Social Media and Healthcare Professionals – a new way of communicating?

Daring to utter the words ‘social media’ amongst a group of healthcare professionals can often prompt the same response as the infamous ‘q’ word*. Whilst pained sighs, words of concern or even just uncomfortable silences might be how we respond, are we turning our backs on possible answers to the known failures in communication across […]

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Sleep deprivation and its relationship with the development of postpartum psychosis

By Lexi Ilgner-McEvoy – Midwife, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Lucy Flatley – Midwifery Lecturer, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds @lucycflatley Postpartum mood disorders are of major clinical and public health concern in the United Kingdom, where suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. The most recent MBRRACE-UK report highlighted a statistically […]

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A Snapshot of a Day in the Life of… a Maternity Clinical Risk Manager

This week’s Blog is written by Lana Jones-Sandy (@ljsan1) maternity risk manager at North Middlesex University hospital and @FNightingaleF Scholar in 2021. In the blog Lana reflects on a day in the life of a maternity clinical risk manager. In February 2022 Lana starts a two day a week secondment opportunity with NHS E/NHSI – […]

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The importance of supporting women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum to promote their emotional wellbeing

By Rachael Buabeng, Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Maternal health advocate, Ocean Service People Engagement Worker (East London Foundation Trust – Maternal Mental Health Services), Maternity Transformation Programme Service User Voice, Co-chair on the Black and Black-mixed heritage Maternity Voice Partnership for Homerton (City & Hackney), Maternal Health Research Engagement Consultant, Founder of Mummy’s Day Out. @BuabengRachael […]

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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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