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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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”
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. News Article
    Hospital inspectors have uncovered repeated maternity failings and expressed serious concern about the safety of mothers and babies in Sheffield just days after a damning report warned there had been hundreds of avoidable baby deaths in Shrewsbury. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS foundation trust, one of the largest NHS trusts in England, had failed to make the required improvements to services when it visited in October and November, despite receiving previous warnings from the watchdog. As well as concerns across the wider trust, a focused i
  7. News Article
    A policy ‘at the heart’ of NHS England’s efforts to improve maternity care is under question after being sharply criticised by an independent inquiry, and is the subject of major tensions within NHSE and midwifery, HSJ understands. The Ockenden report into major care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust included 15 “immediate actions” for all maternity services in England, which government has accepted and said it would begin implementation. However, one of these relates to the “continuity of carer” model, which NHS England has championed since 2017, when it was describe
  8. News Article
    A shortage of more than 2,000 midwives means women and babies will remain at risk of unsafe care in the NHS despite an inquiry into the biggest maternity scandal in its history, health leaders have warned. A landmark review of Shrewsbury and Telford hospital NHS trust, led by the maternity expert Donna Ockenden, will publish its final findings on Wednesday with significant implications for maternity care across the UK. The inquiry, which has examined more than 1,800 cases over two decades, is expected to conclude that hundreds of babies died or were seriously disabled because of mist
  9. Content Article
    This briefing contains information on: Personalised Care and Support Plans (PCSP) Informed decision making and informed consent Duty of care Midwifery and human rights The wider context It also includes 12 key recommendations.
  10. News Article
    Pregnant women with suspected pre-eclampsia will now be offered a test on the NHS to detect the condition. Pre-eclampsia affects some women, usually during the second half of pregnancy or soon after their baby is born. It can lead to serious complications if it is not picked up during maternity appointments, with early signs including high blood pressure and protein in the urine. In some cases, women can develop a severe headache, vision problems such as blurring or flashing, pain just below the ribs, swelling and vomiting. Tests have been available to help rule out the con
  11. News Article
    Women and NHS staff have warned that mothers are being “forgotten” after giving birth, with a staff crisis only making matters worse. Kate, a 32-year-old from Leeds, says she has been left in “excruciating” pain for nine years after horrifying postnatal care. Other women have told The Independent stories of care ranging from “disjointed” to “disastrous”. It comes as midwives warn there are “horrendous” shortages in community services, which have prevented women from accessing adequate antenatal and postnatal care. Mary Ross-Davie, the Royal College of Midwives’ director for
  12. News Article
    The parents of a baby boy who lived for just 27 minutes have told an inquest they were "completely dismissed" throughout labour. Archie Batten died on 1 September 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent. His inquest began on Monday at Maidstone Coroner's Court. The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has already admitted liability and apologised for Archie's death. The coroner heard Archie's mother Rachel Higgs was frustrated at being turned away from the maternity unit in the morning, when she had gone to complain of vomitin
  13. News Article
    A midwife found guilty of misconduct over the death of a baby six years ago is to be struck off. Claire Roberts was investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for failures in the care she gave to Pippa Griffiths - who died a day after being born at home in Myddle, Shropshire. An independent disciplinary panel described the midwife as "a danger to patients and colleagues". Ms Roberts and fellow midwife Joanna Young failed to realise the "urgency" of medical attention needed, following the birth, the panel said. They had failed to carry out a triage assessment, after
  14. News Article
    Midwife-supported homebirths will not be re-introduced in Guernsey after their suspension due to coronavirus. The committee for health and social care explained it is difficult for a small team to accommodate the births. It said that if the service was reinstated, it may impact deliveries on Loveridge Ward in Princess Elizabeth Hospital. A spokesperson said they were "very sorry" to parents who wanted to give birth at home. The committee said homebirths rely on a demanding on-call commitment from community midwives on top of their contracted hours. To facilitate a birth at
  15. Event
    The Royal College of Midwives education and research conference 2022 - Ensuring every voice is heard: promoting inclusivity in education, research and midwifery care This exciting annual conference is aimed at all those involved or interested in midwifery education and research and the overall theme is promoting inclusivity in research and education. The conference is free for RCM members and £75 plus an admin fee for non-RCM members. The objectives of the conference are to: Give a platform to midwifery researchers and educators to highlight their work and spread unders
  16. Event
    All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to make every contact count in informing and encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19. On 2 March Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwife for England, is hosting a second masterclass for midwives and other interested NHS professionals, to give objective advice on vaccination, based on the best available evidence. Join national experts from the UKHSA, MHRA, NHSEI, RCM and more for talks on: the risks of Covid-19 infection in pregnancy. the science behind vaccination; common questions and concern