it says. The report recommends asking pregnant women what language feels right for them. Maternity care has been under the spotlight after a recent review found failures had led to baby deaths. The new guidance "puts women's choices at its heart, so that they are in the driving seat when it comes to how their labour and birth are described", Royal College of Midwives chief executive G
  7. News Article
    More than 27,000 nurses and midwives quit the NHS last year, with many blaming job pressures, the Covid pandemic and poor patient care for their decision. The rise in staff leaving their posts across the UK – the first in four years – has prompted concern that frontline workers are under too much strain, especially with the NHS-wide shortage of nurses. New figures show the NHS is also becoming more reliant on nurses and midwives trained overseas as domestic recruitment remains stubbornly low. In a report on Wednesday, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) discloses that the nu
  8. News Article
    Three Senegalese midwives involved in the death of a woman in labour have been found guilty of not assisting someone in danger. They received six-month suspended sentences, after Astou Sokhna died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean. Her unborn child also died. Three other midwives who were also on trial were not found guilty The case caused a national outcry with President Macky Sall ordering an investigation. Mrs Sokhna was in her 30s when she passed away at a hospital in the northern town of Louga. During her reported 20-hour labour ordeal, her pleas to doctors to c
  9. News Article
    Ms. Martinez is a midwifery student in Tulancingo, Mexico, working in an underserved community. “There is a health care house, but there are no permanent staff,” she explained. “In my community there are many youth pregnancies, and there are no dedicated health staff who could care for women or take care of teenagers.” This shortage is partly due to a widely held misconception that midwifery is an antiquated profession, she indicated. “I met with doctors and nurses who questioned me: Why was I studying this midwife career? They didn't see room for that.” Thursday is the International
  10. Content Article
    The report highlights specific threats to health for pregnant women and new mothers with young children, for example: stress and poor nutrition affecting the growth of an unborn baby and subsequent difficulties breastfeeding swelling and skin conditions from having to wash clothes by hand pelvic pain from climbing multiple flights of stairs health impacts such as rashes and asthma in young children that had resulted from poor housing conditions, including damp. It also draws attention to serious failings where policies in place to promote and protect maternal he
  11. News Article
    NHS bosses have written to hospitals telling them to stop using language that implies a bias against caesarean sections when advertising jobs in maternity services. A recent report into an NHS maternity scandal found that a focus on “normal birth” had played a key role in babies dying or being born disabled. Women at the Shrewsbury and Telford trust were forced to undergo traumatic natural births when they should have been offered surgical intervention. However, even since its publication, trusts have published job adverts looking for a member of staff “to help us promote normality”
  12. News Article
    There has been a dramatic fall in morale among midwives across multiple measures within the NHS staff survey. Although general morale deteriorated among most staffing groups in 2021, the results for midwives across numerous key measures have worsened to a far greater degree than average. It comes amid the final Ockenden report into the maternity care scandal at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, which raised serious concerns about short staffing and people wanting to leave the profession. The survey results, published on 31 March, suggest 52% of midwives are thinking about
  13. News Article
    Mums who have given birth at Sheffield's largest maternity unit have revealed all about the "horrible" conditions, with some parents saying they feared for their baby's lives. One mum - a midwife herself - was so concerned about her unborn baby's welfare that she and her partner temporarily moved to London just weeks before her due date. "I felt like my son and I might have died if we had the pregnancy in Sheffield," she said. Several mums have spoken to Yorkshire Live about their stories after a scathing report uncovered the scale of the issues on the Jessop Wing. CQC inspectors hig
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