Midwifery

Why are Germany's midwives feeling squeezed out?

Fewer midwives are attending to birth in the country, where insurance premiums are punitive and medical intervention is increasingly widespread. And it’s not only mothers who are missing their skills<p>Ten years ago, Dr Christiane Schwarz - a lecturer and researcher - decided that she could no longer …

Pregnancy

You've Never Seen C-Section Birth Photos as Mind-Blowingly Beautiful as These

Alyssa Leon, a labor doula who also specializes in birth photography, is every mom's biggest advocate when it comes to being aware of the options they have during their births. Of late, she's doing so with the most gorgeous and mind-blowing C-section photos from a family-centered birth center in …

Cherry Blossom

Quebec midwives plan to protest

A group of Quebec midwives say they are planning to protest on Monday morning during a speech that will be given by the health minister to the …

Canada

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Is Facing A Maternity Care Crisis

It’s been two months since Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a catastrophic storm that decimated and flooded the island, leaving millions of …

Pregnancy

Call the Midwife premieres Christmas special clip for Children in Need 2017

It's the festive season at Nonnatus House.<p>What a difference a year makes! The ladies of <i>Call the Midwife</i> have gone from both boiling under the South …

TV

Canada’s impending refugee crisis and how midwives can save the day

There is no question there is a worldwide refugee crisis, with global border crossings at an all-time high. According to the UN, we currently have …

Health Care

How Doulas Work

The childbirth experience has undergone total transformation since the days of dads hanging out in waiting rooms proudly handing out his pink or blue …

Health

Care home nurses costing up to '£1,000 per shift'

<b>Care home providers are paying up to £1,000 per shift for an agency nurse to cover rotas, it has been claimed.</b><p>A report by Scottish Care, which represents private care providers, found they were increasingly reliant on agency staff to plug staffing gaps.<p>It said about a third of nursing posts in care …

Health Care

My Birth Plan Failed, And I Delivered My Baby In A Volkswagen

The plan wasn’t to deliver a baby in the backseat of the car. The plan was to have a calm, low-intervention birth at the same hospital we had done …

Pregnancy

Midwives debate bill that could regulate home births around the state

Dozens of midwives and mothers with babies in slings and toddlers in strollers gathered at the State House this week to offer their take on a bill …

Boston

What to expect at your six-week postpartum check-up

Photo: iStock Photo<p>At my last OB appointment before my son was born, I remember her telling me that she’d see me again at my six-week postpartum …

Pregnancy

Nurse Midwives Are Trained, Lifesaving Professionals. Why Are We Holding Them Back?

Photo illustration by <i>Slate</i>. Photos by Thinkstock. At a time when maternal mortality rates are decreasing worldwide, they more than doubled between …

Health Care

Powerful Photo Series Honors Midwives Around The World

A beautiful series of photos is celebrating the work of midwives around the world.<p>The global nonprofit WaterAid captured new mothers and midwives in …

Pregnancy

Postpartum doulas are in high demand with millennial moms

They will plan meals, change diapers, walk dogs, run errands, tidy the house and care for babies at night so that new parents can sleep.

Pregnancy

European nurses and midwives leaving UK in droves since Brexit vote

Nursing and Midwifery Council says NHS faces staffing shortfall due to ‘double whammy’ of European and UK-trained medics leaving<p>The number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since the UK voted to leave the EU, figures have revealed.<p>The sharp fall …

Race & Ethnicity

'Worrying' number of EU nurses and midwives still don't want to work in UK after Brexit

The number of European nurses and midwives applying for work in UK has fallen 89% since Sep 2016.<p>Thousands of UK workers also leaving the …

Brexit

EU nurses 'turning their backs on UK'

<b>The decline in EU nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK since the referendum is continuing, figures show.</b><p>The trend was first noticed earlier this year, and now a new batch of figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have reinforced the idea that Brexit is having an impact.<p>In …

Referendums

EU Nurses And Midwives Continue To Leave The NHS After Brexit, 'Worrying' New Figures Show

There's been a 67% rise in the number leaving the register in the past year.<p>The number of EU nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK is …

Referendums

Ontario midwives say there's growing interest in letting them perform abortions

Midwives say move would improve access in rural areas, but minister says no plan to expand midwifery services<p>The association representing more than …

Health Care

'Nosy' midwife struck off for viewing friends' records

<b>A midwife who admitted being "stupidly nosy" for looking up dozens of confidential medical records has been struck off.</b><p>Vicky Anne Bloxham, 38, viewed records of friends, an ex-boyfriend and colleagues over 14 years "without clinical justification", a panel found.<p>Mrs Bloxham told the panel she was …

Pregnancy

'Nosy' midwife struck off for viewing friends' records

<b>A midwife who admitted being "stupidly nosy" for looking up dozens of confidential medical records has been struck off.</b><p>Vicky Anne Bloxham, 38, viewed records of friends, an ex-boyfriend and colleagues over 14 years "without clinical justification", a panel found.<p>Mrs Bloxham told the panel she was …

Pregnancy

The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage'

Health correspondent<p><b>UK maternity units are turning to expensive temporary staffing arrangements such as overtime and agency staff to plug gaps in midwife rotas, union leaders say.</b><p>Royal College of Midwives data showed the bill hit nearly £100m in 2016, with services having to pay hourly fees twice …

Freedom of Information

Hull parents share the stories of their 'amazing and unforgettable' midwives

Parents have shared their stories of Hull's "angel" midwives who they have praised for their devotion.<p>Parents took to social media to publicly thank …

Pregnancy

The mission of a flying midwife - Conversations - ABC Radio

Jan Becker is well known in the business world for the enormously successful flight training academy she's built with her husband.<p>Becker Helicopters …

Pregnancy

On Becoming A Mother

Shares 144<p>I remember when my daughter was first born- the joy, the exhaustion, the pride, the amazement. I knew that birth was a miracle but after …

Pregnancy

Few provinces now without midwives as services begin in N.B.

Midwives in New Brunswick have begun seeing their first patients -- becoming one of the last provinces to provide publicly funded and regulated …

New Brunswick

I help take the stress out of childbirth

In Summary<p>Jobless, Susan moved in with a friend as she figured out the next step to take. Her friend was pregnant, and she did her best to provide …

Pregnancy

‘We’re hearing horror stories’: Illawarra mothers call for better births

Mothers have spoken out about the sorry state of Wollongong Hospital’s birthing suites.

Pregnancy

Stillbirth could have been avoided, Canterbury mother believes

Angela Blake is devastated that her baby son Jai died at 36 weeks gestation last year.<p>Angela Blake believes her baby son Jai's death at more than …

Pregnancy

29 Gorgeous Photos That Give Midwives The Credit They Deserve

From home births to supporting C-section mamas, midwives do it all.<p>Midwifery is a broad term that means so many things, in so many types of practices around the world. Midwives can have very different training backgrounds and work in very different settings — from women’s homes, to huge …

Pregnancy