Preparing for Baby Loss Awareness Week 9-15 October 2021

  Sam Collinge, Bereavement Lead Midwife at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton reflects on her role supporting families who have been affected by pregnancy and baby loss and talks about Baby Loss Awareness Week. Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 Oct) brings together health care professionals, international bereavement charities, support and counselling organisations to give anyone touched by […]

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Professional Advocates: Investing in practitioners to achieve excellence in service delivery

By Vanessa Whatley, @whatleyvj : Deputy Chief Nurse, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Lisa Stephens ,@sagefemme2000 : Lead Midwife for  Education, University of Worcester, and Michelle Sterry, @michelleSterry2 :  Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Worcester The role of the Professional Advocate (PA) is a vehicle for deploying the four elements of the Advocating for Education […]

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Postpartum psychosis: beyond the baby blues and postpartum depression

  In this latest blog in our spotlight on maternal mental health Dr Amy Perry, Research Psychologist from the Mood Disorders Research Group, University of Worcester, provides an overview of postpartum psychosis. New mothers are vulnerable to mood disturbances within the first year of childbirth. In more severe cases, these episodes can negatively affect not only […]

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To the mum who needs to hear this right now and the professional ready to listen – there is always hope

As part of our series of blogs throughout May 2021 for maternal mental health awareness month, Leanne Howlett describes her experiences of perinatal mental health.   Before I had children I had a really naive understanding of mental illness and believed I was immune to it. Five years on I have learnt the hard way the […]

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The Promotion of perinatal mental health by nurses in non-maternity settings

By Dr Catriona Jones. RM, PGCE, FHEA @CatrionaJones6  @EBNursingBMJ It is maternal mental health awareness week, a week dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy and after childbirth. Any health care practitioner (HCP) can meet a woman in need of support and treatment for perinatal mental illness (PMI). It is important to take this […]

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‘Voluntary Childlessness’ what does it really mean?

In this week’s blog Clinical Academic Midwife Helen Janiszewski @Hejaniszewski explores the issue of ‘voluntary childlessness’ with Rachel Sawyer @bottomlineibd an IBD patient advocate, with 20 years’ experience of living with Crohn’s disease to explore how clinical practice can be better informed on this term. Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a chronic condition affecting the digestive […]

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The importance of pre-conceptual and pregnancy care in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  This week’s blog comes from Helen Janiszewski, a midwife from Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System and Doctoral Researcher at Coventry University. The importance of good preconceptual care cannot be underestimated. In women with IBD it is important to help educate women who are trying to conceive about the […]

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Human Trafficking: An emerging and critical challenge for maternity and health care

This week’s EBN Blog is written by Sam Nightingale (@mwsamnight), a clinical academic midwife from UHCW NHS Trust (Coventry). Sam’s research interests lie in vulnerable women in pregnancy and she has recently completed and NIHR MRes on the topic of human trafficking and pregnancy. Sam will be leading the @EBNursingBMJ Twitter chat on Weds 8th […]

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