Maternity: Reports

  • Website Management of Neonates With Suspected or Proven Early-Onset Bacterial Sepsis
    With improved obstetrical management and evidence-based use of intrapartum antimicrobial therapy, early-onset neonatal sepsis is becoming less frequent. However, early-onset sepsis remains one of the most common causes o ...

    Publisher: Pediatrics
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Streptococcus B in pregnancy: to screen or not to screen?
    The media are pushing for universal screening of pregnant women for group B streptococcus and treatment with antibiotics, but their stories often don’t mention the potential harms,

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Creating an ethical environment for parents and health providers dealing with the treatment dilemmas of neonates at the edge of viability
    Parents who deliver an infant on the edge of viability are often poorly prepared for the many ethical decisions that will confront them

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Resuscitation of the term and preterm infant
    The vast majority of newborn infants make the transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life uneventfully, however there are a significant number who do require some assistance to make this transition. The unique phys ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Temperature monitoring and control in the newborn baby
    The importance of keeping the newborn baby warm has been known for centuries but worldwide in the 21st century hypothermia remains a major contributor to neonatal mortality. Although less of a problem in high income coun ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Managed clinical networks in neonatal care
    Reduces morbidity after preterm births but regionalisation of obstetric care is key

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Infant milks in the UK: a practical guide for health professionals
    This updated report aimed at health professionals provides information on the composition of infant milks available for sale in the UK and summarises some of the key issues related to the artificial feeding of infants.

    Publisher: First Steps Nutrition Trust
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Determining the optimal newborn screening protocol for cystic fibrosis
    There is more published research examining newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) than for any other condition. Overall, the evidence for clinical benefit supports this strategy in an appropriate population wit ...

    Publisher: Thorax
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Policy+ Issue 34: Is it time to set minimum nurse staffing levels in English hospitals?
    Increasing economic pressures on healthcare systems raise concerns about how workforce cuts and reconfigurations may affect quality. Currently there are no centrally set minimum staffing levels for National Health Servic ...

    Publisher: Kings College London
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website How to encourage a woman to remain active in labour
    According to this article, there are significant benefits to remaining active during labour. The article describes these benefits and the ‘dry land’ positions women can adopt to maximise the opportunity of achieving them ...

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Mentor mothers to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV
    Obstetrician Mitch Besser realised that there were some challenges in his work to prevent mothers with HIV infection from passing the virus to their babies that would be difficult to overcome.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website The professionalising of breast feeding—Where are we a decade on?
    This paper is an empirically informed opinion piece revisiting an argument published in Midwifery 10 years ago, that the increasing professionalisation of breast feeding was not supporting women in Australia in sustainin ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Twins and multiples healthcare survey: making progress
    This report highlights the need for improvements in maternity antenatal care for women having twins, triplets or more. It calls for more flexibility around ward visiting for partners; more consistent advice and encourage ...

    Publisher: TAMBA - The Twin and Multiple Birth Association
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Unforeseen consequences of the increasing rate of cesarean deliveries: early placenta accreta and cesarean scar pregnancy. A review
    This review concentrates upon two consequences of cesarean deliveries that may occur in a subsequent pregnancy.

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Noninvasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy–ready for prime time?
    Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis using cell-free fetal DNA in the maternal plasma is moving into routine clinical practice for some indications. Here the authors discuss exciting developments in noninvasive prenatal diagno ...

    Publisher: AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website The paradox of choice in maternity care
    Current policy advocates choice and control for women within maternity care and promotes women as active childbirth consumers and decision-makers (DH, 2007; DH, 2004) This model equates choice to increased quality of exp ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website CADTH Rapid Response Report: Second hand smoke and pregnant women
    This Rapid Response Report from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) reviews the clinical evidence regarding the effect of second hand smoke on the health of pregnant women and their unborn ch ...

    Publisher: National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Can hormones in breastfeeding protect against postnatal depression?
    The benefits of breastfeeding are widely accepted; however, one of the likely advantages of breastfeeding is often overlooked: breastfeeding may help protect against postnatal depression.

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery (BJM)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Critical review of the literature: Parental grief after the loss of a multiple
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses are commonly responsible for the care of multiple birth families who are experiencing the unique paradox of grieving for one infant while simultaneously hoping for and attaching ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website RCM: The age of virtual learning
    In this article, the winner of innovation in midwifery at the RCM 2012 awards, reveals how she set up an online midwifery unit to help students with role-play exercises.

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Outcomes of late preterm birth: who is at risk and for what?
    Studies of outcomes of late preterm (LP) birth, defined as delivery at 32 to 36 6/7 weeks' gestational age (GA), have implications for the largest and fastest growing segment of the preterm population. Neonatal mortality ...

    Publisher: AJOG American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Preventing babies’ deaths: what needs to be done
    Report highlighting how the Stillbirth and neonatal death charity (Sands) believes that up to 1,200 babies lives could be saved each year through a combination of more research, better care, and a greater awareness of st ...

    Publisher: Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Place of birth in England: Still a contentious issue?
    Numerous publication space has been devoted during recent years to the on-going debate about the relative benefits and risks of giving birth in different settings, including hospital, alongside or free-standing birth cen ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Overview of anesthetic considerations for Cesarean delivery
    Physiologic changes of pregnancy uniquely influence anesthesia for Cesarean delivery. Included is a review of current obstetrical anesthesia considerations for Cesarean delivery and recent changes improving maternal care ...

    Publisher: British Medical Bulletin
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website To meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse: abortion, birth and mental health
    Two recent meta-analyses claim that abortion leads to a deterioration in mental health. Previous reviews concluded that the mental health outcomes following an unwanted pregnancy are much the same whether the woman gives ...

    Publisher: The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJP)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Supervision, support and safety: NMC quality assurance of the LSAs 2010-2011
    Report on the statutory supervision of midwives in the UK containing the analysis of the annual report received from every local supervising authority (LSA) in the UK for the practice year 2010-2011. LSAs are impartial ...

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Failing to prevent birth defects caused by maternal diabetes mellitus
    We are failing to prevent birth defects caused by preexisting maternal diabetes mellitus!

    Publisher: AJOG American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website DH: Genetics/Genomics in Nursing and Midwifery
    The atttached report has been produced to assist the Nursing & Midwifery Professional Advisory Board in identifying issues and potential solutions concerning the future of genetics/genomics for the nursing and midwif ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Neonatal nursing in Scotland
    There are four aspects of Scottish neonatal nursing discussed in this article. Firstly, the organisation of neonatal units and the development of Managed Clinical Networks are explained. Secondly the design and function ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Inadequate vitamin D status in pregnancy: evidence for supplementation
    The role of vitamin D in maintaining a healthy pregnancy has seen emerging interest among clinicians and researchers in recent years. The functions of this hormone are widespread and complex, and during pregnancy and bre ...

    Publisher: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Managing infants who cry excessively in the first few months of life (clinical review)
    Community cohort studies report that a fifth of parents say that their otherwise healthy baby has cry-fuss problems at two months of age.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Making the case for universal childcare
    This paper makes the economic case for universal childcare for preschool-aged children. High-quality early years provision delivers a net financial return to the Treasury as well as delivering better outcomes for childre ...

    Publisher: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Parents’ experiences of neonatal care:a report on the findings from a national survey
    National survey highlights shortcomings in neonatal care and finds parents not given enough information about their baby’s condition and treatment

    Publisher: Picker Institute Europe
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The case for change: supporting neonatal services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
    Reviewing the designation of neonatal services can be an emotionally challenging prospect. It can be difficult to change the case mix of a unit and is often seen as a negative by parents and healthcare professionals who ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The feasibility and insurability of independent midwifery in England report
    This report concerns the current unavailability of personal indemnity (PI) insurance for 'independent midwives' to meet the requirements of EU Directive (2011/24/EU) which makes insurance compulsory and a proposal for ma ...

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website State of maternity services report
    The Royal College of Midwives has released its first State of Maternity Services report. The report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in each of the fo ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Recent changes to UK newborn resuscitation guidelines
    The new UK newborn resuscitation guidelines were published online on the 18th of October 20101 simultaneously with the European guidelines.2 Both are based upon evidence derived from a critical evaluation of relevant sci ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Multiples in the newborn intensive care unit: parents' and nurses' perspectives
    This article reviews the literature pertaining to multiple births and will consider and explore some of the key issues specifically related to higher order multiple (HOM) births from both parent and nursing perspectives. ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Safe practice in labor and delivery: intrapartum nursing caring of multiples
    Labor and delivery units are similar to emergency departments in health care facilities; one never knows who will walk through the door. Being prepared for the unexpected is critical to positive neonatal and maternal out ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Breastfeeding multiples: it can be done
    The aim of this article is to address those issues that hinder a mother's desire to breastfeed her twins, triplets, or even quadruplets. The numerous benefits of breastfeeding are elucidated together with guidelines for ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Bringing multiples home
    Bringing multiples home differs from bringing home a single newborn. Mothers have experienced a more challenging pregnancy; a multiples pregnancy often results in a preterm delivery. As a result, bringing multiples home ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Infant gender, shared sleeping and sudden death
    The aim of the researchers was to determine whether there is a gender imbalance in infant deaths in shared sleeping compared to solitary sleeping situations. They examined autopsy reports of 133 infants aged between 7 an ...

    Publisher: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Depression during pregnancy
    This Journal feature begins with a case vignette highlighting a common clinical problem. Evidence supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines, when they exist. The article e ...

    Publisher: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Optimal “work-up” of stillbirth: evidence!
    Stillbirth is one of the most devastating, as well as common, obstetric complications, affecting over 3 million pregnancies per year throughout the world. Definitions of stillbirth (and thus stillbirth rates) vary in dif ...

    Publisher: AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Fetal risk from ACE inhibitors in the first trimester
    As in the general population, management of hypertension in pregnant women is complicated by factors that may be difficult to control (such as diabetes, obesity, and smoking). However, the choice of antihypertensive drug ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Cuts to the neonatal nursing workforce
    Cuts to frontline nursing staff are putting the lives of England’s sickest babies at risk according to a Bliss survey carried out in July 2011 of all England’s neonatal units has found. A summary of the survey results an ...

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website United but divided? The need to consider the potential consequences of devolved UK government on midwifery education and practice
    The health policy setting in which midwives practice is rapidly changing as the philosophy, structure and funding of the NHS across the four countries of the UK becomes increasingly diverse.

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Suffering in silence: 70,000 reasons why help with postnatal depression has to be better
    This report presents new research from 4Children that shows that many families are suffering the consequences of postnatal depression in silence; that if and when they do seek help mothers are not getting the swift acces ...

    Publisher: 4Children
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Should the use of probiotics in the preterm be routine?
    Does the clinical trials' evidence of benefit justify the routine use of probiotics in the preterm infant? There are many uncertainties surrounding the use of probiotics in the preterm, including the mechanism(s) of acti ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Decision to incision: time to reconsider
    The fifth edition of Standards for Obstetrics and Gynecology published in 1982 stated that, “An obstetric service that generally cares for high-risk patients should be staffed and equipped to handle emergencies and to be ...

    Publisher: AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Current challenges in pediatric nutrition
    In pediatric nutrition the most important overall theme is breastfeeding. While there is no alternative in most mammals—and offspring would die if the mother had no milk or could not feed the newborn—human mothers were o ...

    Publisher: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Benefits from longer breastfeeding: do we need to revise the recommendations?
    The evidence is well established that breastfeeding results in a reduction of certain health risks. Debate has arisen, however, about the optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding. This journal article looks at the iss ...

    Publisher: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website CADTH Rapid Response Report: Peripartum pain management - safety and guidelines
    This Rapid Response Report from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) on peripartum pain management addresses the following research questions 1. What is the clinical evidence regarding the ...

    Publisher: National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Exercise during pregnancy
    With the start of the London 2012 Olympics less than a year away, athletes such as Paula Radcliffe and the Canadian heptathlete, Jessica Zelinka, remind us that it is possible not only to return to world class competitio ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Policy and pragmatism in breast feeding
    The optimal duration of exclusive breast feeding is a subject of continuing debate. Most recently Fewtrell and colleagues have challenged the evidence underpinning the 2002 World Health Assembly endorsement of the recomm ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website What is meant by one-to-one support in labour: analysing the concept
    The term one-to-one support in labour is used in a range of research reports and policy documents internationally without a clear consensus on definition. The aim of this paper is to examine the variety of meanings and t ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Baby friendly initiative: Reasons to be cheerful (and to keep up the good work)
    Article by the Director of the Baby Friendly Initiative Programme in this month's edition of 'The Practising Midwife'. The article looks at the work that has gone into improving breastfeeding initiation rates in the UK a ...

    Publisher: The Practising Midwife
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The first 1000 days: a legacy for life (audio)
    Could adult health be determined by our environment and nutrition in the first thousand days of life, or even many years earlier? In this three part series on BBC Radio 4, Dr Mark Porter investigates. A strong body of sc ...

    Publisher: BBC Radio 4
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on the management of cardiovascular diseases during pregnancy
    Guidelines summarize and evaluate all available evidence, at the time of the writing process, on a particular issue with the aim of assisting physicians in selecting the best management strategies for an individual patie ...

    Publisher: European Heart Journal
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Electronic fetal heart rate monitoring: applying principles of patient safety
    This journal article describes a standardized, simplified approach to EFM definition, interpretation and management that is evidence-based and reflects consensus in the literature

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The nine months that made you (video)
    This BBC Horizon programme examines how the nine months you spend in the womb could have more lasting effects than lifestyle or genes. It looks at how the theory of Professor David Barker has inspired a field of study th ...

    Publisher: BBC Two - Horizon
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Following the diagnosis of neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy: a family-centered approach
    It was a perfect pregnancy: a little nausea in the first trimester with some fatigue, then a smooth second trimester including negative gestational diabetes workup and normal ultrasounds, and finally, the home stretch, a ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Knowledge for neonatal nursing practice: A self-directed learning programme
    This article discusses the project plan following the Neonatal Nurses Association/Dräger Education Scholarship award to the author in 2009. The proposal is for the development of a Learning tool: ‘Knowledge for Neonatal ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Local Supervising Authority (LSA) Annual Report to the Nursing and Midwifery Council 2010-2011 (Wales)
    Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) published (Tuesday 16 August 2011) its third Local Supervising Authority (LSA) Annual Report on the Statutory Supervision of Midwives in Wales. HIW took on the role of the Local Sup ...

    Publisher: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Maternal mortality in the UK and the need for obstetric physicians
    Most deaths are now caused by preventable or treatable medical conditions

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Unplanned and assisted conception pregnancies
    High prevalence of unplanned pregnancy warrants primary and secondary prevention efforts

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Chronic hypertension in pregnancy
    This Journal feature begins with a case vignette highlighting a common clinical problem. Evidence supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines, when they exist. The article e ...

    Publisher: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website A Panoramic view of staff shortfalls
    The difficulties faced by maternity services in providing a high level of care in labour have been put under the spotlight following an investigation by BBC Panorama. With maternity services in the UK grappling with the ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The impact of exhaustion on Step 6 of the Baby Friendly Initiative
    Maternal tiredness can be a significant factor in the choices women make about exclusively breastfeeding. Using a variety of viewpoints known as a patchwork text, elements of maternal exhaustion have been explored to bet ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Substance-misusing women: Stigma in the maternity setting
    This article examines the reproduction of stigma in maternity services by exploring the workplace discourse of antenatal staff in three hospital trusts.

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Clinical Practice Facilitator: A new role to support mentors and students
    This article illuminates the role of the midwifery Clinical Practice Facilitator (CPF) which is currently unique to London trusts and universities.

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Breastfeeding as obesity prevention
    Deciding to breastfeed your baby benefits both you and your baby. There are many health benefits to your child from breastfeeding, including prevention of infections such as ear infections, diarrhea, and other bacterial ...

    Publisher: Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Cracking GDM controversy
    A lack of knowledge about treating gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) can often cause frustration among women and midwives. In this Midwives magazine article, a midwife practitioner at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, lo ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Picking and choosing
    Triage has been used successfully to manage admissions on emergency wards for years, but could the service work on a labour ward? This article reports on the success of Plymouth maternity unit’s pilot project, which was ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website A practical solution to combining dating and screening for Down's syndrome
    The offer of combined Down's syndrome screening to all pregnant women in England requires accurate estimation of gestational age. The guidance issued by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) in 2009 recommends da ...

    Publisher: BMUS Ultrasound
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website High quality women’s health care: a proposal for change
    This report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, (RCOG) looks at how NHS women’s health services could be configured to provide high quality, safe and timely care. Against a backdrop of NHS reform, f ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Workforce risks and opportunities: nursing and midwifery
    This report reviews the key workforce risks and opportunities within the nursing and midwifery workforce in 2011 and beyond. The purpose of this project is to provide an assessment of current workforce issues and potenti ...

    Publisher: Centre for Workforce Intelligence
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Improving maternal and infant health and care: at admission in labour and promoting attachment and breastfeeding in neonatal units. Evidence into practice consultations
    A report of region-wide consultations in Yorkshire and the Humber which can be used in a number of different ways including: The basis of planned practice and service development, to inform education and training, and ...

    Publisher: University of York
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Guide for commissioners of children's, young people's and maternal health and wellbeing services
    To support health commissioners, NHS North West has developed a guide which identifies what the most important child health issues are in the region, and what can be done to improve outcomes. The Guide has been produced ...

    Publisher: NHS North West
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Preventing Low Birthweight: 25 years, prenatal risk, and the failure to reinvent prenatal care
    In 2010, Preventing Low Birthweight celebrated it 25th anniversary. The report, one of the most influential policy statements ever issued regarding obstetric health care delivery, linked prenatal care to a reduction in l ...

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The state of the world's midwifery 2011: delivering health, saving lives
    Increasing women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is assessing the situ ...

    Publisher: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Milk sharing: from private practice to public pursuit
    After only six months, a commerce-free internet-based milk-sharing model is operating in nearly 50 countries, connecting mothers who are able to donate breast milk with the caregivers of babies who need breast milk.

    Publisher: International Breastfeeding Journal
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the development of chronic disease in later life
    TheSubgroup on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) reviewed the evidence that early life nutrition exerts long-term effects and influences the risk of chronic disease in adulthood, bringing together findings from both ob ...

    Publisher: Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
    Nausea and vomiting are the most common symptoms of pregnancy. As a result many medical practitioners will encounter this problem and should be familiar with the appropriate investigations and current treatment options.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website How clinically driven antenatal care can deliver better value maternity services
    Evidence based care employed at a maternity unit delivered better value services and enabled more women to meet with their consultant.

    Publisher: Health Service Journal (HSJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Breastfeeding: working together
    The NHS landscape is changing, but the importance of women and midwives working collaboratively to support breastfeeding remains, as Francesca Entwistle, Mary Renfrew, Alison Baum, Sue Ashmore and Janet Fyle explore.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Prevention is the best cure
    Midwives’ work puts them in regular contact with families, meaning they are ideally placed to encourage the uptake of immunisations. Kathryn Higham takes a look at a new resource that can provide further information arou ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy (Clinical review)
    A BMJ clinical review summarising the causes, diagnosis, treatment and management of ectopic pregnancy and recommendations from clinical guidelines.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Midwives count: Achieving effective use of a scarce resource
    Shortages and maldistribution of human resources for health (HRH) have been firmly on the global agenda since the middle of the last decade, and in recent months midwives have taken their rightful place at the front and ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website A perspective on SIDS pathogenesis. The hypotheses: plausibility and evidence
    Several theories of the underlying mechanisms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have been proposed. These theories have born relatively narrow beach-head research programs attracting generous research funding sustai ...

    Publisher: BMC Medicine
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Are we making progress in maternal mortality?
    The number of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth has decreased by more than a third globally since 1990, according to new estimates from the United Nations — from nearly 550,000 deaths in that year to roughly 3 ...

    Publisher: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths: the vision for 2020
    This final paper in the Stillbirths Series, calls for inclusion of stillbirth as a recognised outcome in all relevant international health reports and initiatives.

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Getting a life: work–life balance in obstetrics and gynaecology. Report of a working party
    This report, produced by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), provides useful, practical advice to obstetricians and gynaecologists on how to achieve work-life balance. It is important reading for cl ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The digital age: top breastfeeding resources (USA)
    The Surgeon General’s call to action mandates that health professionals do all they can to support breastfeeding mothers (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2011). This article focuses on the different types ...

    Publisher: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Working with young fathers in the Teenage Parent Supported Housing pilot project
    This article explores some of the ways in which the Teenage Parent Supported Housing (TPSH) pilot worked with young fathers. The TPSH pilot was one of a number of pilot projects enabling local authorities and their partn ...

    Publisher: Young People in Focus
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Guidance for withdrawal and withholding of intensive care as part of neonatal end-of-life care
    Introduction Advances in foetal medicine and neonatology have enabled increased antenatal diagnosis of life-limiting conditions and improved preterm survival, escalating the debate surrounding the ethics of neonatal end- ...

    Publisher: British Medical Bulletin
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Complexities and subtleties in the measurement and reporting of breastfeeding practices
    Monitoring of breastfeeding is vital. However infant feeding practices are difficult to assess at the population level. Although significant efforts have been made towards the consistent measurement and reporting of brea ...

    Publisher: International Breastfeeding Journal
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The effect of the developing role of the maternity support worker on the professional accountability of the midwife
    The recent rise in the number of maternity support workers (MSWs) in the United Kingdom (UK) has been welcomed by midwifery managers and supported by social policy surrounding improvements in maternity care. The training ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Advocacy organisations as partners in pre-eclampsia progress: patient involvement improves outcomes
    Optimal maternal and neonatal health requires the expertise of maternity-care providers who base their decisions on solid research. Optimal care, however, also requires active patient participation, which is best accompl ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths: the way forward in high-income countries
    Stillbirth rates in high-income countries declined dramatically from about 1940, but this decline has slowed or stalled over recent times. The present variation in stillbirth rates across and within high-income countries ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website RM+RM=better midwifery care. What do we know about associations between registered midwife staffing levels and better care for women?
    Growing research evidence suggests that there is a strong link between nurse staffing and patient outcomes in the acute sector. However, there is limited empirical evidence on the relationship between maternity staffing, ...

    Publisher: Kings College London
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies?
    The causes of stillbirths are inseparable from the causes of maternal and neonatal deaths. This report focuses on prevention of stillbirths by scale-up of care for mothers and babies at the health-system level, with cons ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The International Confederation of Midwives: global standards for midwifery education (2010) with companion guidelines
    A 2-year study was conducted to develop Global Standards for Midwifery Education in keeping with core documents of the International Confederation of Midwives. Elements of the standards were based on evidence available i ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Culturing expressed breast milk: a costly and (mostly) useless procedure (Editorial)
    There is little doubt that the preferred source of enteral nutrition for preterm infants in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) is mother's own milk...

    Publisher: Journal of Perinatology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Advising on travel during pregnancy
    As travel increases, the number of pregnant women who travel will probably rise. Women often ask if travel is safe in pregnancy and seek advice from a range of healthcare professionals.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Leading the way
    Gail Johnson and Phil Dale discuss the need for more midwives to realise their long-term career ambitions, and why it’s important to ensure they’re supported on the journey towards a leadership role.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website A first-class production
    In 2008, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust became the first to implement the ‘productive ward’ on its labour suites. Jennifer Ross and Linda Stevenson report on the progress made at the City campus.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website 12 bumps are better than one…
    Article looking at how a project developed by a US midwife - a model of antenatal care, known as Centering Pregnancy - has proved a major success in a London hospital.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Breaking through the barriers
    Despite efforts to prevent discrimination, many women with hearing difficulties have reported negative experiences of maternity services. Bernadette Gregory reveals how responding to feedback has resulted in improved com ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Sudden unexpected deaths in infancy part II: Recommendations for practice
    This paper reviews some of the strategies for preventing the risk of SUID’s from the perspective of the health care professional giving advice to mothers/families. The paper considers some lifestyle factors, environmenta ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Infant milks in the UK
    A report on the composition and monitoring of infant formula milks in the UK is available to download from the Caroline Walker Trust website. The report is of interest to health professionals supporting mothers and babie ...

    Publisher: Caroline Walker Trust
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Infant feeding in the 21st century
    The 21st century has brought about many advances and changes in infant feeding. These advances and changes include a renewed interest in breastfeeding (Department of Health and Human Services, 2010), new formula constitu ...

    Publisher: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Premature delivery influences the immunological composition of colostrum and transitional and mature human milk
    Human breast milk is the ideal nutrition for the newborn, and in addition to its nutritional contribution, necessary for infant growth and development, it contains various immune bioactive factors that confer some of the ...

    Publisher: Journal of Nutrition (JN)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Family planning as a cost-saving preventive health service
    Nearly half the pregnancies that occur each year in the United States are unintended, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In 2001, an estimated 3.1 million pregnancies were reportedly unwanted or mistimed, and by 45 y ...

    Publisher: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Electronic fetal monitoring: does it really lead to better outcomes?
    As an obstetrician, present at the dawn of intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), I had every expectation that EFM would improve perinatal outcomes and that these effects would be validated by robust clinical tri ...

    Publisher: AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Effective physician-nurse communication: a patient safety essential for labor and delivery
    Effective communication is a hallmark of safe patient care. Challenges to effective interprofessional communication in maternity care include differing professional perspectives on clinical management, steep hierarchies, ...

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths (Lancet series)
    Around 2.6 million stillbirths (the death of a baby at 28 weeks’ gestation or more) occur each year. Although 98% of these deaths take place in low-income and middle-income countries, stillbirths also continue to affect ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths: why they matter
    In this first paper of The Lancet's Stillbirths Series they explore the present status of stillbirths in the world—from global health policy to a survey of community perceptions in 135 countries. Their findings highlight ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirths: where? when? why? How to make the data count?
    Despite increasing attention and investment for maternal, neonatal, and child health, stillbirths remain invisible—not counted in the Millennium Development Goals, nor tracked by the UN, nor in the Global Burden of Disea ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Multidisciplinary palliative care in unborn and newborn babies
    Coordinated clinical care and psychological, spiritual, and social support must be provided throughout the process

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Parents' views on the maternity journey and early parenthood
    The research summary is available either as a PDF or as a set of Powerpoint slides for presentation purposes. It gives valuable insights from parents on pregnancy and early parenthood services - and how these might be i ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Parents at the centre
    The objective of this report is to understand why some parents who are entitled to use early years services don’t normally do so. It seems that despite a great deal of expansion and investment in early years provision ov ...

    Publisher: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Hospital Episode Statistics: Improving the quality and value of hospital data. Discussion document
    Safe and efficient patient care relies on high quality data but a serious lack of clinical engagement over the accuracy of hospital data has been a major concern among Royal Medical Colleges and Directors of Trusts. T ...

    Publisher: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended in the first 6 months of life for healthy term infants
    Breast milk is the natural first food for human babies; it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life. Although breastfeeding during the initial days of life has a signifi ...

    Publisher: Pediatrics & Neonatology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Assessment, surveillance and prognosis in pre-eclampsia
    The hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) remain one of the major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. Many international guidelines exist for the classification and assessment of women with hyperten ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Saving mothers' lives: reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer: 2006–2008
    Report on the confidential enquiry into maternal deaths.

    Publisher: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Diabetes: Criteria for the diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus—time for a change
    Landon and co-investigators call for a re-evaluation of current criteria for the diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus. Adverse maternal–fetal outcomes were observed at glucose levels below the current ...

    Publisher: Nature Reviews Endocrinology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Feeling right at home
    Thanks to the dedication of a highly skilled team, a fragmented home birth service has been transformed into a beacon of good practice. This article highlights the expereiences of Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Success in the city
    Florence Kanikasamy reports from Barkantine Birth Centre, the first standalone inner-city NHS birth centre to open in London, which was set up in December 2007 to enable the women of Tower Hamlets to have a choice.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website With a little help from our friends
    Feedback has become a buzzword, as well as a source of anxiety for many maternity services liaison committees (MSLC). East Kent MSLC has been trying to identify trends, signpost people to appropriate services – such as t ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website NHS staff survey 2010
    This is the eighth annual survey of NHS staff. The results help trusts to review and improve the work experiences of their staff so that they can provide better care to patients.

    Publisher: Care Quality Commission (CQC)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website BMJ review: Birth at the limit of viability
    Critique of a recent documentary that considers the cost and the ethics of caring for babies born at 23 weeks’ gestation.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Interpreting data on the health outcomes of extremely preterm babies (Journal editorial)
    The data presented by Rattihalli et al 1 on the evolution of health outcomes for babies born before 26 weeks gestation in the Trent region show rising survival rates (27–46%) between 1991–1993 and 2001–2003 accompanied b ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Working with young fathers in children’s centres
    New article on the Supporting Young Fathers Network website. It provides an exploration of how Children’s Centres engage with young fathers in practice and the key issues involved.

    Publisher: Young People in Focus
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website BBC: Warning over foetal alcohol syndrome (audio)
    Campaigners warn pregnant women that drinking alcohol can damage their child's learning ability and attention span.

    Publisher: BBC
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Fetal weight: how large is too large?
    The terms large for gestational age (LGA) and small for gestational age (SGA) are common to most obstetricians and refer to these growth aberrancies. With time, though, it eventually became clear that 1 set of growth par ...

    Publisher: AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Staffing in maternity units: Getting the right people in the right place at the right time
    Staffing in maternity units: getting the right people in the right place at the right time concludes that using midwives and other maternity staff more effectively is the key to improving maternity care. The report consi ...

    Publisher: The King’s Fund
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Postnatal depression services: an investigation into NHS service provision
    In this report, the Patients Association found that the vast majority of PCTs do not know the number of mothers suffering from PND in their area and are failing to provide information on PND to new mothers. In addition, ...

    Publisher: The Patients Association
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Early prediction and prevention of pre-eclampsia
    Pre-eclampsia remains an important cause of maternal and perinatal mortality. The ability to predict the most severe forms of pre-eclampsia would allow closer surveillance and earlier intervention to improve outcomes. Al ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Reconfiguring hospital services: Lessons from South East London
    Reconfiguring Hospital Services: Lessons from South East London considers whether reconfiguration of hospital services is an appropriate response to the need to drive up quality and drive down costs. Based on detailed an ...

    Publisher: The King’s Fund
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The parents of teenage parents
    This paper outlines findings from research relating to the role played by parents of young parents and points to issues it raises for practitioners who work in this area. It includes summaries of international research a ...

    Publisher: Young People in Focus
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Won't you stay the night?
    Ward manager at the Tangmere antenatal/postnatal ward at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester Karen Bennett reveals how they set a new precedent by allowing fathers to stay overnight at the hospital.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Action learning as a tool to prepare supervisors of midwives
    Supervision of midwives is a statutory responsibility which provides a mechanism to support and guide practising midwives. The preparation course to become a supervisor of midwives (SoM) at the University of Hertfordshir ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Saving Mothers’ Lives: Reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer: 2006–2008
    The Eighth Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom

    Publisher: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Recognizing risk at the first opportunity
    The potential consequences of overstretching and overworking midwives have been laid bare recently in an independent report from the West Midlands Perinatal Institute (2011).

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Family Relationships Quarterly: the newsletter of The Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
    This edition of the newsletter includes articles on strategies for communicating with young people, including dealing with issues such as competence, coercion and confidentiality; gender differences in romantic relations ...

    Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Pre-eclampsia: Risk factors and causal models
    Pre-eclampsia is a disease of many risk factors and theoretical speculations. It is, for unknown reasons, more prevalent among primiparous women. Some observations show that a change of sexual partner before the next pr ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Are perinatal deaths adequately scrutinised?
    In a BBC programme, File on Four, 1 the Manchester Coroner advocated a more consistent approach to the investigation of neonatal deaths and, to obtain a consistent view of what is happening, cited his own practice of req ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Epidemiology of pre-eclampsia and the other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
    Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy include chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia and chronic hypertension with superimposed pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia complicates about 3% of pregnancies, and a ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism: principles, policies and weighing the evidence
    Newborn screening for metabolic disorders has become a contentious issue. The aim of screening is to identify individuals at risk and start treatment before they become ill. To this end newborn screening programmes are w ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Advanced neonatal nurse practitioners in the workforce: a review of the evidence to date
    The last decade has seen dramatic changes in the working arrangements and training requirements of junior medical staff employed in neonatal units. As a result, there is a need for the professional roles in service provi ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Perinatal Mortality, Social Deprivation and Community Midwifery 2008-9
    NHS Perinatal Institute for maternal and child health in Birmingham published Perinatal Mortality Social Deprivation and Community Midwifery 2008-9 report. The report looks at the causes underlying perinatal mortality ...

    Publisher: Perinatal Institute
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The unsettled baby: how complexity science helps
    Although unsettled behaviour is a common problem in the first months of life, families complain that they receive conflicting advice from health professionals. A simplistic, biomedical approach may cause harm, because on ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Family policy: where next for parental leave and flexible working?
    In the light of the Coalition government’s announcement that it will launch a consultation paper outlining new proposals on flexible work and shared parental leave, this briefing considers the overall policy framework as ...

    Publisher: Institute for Public Policy Research
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Supervision, support and safety: Analysis of the 2009-2010 LSA annual reports to the NMC
    You can now download or order a copy of the LSA annual report, containing detailed analysis of the reports provided by local supervising authorities between 2009 and 2010. Containing information on supervision, policy ...

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Midwives Magazine: More hand-holding, less arm-twisting
    This article describes a project with the aim of tackling the cultural norm of bottle-feeding and increasing breastfeeding rates.

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Recommendation for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding examined
    A controversial new analysis suggests that introduction of solid foods before 6 months of age may reduce the risk of allergies and iron deficiency anemia compared with exclusive breastfeeding. The researchers suggest tha ...

    Publisher: Contemporary Pediatrics
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Stillbirth in diabetic pregnancies
    Pregnancy in women with pregestational diabetes is associated with high perinatal morbidity and mortality. Stillbirth accounts for the majority of cases with perinatal death. Intrauterine growth restriction, pre-eclampsi ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Diabetes and obesity in pregnancy
    An epidemic of obesity is affecting growing numbers of women in their childbearing years increasing their risk of obstetric complications including diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, some malformations, macrosomia an ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Clegg's paternity plan: a small step forward
    This article, which first appeared in the New Statesman, suggests that to encourage more men to care for children, the Coalition must first tackle the gender pay gap.

    Publisher: Institute for Public Policy Research
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Babies born after diabetes in pregnancy: what are the short- and long-term risks and how can we minimise them?
    Despite improvements in services for people with diabetes and an increased focus on care of diabetes in pregnancy, there has been no significant reduction in neonatal complications after pregnancy complicated by maternal ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The Home Front: : “It is time to be honest about what good parenting involves…”
    Parenting is increasingly important in public policy. A growing evidence base confirms our intuitions: parents play a key role in shaping children’s life chances. But socioeconomic and environmental circumstances can sha ...

    Publisher: DEMOS
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website BMJ: Six months of exclusive breast feeding: how good is the evidence?
    The recommendation that UK mothers should exclusively breast feed for six months is a controversial area in infant nutrition. Mary Fewtrell and colleagues review the evidence and ask if the time is right for reappraisal ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Families in an age of austerity – how tax and benefit reform will affect UK families
    FRESH analysis of the government's raft of economic cuts identifies families with new babies as among those hardest hit by the cuts package.

    Publisher: Family and Parenting Institute
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Evaluation of suspected congenital heart disease
    Congenital heart disease still accounts for significant morbidity and mortality, despite major advances in diagnosis and management. It predominantly manifests in the neonatal period and early infancy. Presentation ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The value of the neonatal hearing screen
    Newborn hearing screening is now a core NHS service and with a current yield of 5764 deaf babies it has been a remarkable achievement. It is premature to evaluate longer-term outcomes from the screen, but the eventual wo ...

    Publisher: Paediatrics and Child Health
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Alcohol, drugs and medication in pregnancy: the long term outcome for the child
    This book documents the consequences of the exposure of infants to the influence of intrauterine chemicals. In setting out the evidence for these outcomes, the authors demonstrate that decisions about care and management ...

    Publisher: Wiley
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Taking the lead
    Midwives Magazine: Macclesfield District General Hospital’s supervisor of midwives shares her experience of midwifery-led care and offers a reminder that greater autonomy means more accountability.

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website The changing epidemiology of congenital heart disease
    Congenital heart disease is the most common congenital disorder in newborns. Advances in cardiovascular medicine and surgery have enabled most patients to reach adulthood. Unfortunately, prolonged survival has been achie ...

    Publisher: Nature Reviews Cardiology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Getting better? Improving outcomes for children and young people: research messages for the health service
    This briefing has been prepared to highlight the key research messages from The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s services (C4EO) for commissioners and providers of health services for chi ...

    Publisher: C4EO, Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Current debate on the use of antibiotic prophylaxis for caesarean section
    Caesarean delivery is frequently complicated by surgical site infections, endometritis and urinary tract infection. Most surgical site infections occur after discharge from the hospital, and are increasingly being used a ...

    Publisher: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Pre-pregnancy and pregnancy predictors of obesity
    Obesity has progressively become a global epidemic that constitutes one of the biggest current health problems worldwide. Pregnancy is a risk factor for excessive weight gain. Factors that may predict development of obes ...

    Publisher: International Journal of Obesity
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group final report
    TPIAG warns that teenage pregnancy rates will rise again if central government and local areas don’t prioritise the issue and invest in contraception and sex and relationships education.

    Publisher: Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group (TPIAG)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website NHS Choices: Early work on baby screening blood test
    According to a recent press article, scientists have developed a blood test which could predict an unborn baby's risk of conditions such as Down's syndrome and autism. This “behind the headlines” report examines the evi ...

    Publisher: NHS Choices
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Maternal obesity in the UK: findings from a national project
    This major national study, which collected information from every maternity unit in the UK, has revealed for the first time the prevalence of severe maternal obesity (body mass index 35+) in the UK. The report also detai ...

    Publisher: Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Maternity services 2010
    This survey looked at women’s experiences of maternity care in England.

    Publisher: Care Quality Commission (CQC)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Carbamazepine in pregnancy (Editorial)
    Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder seen in pregnant women. It often needs drug treatment, and it causes complications in about 0.25% of all pregnancies.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Scratching the surface
    In this article the manager of a self-harm training organisation looks at reasons behind self-harming behaviour and what midwives can do to help pregnant women who deliberately injure themselves.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Supporting young parents
    CAFCA Practice sheets are brief, evidence-informed resources that provide an overview of a specific practice issue and practice considerations to help practitioners reflect upon specific issues. This CAFCA Practice Sheet ...

    Publisher: Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia (CAFCA)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website NHS Choices: Paracetamol asthma link 'uncertain'
    This "behind the headlines" report looks at the evidence behind recent press articles which asserted that children given paracetamol before the age of 15 months were more likely to suffer from allergies by the age of six ...

    Publisher: NHS Choices
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Preconception care for women with diabetes: is it effective and who should provide it?
    The association between hyperglycaemia and congenital malformations was first recognised over 40 years ago and was followed by the development of preconception clinics for women with diabetes. A fresh look at preconcepti ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Smoking in pregnancy: comparisons between data from the Infant Feeding Survey 2000 and 2005
    The aim of this study was to compare the smoking-related findings of the 2005 Infant Feeding Survey with that of 2000 in order to identify health improvement and health challenges. The researchers found that while health ...

    Publisher: Evidence Based Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Statistical release: breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks
    There is clear evidence that breastfeeding has positive health benefits for both mother and baby in the short and long term. The prevalence of breastfeeding at six to eight weeks is one of the indicators of child health ...

    Publisher: Depatment of Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website National Maternity Survey 2010
    A 2010 survey was carried out earlier this year by NPEU between. More than 5000 women who had recently given birth responded to a questionnaire about their experience of care during pregnancy, labour and birth and the ea ...

    Publisher: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website A growing problem: Does weight matter in pregnancy?
    A new survey on maternal obesity has revealed critical gaps in the advice women are receiving about weight management and healthy eating. The survey of more than 6,000 mothers was carried out by the RCM and Netmums. The ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Why do obstetricians and midwives still rush to clamp the cord? (BMJ Views and Reviews)
    In 2007 an editorial by Andrew Weeks advised that it was better for the baby not to rush to clamp and cut the cord at birth (BMJ 2007;335:312, doi:10.1136/bmj.39282.440787.80). He believed that it was time for us to foll ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Women with diabetes in pregnancy: different perceptions and expectations
    Given the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes, the recent emergence of type 2 diabetes as a condition that can begin during childhood, and the increasing prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus, the number of wom ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Controversies in gestational diabetes
    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and controversy are old friends. However, several major studies in the field have clarified some of the main issues. There is now no doubt that hyperglycaemia, at levels less than thos ...

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Support and information about Down's syndrome
    UK policies emphasize the importance of providing balanced and accurate information on Down's syndrome to pregnant women and supporting them to make informed choices about screening, diagnostic tests and, ultimately, whe ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The chance of a lifetime? Bliss baby report 2010
    Bliss’ sixth annual report reveals how services caring for premature and sick babies are being stretched to the limit and not meeting minimum standards.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Predictors of parents seeking help or advice about children's communication development in the early years
    This study explored factors that predict whether parents seek help/advice about their child's communication development and found that gender, age, children's communication status and parental concern were consistent pr ...

    Publisher: Child: care, health and development
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Countdown to 2015
    This report looks at trends in official development assistance (ODA) for maternal, newborn, and child health, from 2003 to 2008 as part of the Countdown to 2015 initiative. While the researchers welcomed the increases in ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website No woman no cry
    Christy Turlington's debut documentary film 'No Woman, No Cry' tackles childbirth mortality and tells the personal stories of pregnant women in four different countries. The film is being shown at the London Film Festiv ...

    Publisher: Turly Pictures
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Unemployment and the wellbeing of children aged 5 to 10 years
    This study, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and commissioned by The Benevolent Society and released during Anti-Poverty Week (17 – 23 October), investigates the impact of family joblessness on child well be ...

    Publisher: Benevolent Society
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Towards an end to stillbirths (Views and Reviews)
    “I am sorry: I cannot see your baby’s heart beating” are words that parents do not expect to hear. There was no mention of stillbirth in popular books about pregnancy, no suggestion in the shopping catalogues full of smi ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Flexible care for pregnant teenagers
    What a time of change we're going through with the coalition government proposing public health cuts at every turn. Of the nearly 200 quangos to be abolished, two on the list that stood out to me were the Human Fertiliza ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Balancing risk and choice in childbirth after caesarean section
    Despite a consensus that rates of caesarean section are too high and should be reduced, the rate of vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) appears to be declining. This article explores the possible reasons for this, as we ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Confidential Enquiry into West Midlands Intrapartum Deaths
    This report is part of the current series of regional and local confidential enquiries being undertaken by the Perinatal Institute. It has been commissioned by the NHS West Midlands Investing for Health programme and w ...

    Publisher: Perinatal Institute
    Published Date: 2010

  • Adobe Acrobat Document London breastfeeding services mapping project: final report (full report)
    The main aim of the London breastfeeding services mapping project was to provide data on breastfeeding services and related inputs, breastfeeding outcomes and health outcomes for the London region. The project was comm ...

    Publisher: Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU), University of York
    Published Date: 2010

  • Adobe Acrobat Document London breastfeeding services mapping project: final report - Executive summary
    The main aim of the London breastfeeding services mapping project was to provide data on breastfeeding services and related inputs, breastfeeding outcomes and health outcomes for the London region. The project was commis ...

    Publisher: Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU), University of York
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website CMACE emergent theme briefing. Saving mothers' lives 2006-08: briefing on genital tract sepsis
    'Saving Mothers' Lives 2006-2008' will be officially launched in March 2011. An important and clinically significant finding has, however, emerged from this work, which has been summarised in the first CMACE Emergent Th ...

    Publisher: Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Postnatal care - Still a Cinderella Story?
    This report summarises findings of an NCT survey of 1260 first-time mothers experiences of NHS postnatal care and makes 10 recomemdations for improvement of services.

    Publisher: NCT
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Left to your own devices - the postnatal care experiences of 1260 first time mothers
    This report presents the findings of an NCT survey of women who became mothers for the first time in the previous 12 month period and reflects their self reported experiences of NHS postnatal care.

    Publisher: NCT
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Normal birth as a measure of the quality of care
    Normal birth as a measure of the quality of care: evidence on safety, effectiveness and women’s experiences.

    Publisher: NCT
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Developing a neonatal palliative care education programme within the North West London Perinatal Network
    Neonatology is a speciality where medical technology has made huge advancements, but as a result of that success, infants are surviving delivery with complex health needs and consequently have a poor prognosis. Research ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Children's Services Mapping: Perinatal mental health and infant mental health services
    With recognition of the need to improve perinatal mental health services, questions were added to the 2009/10 Children’s Services Mapping (CSM) exercise to establish a baseline of service provision in England. The findin ...

    Publisher: Children's Services Mapping (CSM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health
    Launched by the United Nations on 22 September 2010, the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health sets out a plan to save the lives of millions of women and children. It calls for a bold, coordinated effort, bui ...

    Publisher: United Nations
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008. Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank
    This report presents the global, regional, and country estimates of maternal mortality in 2008, and the findings of the assessment of trends of maternal mortality levels since 1990. It summarizes the challenges involved ...

    Publisher: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Too much or too little?
    In this article University Hospital of Wales’ professor of clinical endocrinology and consultant physician John Lazarus and midwife and health visitor Emma Louise Cuthbertson-Smith describe the risks and management of th ...

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website It's a weighty issue
    In July, NICE produced new guidelines aimed at all healthcare professionals involved in caring for women before, during and after pregnancy. This article examines the impact of the guidelines on resources and ever-increa ...

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Towards normality – a vision for supervision
    The increase in caesarean births in England over the last ten years has not led to a measurable improvement in health outcomes for babies and has been linked to an increased risk of complications for mothers. With a new ...

    Publisher: Midwives Magazine
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Registration and suitability handbook
    Guidance for inspectors and regulatory decision-makers on the registration and continued registration of those on the Early Years and Childcare Registers.

    Publisher: Ofsted
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Medical Record Documentation: Legal Aspects in Neonatal Nursing
    All nurses have a duty to maintain a complete and accurate recording of all care they provide in accordance with acceptable standards of care. Nurses working in specialty areas of nursing practice such as the neonatal in ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Critical incident reporting in neonatal practice
    Patient safety incidents (PSIs) occur relatively frequently in healthcare. Incident-reporting systems are designed to systematically collect information relating to PSIs in order to identify and rectify problems in the d ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Setting perinatal quality and safety goals: Should we strive for best outcomes?
    The first steps toward improving perinatal quality and safety are to identify where the problems are and develop the indicated solutions. Yet, there are a limited number of perinatal measures of quality and safety that a ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Clinical governance and standards in UK maternity care to improve quality and safety
    Maternity services need to be organised on the principles of ‘availability, accessibility, and acceptability’. The services need to be safe as safety is the back bone of quality. The best quality of care is the one that ...

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Does compassion for a family justify providing futile CPR?
    The purpose of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the prevention of sudden, unexpected death. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is not indicated in certain situations, such as in cases of terminal irreversible illness where de ...

    Publisher: Journal of Perinatology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Understanding and managing breast milk jaundice
    The breastfed infant with prolonged unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia can present a vexing clinical dilemma. Although it is a frequently observed and usually benign finding, prolonged jaundice in the breastfed newborn req ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The role of GPs in maternity care – what does the future hold?
    This report suggests that GPs could take a more active role in delivering high quality maternity care by sharing responsibilities with midwives and obstetricians, particularly for women with ongoing medical conditions

    Publisher: The King’s Fund
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Home birth—proceed with caution
    The increased demand to give birth outside hospital has increased the rate of home delivery. In the Netherlands, a third of women now have home births. In the UK, 3% of total births occur at home, while in the USA home d ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website A father's hidden despair
    The mental health of fathers is rarely acknowledged or discussed, but it can have an adverse impact on child development, as University of Chester and Cheadle Royal Hospital’s consultant psychiatrist Professor Ben Green ...

    Publisher: Midwives magazine
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Perinatal Mortality 2008
    The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) has published its Perinatal Mortality 2008 report. The key findings are: The perinatal mortality rate in the UK continues to fall from 8.3 per 1,000 total births in ...

    Publisher: Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Editorials: Neonatal outcomes in babies born out of hours
    Women should know the risks and benefits of giving birth in different settings

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Bereavement Care Report 2010
    Major survey of bereavement care provided by UK maternity units to parents whose baby dies before, during or shortly after birth is published and reveals worrying disparities in care for bereaved parents.

    Publisher: UK Sands
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Communication, communication, communication
    Report on a presentation to a conference organised to consider the epidemiology of perinatal psychiatric disorders and the evidence base for their early identification and management.

    Publisher: Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The management of heroin misuse in pregnancy: time for a rethink?
    Heroin use in pregnancy is a worldwide problem. Methadone maintenance treatment has definite advantages for the mother and is currently recommended in the UK. There is, however, increasing evidence of adverse effects upo ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Fetal and perinatal consequences of maternal obesity
    In many industrialised countries, one in five women booking for antenatal care is obese. As well as affecting maternal health, maternal obesity may have important adverse consequences for fetal, neonatal and long-term he ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Ed
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The complexities of supporting teenagers in pregancy
    This article describes the multifactorial issues that are involved when providing appropriate care to teenagers who become pregnant.

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Postnatal depression: fathers have it too
    In a meta-analysis of 43 studies, published in JAMA on May 19, James Paulson and Sharnail Bazemore concluded that the overall rate of paternal depression between the first trimester and 1 year after birth was 10·4%—more ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Promoting Parenting Through Single Family Room Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) can trace their traditional large ward style to the 1940s when the focus of design was use of basic monitoring technology and increasing the ease for caregivers to continuously obser ...

    Publisher: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Too little, too late? - Why Europe should do more for preterm infants
    The EU policy benchmarking report, presented for the first time in the European Parliament on 6th May 2010 in Brussels, provides a compelling picture of the impact of prematurity across 13 European countries. It reveals ...

    Publisher: European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website P.U.R.E. (purposeful, unambiguous, respectful, and effective) Conversations and electronic fetal monitoring: gaining consensus and collaboration
    A revised nomenclature regarding electronic fetal heart rate monitoring was accepted at a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development consensus conference in 2008. At the heart of patient safety are communic ...

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Implications of vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy and lactation
    Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin and a key modulator of calcium metabolism in children and adults. Because calcium demands increase in the third trimester of pregnancy, vitamin D status becomes crucial for m ...

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The problem of normal birth. Editorial
    Let us get one thing straight: “normal,” as it pertains to childbirth, is problematic. Normal is defined as “regular, usual, typical, ordinary, and conventional; physically and mentally sound; free from any disorder; hea ...

    Publisher: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website First Do No Harm: The Case for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
    “Once a cesarean, always a cesarean” was first articulated by Dr. E. B. Cragin in 1916, and for most of the 20th century in the United States, this was how women who had a cesarean delivery gave birth following subsequen ...

    Publisher: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Creating a collaborative culture in maternity care
    Effective collaboration between professional groups is increasingly seen as an essential element in good quality and safe health care. This is especially important in the context of maternity care, where most women have ...

    Publisher: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Improving quality and safety in maternity care: the contribution of midwife-led care
    This article draws on findings from a recent Cochrane systematic review of midwife-led care and discusses its contribution to the safety and quality of women's care in the domains of safety, effectiveness, woman-centered ...

    Publisher: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website An Innovative Toolkit to Support Normal Birth
    Caesarean births are an important part of any safe maternity service. However, in light of an inability to demonstrate better outcomes for neonates, a growing body of evidence about risks for the mother, and and an aware ...

    Publisher: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Critical care for extremely premature babies
    Although the continuing ethical and economic debates about provision of neonatal intensive care show no sign of diminishing, a recent study seems to underline the validity of the 2006 Nuffield Council on Bioethics recomm ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Developing practice – Neonatal nurses managing ventilation
    In 2006 a project was commenced that enabled nurses working on the NICU at University hospital Lewisham, who had undertaken the neonatal Nursing: Enhancing Practice Module at King's College London, to manage their patien ...

    Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Infection-related stillbirths
    Infection is an important cause of stillbirths worldwide: in low-income and middle-income countries, 50% of stillbirths or more are probably caused by infection. By contrast, in high-income countries only 10—25% of still ...

    Publisher: The Lancet
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Let’s Move — Childhood Obesity Prevention from Pregnancy and Infancy Onward
    First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity on February 9, 2010. The program’s main antiobesity strategies are empowering parents and consumers by revamping the nutritional labe ...

    Publisher: The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Talking it through: the importance of communications when discussing local service change
    This report discusses how PCTs can communicate important decisions locally in a transparent way to help improve public understanding and constructive involvement.

    Publisher: NHS Confederation
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The role of a pediatric ethics committee in the newborn intensive care unit
    Institutional Ethics Committees are commonly available in hospitals with newborn intensive care units, and may serve as a valuable resource for staff and parents dealing with difficult ethical decisions.

    Publisher: Journal of Perinatology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The perils of the imperfect expectation of the perfect baby
    Advances in modern medicine invite the assumption that medicine can control human biology. There is a perilous logic that leads from expectations of medicine's control over reproductive biology to the expectation of havi ...

    Publisher: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The risks and benefits of infant feeding practices for women and their children
    Infant feeding decisions affect maternal and child health outcomes, worldwide. Even in settings with clean water and good sanitation, infants who are not breast-fed face an increased risk of infectious, as well as non-in ...

    Publisher: Journal of Perinatology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Children of the 21st century (Volume 2): The first five years
    This book documents the first five years of life of the children of the influential Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking almost 19,000 babies born in 2000 and 2001 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...

    Publisher: Policy Press
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Breastfeeding and depression: empowering the new mother
    For many new mothers who suffer from postpartum depression, breastfeeding is a lifeline to their newborn baby. It may be the only validation of mothering they experience during this time. Mothers who continue to breastfe ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery (BJM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Who cares about teenage dads? Role of a young fathers' worker
    The Teenage Pregnancy Support Team in Newcastle believes the involvement of the prospective father is vital for maximising the wellbeing of a child. It also provides a forum for a primary health promotion approach to imp ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery (BJM)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Giving children a healthy start
    This report assesses the local implementation of national policy from 1999 to 2009 on the health of children from birth to five years of age in England. It examines local service planning and delivery, including priority ...

    Publisher: Audit Commission
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Challenges of major obstetric haemorrhage
    Every minute of every day, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. The biggest killer is obstetric haemorrhage, the successful treatment of which is a challenge for both the developed and developing worlds.

    Publisher: Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Smoking increases blood pressure in newborn babies
    Newborn babies of women who smoked during pregnancy show signs of circulatory dysfunction, according to the findings of a new Swedish study.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Breast Milk as the Gold Standard for Protective Nutrients
    This introductory overview,explores the observation that breast milk is the gold standard for protective nutrients fed to newborn infants and present clinical evidence of its strong protective effect against age-related ...

    Publisher: The Journal of Pediatrics
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Child behaviour disorders linked to mum's drinking while pregnant
    Social workers need to be aware that the cause of challenging behaviour in children could be prenatal alcohol intake. Knowing this, support can be planned. Julie Griffiths reports

    Publisher: CommunityCare
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Additional Paternity Leave and Pay: Final impact assessment
    Introducing additional paternity leave and pay aims to give families more choice about their caring arrangements during the first year of life. This document assesses the impact of the proposals.

    Publisher: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Supervision, support and safety: Analysis of the 2008–2009 local supervising authorities’ annual reports to the Nursing & Midwifery Council
    The NMC is asking health authorities and UK health departments to act when Local Supervising Authorities (LSAs) raise concerns about the quality of midwifery care as their latest report reveals a shortage of midwives in ...

    Publisher: Nursing & Midwifery Council
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Local breastfeeding support (HSJ article)
    Commissioning Local Breastfeeding Support Services, published in October last year by the Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families, aims to assist commissioners and primary care trusts in “p ...

    Publisher: Health Service Journal (HSJ)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Obesity, risk and the challenges ahead for midwives
    Assessing and managing risk is, and has always been, a central part of midwifery practice. Worldwide obesity is becoming an epidemic and its increasing prevalence during pregnancy gives one of the biggest threats toda ...

    Publisher: British Journal of Midwifery
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website The socioeconomic value of nursing and midwifery: a rapid systematic review of reviews
    This Systematic Rapid Evidence Assessment (SREA) was carried out in order to discover the socioeconomic benefits which can be attributed to nursing and midwifery with respect to: mental health nursing, long-term conditio ...

    Publisher: Evidence for Policy and Practice Information (EPPI-Centre)
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Risky business
    NHSLA’s risk management director Alison Bartholomew and the RCM’s Mervi Jokinen outline the revised CNST maternity standards for managing risks and how assessment against them can benefit maternity services.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Adding it Up: the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health
    The report provides new estimates on the costs and benefits of investing in family planning and maternal and newborn health, demonstrating that with adequate funding, dramatic improvements are in reach.

    Publisher: Guttmacher Institute
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website HIV prevention is not enough: child survival in the context of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission
    Clinical and epidemiologic research has identified increasingly effective interventions to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission in resource-limited settings These scientific breakthroughs have been implemented in some ...

    Publisher: Journal of the International AIDS Society
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Socioeconomic inequalities in survival in neonates [Editorial]
    In the linked prospective cohort study (doi:10.1136/bmj.b4702), Smith and colleagues assessed socioeconomic inequalities in survival and neonatal care provision among very preterm infants.1 A cohort of 7449 infants born ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website BMJ: Personal view. Encounter with a doula: is the system failing new mothers? [Views and Reviews
    Trainee anaesthetist, Dr Abhijoy Chakladar, writes about the role of doulas based on his own experience.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Origins of and solutions for neonatal medication-dispensing errors
    The American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacy has featured a review published early online which discusses the origins of, and solutions for neonatal medication dispensing errors.

    Publisher: National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM)
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Safeguarding and protecting children in maternity services: implications for practice
    Debates the issues involved in safeguarding and protecting children in maternity services and offers implications for professional practice. Examines the role of midwives and other members of the maternity team in safegu ...

    Publisher: Child Care in Practice
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Developing maternity services for teenagers
    Consultant midwife Rachel Ambler spoke of the negative impact critical and reactive health professionals can have on pregnant teenagers at a recent meeting in London.

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Early intervention: good parents, great kids, better citizens (2nd edition)
    Report from the Centre for Social Justice, and the Smith Institute, looks at how early intervention can help tackle various societal problems.

    Publisher: Centre for Social Justice and the Smith Institute
    Published Date: 2009

  • External Source The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform, 2000
    The NHS Plan outlines the vision of a health service designed around the patient: a new delivery system for the NHS as well as changes between health and social services, changes for NHS doctors, for nurses, midwives, th ...

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website The maternity information gap for physically disabled people
    A UK study on physically disabled parents' experiences of maternity services reveals that physically disabled people embarking on parenthood face a number of challenges. In addition to working to provide the best start f ...

    Publisher: Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Supervision, support and safety: Analysis of the Local Supervising Authority Annual Reports to the Nursing & Midwifery Council
    These reports are an analysis of the information provided by the Local Supervising Authorities (LSA) to the NMC.

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Benchmarking maternity services standards one Scottish NHS Board's experience
    In this article, Annette Lobo identifies the maternity standards set to improve the quality of care and treatment delivered by NHS Scotland and shares her NHS Board's experience of preparing for a review of service provi ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Advances in neonatal resuscitation: supporting transition
    Current research is challenging widely held views about neonatal "resuscitation" and that a less aggressive, more gentle, approach may actually be more beneficial. It seems that 100% oxygen is inappropriate as the initia ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Achieving the best from care in early labour [Editorial
    The randomised controlled trial by Hodnett and colleagues compares outcomes and experiences between women who received a new programme of structured care in early labour versus those who received "usual care" in a hospit ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Fetal alcohol syndrome: a prospective national surveillance study
    These findings highlight the severity, complexity and impact of FAS, the need for effective strategies for prevention, and the necessity for education to facilitate earlier diagnosis, referral and reporting of cases.

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website [Perspectives
    This article by Elliott et al raises many questions about how best to identify children who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. This prospective, active case-finding national surveillance study in Australia sho ...

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2008

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Teenage pregnancy June 1999
    This report meets the Social Exclusion Unit's remit to report to the Prime Minister

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Adobe Acrobat Document FWA Newpin Perinatal Support Project
    The FWA Newpin Perinatal Support Project (PSP) received funding from the Parenting Fund in 2006 for a 2 year period. The project was initially due to start in June 2006 but due to delays has in effect run from January 20 ...

    Publisher: FWA Newpin- Southwark Perinatal Support Project
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Children's and Maternity Services in 2009: Working Time Solutions
    This report presents the results of surveys of current compliance with the requirements of the Working Time Directive for both specialties in England, identifies the measures used by units which have already achieved com ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Migraine in pregnancy
    Migraine is common, with a one year prevalence of 12-15% in the Western world. The case described here illustrates many of the problems that arise when a patient who has migraines becomes pregnant.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website From Pregnancy to Early Childhood
    The Mental Health Foundation commissioned this report on the basis of its National Enquiry into the Mental Health of Children and Young People, 'Bright Futures'. It aims to summarise a variety of interventions designed t ...

    Publisher: Mental Health Foundation
    Published Date: 2008

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Perinatal Mortality 2006
    New findings from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) show that the stillbirth rate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is not decreasing but there have been some improvements in the neona ...

    Publisher: Confi dential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Breast Feeding - Clinical Review
    Clinicians know that breast feeding is crucial to infant health in developing countries, but they may be less aware of the potential longer term health benefits for mothers and babies in developed countries, particularly ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website The Dad Deficit: The Missing Piece of the Maternity Jigsaw
    This report from the Fatherhood Institute is based on research involving maternity professionals and mothers and fathers over the whole period before, during and after a birth. It provides evidence illustrating the profo ...

    Publisher: Fatherhood Institute
    Published Date: 2008

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Maternity Matters Early Adopter Site: Maternity support workers help or hinder?
    Project report from mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The aim of the project is to explore how best to grow, develop and deploy the maternity workforce to ensure that it is appropriately competent to support the deliver ...

    Publisher: Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Born Unequal: Why we need a progressive pre-birth agenda
    In Britain, by the time a baby is born, its chances of living a healthy, fulfilling life are already decided. Building on Narrowing the Gap, Louise Bamfield examines the reasons for inequalities at birth and explores the ...

    Publisher: The Fabian Society
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Safe births: Everybody's business
    This report is the result of a year's work by an independent panel commissioned by the King's Fund. It concludes that the overwhelming majority of births in England are safe, despite growing pressures on maternity servic ...

    Publisher: Kings Fund
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Sudden infant death: Does cot death still exist?
    This article featured in the latest British Medical Journal suggests that an increased understanding of the causes of cot death has revealed that it is largely attributable to avoidable parental behaviour and so calls fo ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website The longer-term outcomes associated with families who had worked with Intensive Family Support Projects(Archived)
    This report is based on the Intensive Family Support Projects. For seven out of ten families positive changes had been sustained. However, just under a third of families continued to experience complaints about anti-soci ...

    Publisher: Department for Communities and Local Government
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Improving parenting: the why and the how
    This paper by Sarah Stewart-Brown, in the Archives of Disease in Childhood looks at government initiatives to improve parenting.

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: A guide for healthcare professionals
    The report aims to raise awareness of FASD by examining the incidence, cause and outcomes of the range of disorders associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

    Publisher: British Medical Association (BMA)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Eating disorders in pregnancy
    Pregnancy can complicate an eating disorder as changes in body shape may increase anxiety about weight gain. Pregnant women with eating disorders need enhanced monitoring and postnatal support

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Children's services mapping
    Children's services mapping is an on-line data collection and reporting system that aims to provide information about services for children and young people in England. It is a source of information for anyone interested ...

    Publisher: Children's Services Mapping (University of Durham)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Caring for Vulnerable Babies: The reorganisation of neonatal services in England
    The reorganisation of neonatal services in England has helped improve care for premature and low birth weight babies with fewer babies travelling long distances for suitable treatment. But, according to the National Audi ...

    Publisher: National Audit Office (NAO)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website The Kings Fund
    The King’s Fund seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, it helps to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Its work includes research, analysi ...

    Publisher: Kings Fund
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Mixed messages over breast milk and brainy babies
    Breast feeding "is best for a brainy baby," "unlocks IQ," and "links to higher IQ," said the headlines earlier this month.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Women's Experiences of Maternity Care in the NHS in England
    This report provides the key findings from a survey of maternity services in the NHS. It describes women's experiences of maternity care, provides a detailed picture of the current quality of maternity services and ident ...

    Publisher: Healthcare Commission (HCC)
    Published Date: 2007

  • External Source Saving Mothers Lives 2003-2005 - Report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom
    Saving Mothers Lives - Reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer 2003-2005. This Report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom, 2003-2005

    Publisher:
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Small babies, short changed? Are we ensuring the best start for babies born too soon in Scotland?
    Care services for sick and premature babies in Scotland are being increasingly stretched to breaking point by a lack of nursing staff, according to a report published by Bliss – the premature baby charity.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Epilepsy in pregnancy
    This article explores the therapeutic problems that arise when a patient with epilepsy on treatment becomes pregnant and needs both effective seizure control and attention to the safety of her fetus

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Too little too late? Are we ensuring the best start for babies born too soon?
    The services that care for sick and premature babies in the UK are being increasingly stretched to breaking point by a lack of nursing staff, according to a report published by Bliss – the premature baby charity.

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Cost, causes and rates of rehospitalization of preterm infants
    Objective:To examine hospital readmissions for premature infants during the first year of life.

    Publisher: Journal of Perinatology
    Published Date: 2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Innovations matter: examples of support workers in maternity services
    This document is designed to assist maternity services with the implementation of the vision set out in the framework document 'Maternity Matters: Choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service, which stated tha ...

    Publisher: Children, Young People and Families Programme, Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Umbilical cord clamping after birth
    Early clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord is widely practised as part of the management of labour, but recent studies suggest that it may be harmful to the baby.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Feedback from regional Maternity Matters events
    Following the publication of Maternity Matters, each of the 10 SHAs hosted a regional event in partnership with CSIP Regional Change Agents (RCAs). The events were funded by the DH to a maximum of £5k per region, and the ...

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Supporting the birth relatives of adopted children and supporting post adoption contact in complex cases: executive summary
    Summary report of a mapping survey of services supporting birth relatives and contact. The survey aimed to identify and describe: the range and type of birth relative and contact services provided by local authority and ...

    Publisher: Department for Education and Skills (Dfes)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Intervening in the early years
    Research briefing aimed at councillors, containing information about key research findings, good practice and policy developments relating to the provision of adequate and accessible early intervention services for young ...

    Publisher: research in practice
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website HIV and pregnancy
    The management of HIV infection during pregnancy is complex, and the scenario box with this article illustrates the complexities involved. In 2005, UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) estimated that 3 ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Maternity and Paediatric Network Development 2004 2006
    This report describes the progress to date on the development of managed clinical networks for paediatric and maternity services and to highlight their impact on the implementation of the European Working Time Directive ...

    Publisher: Children, Young People and Families Programme, Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Commissioning and children's centres. How Hertfordshire broke the mould
    On either side of the entrance to Hertfordshire Council's County Hall are two large metal statues of stags, the county's emblem. One stag's neck is bowed, head touching the ground while the other stands proud, with its a ...

    Publisher: CommunityCare
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Perinatal Mortality 2005
    This report identifies major maternal risk factors associated with perinatal mortality, such as social deprivation, ethnicity and maternal age. It provides further evidence that the stillbirth rate has in recent years ce ...

    Publisher: CEMACH
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Special delivery or second class: are we failing special care babies in the UK?
    BLISS today (17 April) launched a new publication Special delivery or second class: are we failing special care babies in the UK? which reports on a neonatal service that is overstretched and understaffed. Shortages in s ...

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Lessons from family-strengthening interventions: learning from evidence-based practice
    Presents findings from research by the Harvard Family Research Project into family-strengthening intervention programmes. These aim to support parents by increasing their abilities to guide their children's learning and ...

    Publisher: Harvard Family Research Project
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Profiling placental function may help identify complications of pregnancy
    A profile of placental function in the second trimester of pregnancy may be of value in identifying pregnancies that are at risk for pre-eclampsia, fetal death, and intrauterine growth restriction, say Canadian researche ...

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Type 1 diabetes and pregnancy
    Pregnancy in women with type 1 diabetes remains a challenge for the patient and healthcare team alike. The BMJ article discusses the main areas of concern.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report
    Published in April 2007, this annual report details all perinatal deaths in 2005 and traces their possible cause, making recommendation into how services could be designed to mitigate deaths in future.

    Publisher: Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Managed clinical networks
    Multilateral collaboration as a basis for the future organisation of paediatric services?

    Publisher: Archives of Disease in Childhood
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Recorded delivery: a national survey of women's experience of maternity care
    The report is a recent survey of women's views about their maternity care. The last national survey of women's experience of maternity care 'First class delivery' was carried out in 1995. The study findings provide a pic ...

    Publisher: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Diabetes in Pregnancy: Are we providing the best care?:Executive Summary
    Findings of a National Enquiry by The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH).

    Publisher: Confi dential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Sex ratio and time to pregnancy: analysis of four large European population surveys
    To test whether the secondary sex ratio (proportion of male births) is associated with time to pregnancy, a marker of fertility.

    Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Diabetes in Pregnancy - are we providing the best care?
    This report is the culmination of a three-year research project on the implications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes on pregnancy. It makes clear recommendations about the organisation of care and the specific circumstances ...

    Publisher: Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Audit of Acute Maternity Services
    A comprehensive report on maternity provision in Northern Ireland was published in October 2006.

    Publisher: PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Published Date: 2006

  • Website Weigh less, worth less?
    A BLISS study of neonatal care in the UK

    Publisher: Bliss
    Published Date: 2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Who's holding the baby? Integrated health and social care child protection project. Final Report
    The remit of this project, commissioned by the Care Services Improved Partnership was to scope, develop, and test new and extended roles that support the protection of children around the time of birth. The main themes e ...

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Introducing maternity support workers: How are they enhancing maternity services?
    An evaluation of the impact of implementing the Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) Rapid Roll out Programme being delivered by NHS Employers Large Scale Workforce Change (LSWC) Team. The intention was to evaluate the impac ...

    Publisher: Children, Young People and Families Programme (CYPF), Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 2006

  • Website Why Mothers Die
    This report was published in 2004 and shows the immense impact of mental health and deprivation on maternal mortality. The next triennial report will be launched in December 2007.

    Publisher: Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
    Published Date: 2004


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