Tag: midwifery

Regulation threatens women’s rights

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council has been deemed to be acting irresponsibly by denying choice to women and “directly jeopardi[sing] the health and safety of the women it is supposed to safeguard”. On January 13th 2017, the independent midwifery…

“Get those consumers out of the bushes”

When midwife Susanne Houd was interviewed about the history of home birth in Denmark, she shared her thoughts on how to bring about change.. “The consumers need to get together and get visible. That is really the number one thing.…

A much needed revolution

“Centralisation, standardisation and market economics have been the dominant concepts in maternity care over recent years. Organisationally, NHS maternity care has been centralised into large units based on an industrial model where care is highly fragmented. Standardisation of services is…

The importance of everyday birth wisdom

I love research papers that tell me things I already know. I especially love those that tell me things I already know about everyday midwifery practice that I don’t think about on a daily basis but which, when I read…

Midwives, resilience and sustainability

A discussion paper on sustainability and resilience in midwifery has highlighted the importance of self-care, self-determination, relationship and passion in midwifery (Crowther et al 2016). The research was led by a team of authors who have worked on past and…

Staffing shortages and the culture of midwifery

“Midwives fear that the deep-seated culture of their profession is under threat. A main source of this threat is the overall and ongoing context of economic stringencies that increasingly impact on their working conditions. This is exacerbated by regulatory and…