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SERIES 13 – EP.05 Postpartum Psychosis – recognition, management and support

In the fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series 13, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Sally Wilson, National Training Coordinator, Action on Postpartum psychosis (APP) and Shaheda Akhtar, Peer Support Facilitator, Action on Postpartum psychosis (APP) Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting […]

SERIES 13 – EP.04 Celebrating International Day of the Midwife Week

In the fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series 13, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Honorary Associate Professor, Psychotherapist and Luminary Midwife Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: Dr […]

SERIES 13 – EP.03 Ensuring a Positive Clinical Learning Environment

In the third episode of Midwifery Hour series 13, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Maeve O Connell, Assistant Professor Midwifery, Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Laura Moya Falcon, Clinical Midwife Specialist, Hamad Medical Corporation Presentations will include some insights from […]

SERIES 13 – EP.02 Work-Life Balance as a Midwife

In the second episode of Midwifery Hour series 13, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant and Childbirth Author and Professor Holly Blake, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham; co-editor ‘Health and wellbeing at work for Nurses and Midwives’ Presentations will […]

SERIES 13 – EP.01 Emotional Intelligence to improve your midwifery – plus pay and wellbeing

In the first episode of Midwifery Hour series 13, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Mo Tabib, Midwifery Lecturer, Robert Gordon University andStella Nwogu, Matron, Newham University Hospital – Barts Health NHS Trust Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. […]

SERIES 12 – EP.10 Anti-oppressive practice in midwifery and maternity services

In the tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Alys Einion, Associate Professor, Author; Editor-in-Chief, The Practising Midwife Journal Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: […]

SERIES 12 – EP.9 Midwifery skills assessment: pain, pitfalls and joys

In the ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Rosy Jordan, Senior Lecturer Practitioner, Anglia Ruskin University, Lindsey Rose, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Anglia Ruskin University, Amy Solt, Student Representative Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting […]

SERIES 12 – EP.8 Pre-eclampsia: From labour to postnatal and beyond

In the eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Anja Johansen-Bibby, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Lead for Maternal Medicine, Milton Keynes University Hospital and Layla Lavallee, Registered Midwife and NIHR Doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford. Presentations will include some insights from international […]

SERIES 12 – EP.7 Caring for pregnant women with substance dependency

In the seventh episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Elaine Moore, Retired Midwife, Ayrshire, Scotland Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: Dr Elaine Moore   […]

SERIES 12 – EP.6 The power of inclusion – language matters

In the sixth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Calvin Moorley, Professor of Diversity and Social Justice, London South Bank University and Maria Rowntree, Community Midwife and Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Inclusivity Fellow Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and […]

SERIES 12 – EP.5 Reflexology and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Birth

In the fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Amanda Redford, Midwife, Acupuncturist, Maternity and Fertility Complementary Therapy Specialist and Dr Denise Tiran, CEO / Education Director, Expectancy; Visiting Professor, Qingdao Huikang School of Midwifery, Shanghai, China Presentations will include some insights […]

SERIES 12 – EP.4 The lithotomy challenge: delivering kinder care

In the forth episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Florence Wilcock, Consultant Obstetrician, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Podcast Host, The Obs Pod, Deepa Santhosh, The Desi Midwife and Helen Green, Preceptorship Clinical Support Midwife, Kingston Hospital NHS Presentations will include some insights […]

SERIES 12 – EP.3 An ABC of Eclampsia

In the third episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Erum Khan, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, National Senior Maternity Advisor to NHSR; Specialist Maternity Advisor to CQC; RCOG patient Safety Committee member and Hsu Chong, Consultant in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Birmingham […]

SERIES 12 – EP.2 International perspectives – looking forward into 2024

In the second episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwife, International Confederation of Midwives and Joy Kemp, International Midwifery Specialist Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the Maternity […]

SERIES 12 – EP.1 Making care better for women and families

In the first episode of Midwifery Hour series 12, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Benash Nazmeen, Assistant Professor in Midwifery, University of Bradford and Co-Director, ASAMidwives and Julia Clark, Research Officer, Sands – baby loss charity Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting […]

SERIES 11 – EP.13 Christmas Selection Box

In the thirteenth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Joy Kemp, UNFPA Midwife working in Bangladesh, Professor Lesley Page CBE, Academic & Midwife; Former President, Royal College of Midwives, Dianne Garland, Midwife Consultant, Midwife Expert, Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX and Dr […]

SERIES 11 – EP.12 Contemporary strategies to support women during labour

In the twelfth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Wendy Randall, Head of Midwifery, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals Trust and Dr Denise Tiran, CEO/Education Director, Expectancy; Visiting Professor, Qingdao Huikang School of Midwifery Shanghai Presentations will include some insights from international midwives […]

SERIES 11 – EP.11 TACKLING BIRTH TRAUMA PREVENTION: TIPS, TOOLS AND ACTIONS FOR ALL

In the eleventh episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Rebecca Moore, Founder & Perinatal Psychiatrist, Make Birth Better and Nikki Wilson, CEO, Make Birth Better Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the […]

SERIES 11 – EP.10 Love and Humanising Childbirth

In the tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Editor; Mayes Midwifery, Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Professor Lesley Page CBE, Academic & Midwife; Former President, Royal College of Midwives and Clare Wardhaugh Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting them in practice. Watch the Maternity […]

SERIES 11 – EP.9 Supporting transitions and sustaining wellbeing for International Midwives joining the UK workforce

In the ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Dr Anna Byrom, Creative Director – The Practising Midwife, The Student Midwife and All4Maternity was joined by Neesha Ridley, Lead Midwife, All4Maternity, Dr Aaron Turner, Director, One Thought and Nici Butchart, Managing Director, Innate Health Research. Presentations will include some insights from international midwives and those supporting […]

SERIES 11 – EP.8 Advocating Self-Care following a Caesarean Section

In the eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM, Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, RCNi Community & General Nurse Award winner 2019, Author of ‘C-Section Recovery Manual-Your Body, Your Recovery’ Welcome to an event you won’t want to miss – join this Maternity and […]

SERIES 11 – EP.7 Examination of the new-born: preparing parents

In the seventh episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Stephanie Michaelides, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Neonatal Care, Middlesex University. In this hour, our guest, Stephanie Michaelides highlights the key aspects for midwives of supporting the examination of the newborn. A confident and competent physical […]

SERIES 11 – EP.6 Writing for publication – Mayes’ Midwifery – rebirth of a textbook

In the sixth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Neil Stewart, CEO, MATFLIX | Maternity and Midwifery Forum was joined by Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Consultant and Leading Educationalist; Host, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals and Hour; Editor; Mayes’ Midwifery, Gail Johnson, Midwife Educationalist; Editor, Mayes’ Midwifery, Lyn Jones, Senior Midwifery Lecturer , Anglia Ruskin University, Alicia […]

SERIES 11 – EP.5 Midwifing through perimenopause: a challenge, an exodus, and an opportunity

In the fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Leah Hazard, Midwife, Author, Activist and Loretta Dignam, CEO & Founder, The Menopause Hub This week it will be Menopause Awareness Day, and we will be focusing on the effects of peri-menopause and menopause on midwives in […]

SERIES 11 – EP.4 Baby loss – helping and supporting mothers and families

In the fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Steph Wild, Bereavement Consultant & Relationship Manager, CuddleCot, Steve Huggins, Commercial Director, CuddleCot and Clare Beesley, Lead Midwife for Bereavement, University Hospitals Birmingham. This Baby Loss Awareness Week, we are thinking about how best to care for […]

SERIES 11 – EP.3 What do midwives do?

In the third episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX was joined by Dr Maeve Anne O’Connell, Assistant Professor of Midwifery, Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Dr Claire Feeley, Researcher and Lecturer, King’s College London The title of midwife continues to be enshrined in law […]

SERIES 11 – EP.2 Dads Matter

In the second episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Mark William, Keynote Speaker, Author and International Mental Health Campaign, Fathers Reaching Out, and Debbie Garrod, Midwife and researcher, NHSP Midwife, Manchester University NHSFT As midwives we are caring for women and their babies and families, and for partners […]

SERIES 11 – EP.2 Dads Matter

In the second episode of Midwifery Hour series 11, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Mark William, Keynote Speaker, Author and International Mental Health Campaign, Fathers Reaching Out, and Debbie Garrod, Midwife and researcher, NHSP Midwife, Manchester University NHSFT As midwives we are caring for women and their babies and families, and for partners […]

SERIES 11 – EP.1 Does Love Have a Role in Midwifery?

Series 11, episode 1 of the Midwifery Hour is back, with our host Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery who was joined by Dr Diane Menage, Lecturer in Midwifery, De Montfort University, and Dr Jenny Patterson, Midwife and Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University Does love have a role in midwifery? If so, what is that role? […]

SERIES 10 – EP.12 Contemporary Issues in Midwifery 2023

On the final episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Amba Morrell, Student Midwife,  London South Bank University, and Professor Hora Soltani, Professor in Maternal and Infant Health, Sheffield Hallam University – Reviewing assessment of the newborn at birth and beyond – Students as advocates As we […]

SERIES 10 – EP.11 When Midwives Give Birth

In the tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kate Greenstock, Midwife, Coach, Author of ‘Flourish’, and Sarah Milnes, Midwifery educator, Researcher, University of Leicester This session explores the under-researched phenomenon of midwives/student midwives themselves giving birth (and people who have given birth becoming midwives), how positive […]

SERIES 10 – EP.10 Diversifying in midwifery through career development

In the tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kemi Akinwunmi, Qualified Midwife, Specialist in Public Health, Professional Aunty, and Joyce Adu-Amankwah, Specialist Haemoglobinopathies Midwife, St. Georges University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Midwifery is a career which carries so many possibilities and choices, and remains a popular […]

SERIES 10 – EP.9 94% Continuity of Care for women – the New Zealand way

In the nineth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Sam Denny, Nurse, Midwife, Project Manager, WHO/IFEM and Emma McKay, Community Midwife, Hywel Dda University Health Board Community Midwifery Services. On this episode we looked at continuity of care with a wider lens. Sam will explore how a very small […]

SERIES 10 – EP.8 Spiritual meanings in childbirth: the role of the midwife

In the eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Jenny Hall, Midwifery Lecturer; Editor, Maternity and Midwifery Forum and MATFLIX and Fatimah Mohamied, Midwife and Cultural Safety Champion, London. Historically, in all cultures, midwives have had a close connection with spirituality, and with religion. So as we […]

SERIES 10 – EP.7 Communicating with babies

In the seventh episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Sarah Lam, Communication Manager Brazelton Centre UK and Dr Betty Hutchon, Master Trainer, Honorary Neurodevelopmental Consultant OT, University College London Hospital. This week is Baby Communication Awareness week, and we are delighted to be joined by colleagues […]

SERIES 10 – EP.6 Waterbirth: Calm seas or stormy waters?

In the sixth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant and Author of ‘Waterbirth – an attitude to care’. Renowned international midwifery expert Dianne Garland discusses the current evidence around water use during labour and birth, parent and midwife preparation, and what is happening […]

SERIES 10 – EP.5 Oxytocin Collective Care – The art & interdisciplinary strategies

In the fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sheena Byrom OBE, Midwifery Consultant; Director, All4Maternity was joined by Dyana Gravina, Art producer, Curator, Activist, Birth Doula, and Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Midwife, Author and Artist. Oxytocin Collective Care – an interdisciplinary is live event about mothers, parents and carers that uniquely combines a bold programme of performances […]

SERIES 10 – EP.4 Baby loss – supporting black and mixed-black women

In this fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Alicia Burnett, Midwife, Tommy’s Baby Charity, and Amina Hatia, Midwifery Manager, Tommy’s Baby Charity. Black and mixed Black heritage women in the UK experience pregnancy and infant loss at higher rates than their white counterparts. In response to these disparities, Tommy’s […]

SERIES 10 – EP.3 Implementing Maternity and Midwifery Continuity – public support

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Mary Newburn, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead, Kings College London ARC Maternity, Jo Daguston, AIMS Volunteer, Public co-investigator, NIHR funded/ELHT Project & Zenab Barry, Political Scientist, International Development Specialist and Director, National Maternity Voices. Each year […]

SERIES 10 – EP.2 Celebrating International Day of the Midwife

In this second episode of Midwifery Hour series 10, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Newly appointed First Chief Midwife, International Confederation of Midwives, and Wendy (Wanda) Warrington, Midwife, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust; Humanitarian Aid Worker, Poland and Ukraine. The International Day of the Midwife is a chance to reflect on what we […]

SERIES 10 – EP.1 Entonox – Its use and implications

Back with the Midwifery Hour, series 10, episode 1, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Wendy Jones, MBE, Pharmacist; Author of ‘Breastfeeding and Medication’ and ‘Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions’, and Catherine Kelly, Medical student, University of Dundee. For many years, Entonox ‘Gas and air’ has been a treasured form of pain relief during labour. […]

SERIES 9 – EP.13 The student midwife integrated learning environment (SMiLE) Clinic

In the last episode of The Midwifery Hour, ep13, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dana Colbourne, Registered Midwife, Postgraduate Researcher & Lead Midwife, SMiLE Clinic, and Samantha Perry, MidSoc President, RCM SMF South of England Representative and Student Midwife, University of Southampton. This session looks at a student led model […]

SERIES 9 – EP.12 Examination of the Newborn – Are we ready?

In the twelfth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Natasha Carr, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery & Professional Midwifery Advocate, Birmingham City University, Dr Anna Byrom, Director and CEO, All4Maternity and, Lindsey Rose, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University. This episode is an overview of the examination of the […]

SERIES 9 – EP.11 5 Easy antenatal infant feeding wins

In the eleventh episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Shel Banks, IBCLC Infant Feeding Specialist, Clinical Director, Anya 5 Easy wins with expectant parents How do you make the antenatal infant feeding and relationship-building information that you know you need to share, really be heard […]

SERIES 9 – EP.10 Tools and Mindsets to Sustain You as a Midwife

In the nineth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kate Greenstock, Midwife, Coach, Author of Flourish, Sheena Byrom OBE, Consultant Midwife & Director, All4Maternity, Colette Grant, Performance Coach and Entrepreneur and Dr Aaron Turner, Founder and Senior Partner, ONE THOUGHT For this episode you will need a […]

SERIES 9 – EP.9 Listening and Learning: Emotional Support and Advocacy

In the nineth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Faiza Rehman, Midwife and Managing Director, Raham Project, and Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Honorary Associate Professor, Psychotherapist and Luminary Midwife. We welcome back Midwife Faiza Rehman, who set up the Raham Project in Peterborough, to provide support to […]

SERIES 9 – EP.8 Psychological Challenges of Being a Midwife

In the eight episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kate Greenstock, Midwife, Coach, Author of ‘Flourish’, Dr Anna Byrom, Midwife, Educator, Innovator, CEO and Director, All4Maternity, Colette Grant, Performance Coach and Entrepreneur, and Dr Aaron Turner, Founder and Senior Partner, ONE THOUGHT The importance of nurturing midwives’ mental […]

SERIES 9 – EP.7 Perinatal Mental Health and Well-being

In the seventh episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Elaine Coote (nee Hanzak), Inspirational Speaker and Author on Perinatal Mental Illness, Mental Health and Rosie Doman, Midwife and Preceptorship Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust In this session, we are exploring the issue of perinatal mental health, and […]

SERIES 9 – EP.6 Supporting Breastfeeding: Bottles, Draughts & Medications

In the sixth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Wendy Jones MBE, Pharmacist & Author, Breastfeeding and Medication and Dr Clare Maxwell, Senior Lecturer Midwifery, WHO Technical Advisor and Florence Nightingale Scholar, Liverpool John Moores University This session looks at some issues around breastfeeding, recent research […]

SERIES 9 – EP.5 Continuity of Care: The Added Benefits

In the fifth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Trixie McAree, National Midwifery Lead for Continuity of Carer, NHS England/Improvement, Wendy Olayiwola, National Maternity Lead for Equality, NHS England/Improvement, and Charlotte Clayton, PhD candidate, Clinical Lead, Bournemouth University This session revisits the NHS England Transformation agenda, […]

SERIES 9 – EP.4 Midwifery Staffing Levels & the Impact on Postnatal Care

In this fourth episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Lesley Turner, Head of Practice Learning, (Nursing & Midwifery), University of Southampton and Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Advisor, NCT This episode explores some of the factors that can contribute to better outcomes for women, their babies and families […]

SERIES 9 – EP.3 Cervical Ripening at Home: The Choice Study

In this third episode of The Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Maira Harkness, Research Fellow, University of Stirling and Dr Cassandra Yuill, Research Fellow, City, University of London Cervical ripening is a process of softening and opening the cervix before labour starts. Traditionally, cervical ripening has been performed entirely […]

SERIES 9 – EP.2 Women’s Experiences of Obstetric Violence

In this second episode of Midwifery Hour series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Hazel Keedle PhD, Senior Lecturer of Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia Globally, significant numbers of women report obstetric violence (OV) during childbirth. The United Nations has identified obstetric violence as gendered violence. Obstetric violence can be […]

SERIES 9 – EP.1 Increasing self-agency in maternity to reduce violence and harm

Year 2023, first Episode of the Midwifery Hour, series nine, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kay King, Director, White Ribbon Alliance and Amity Reed, Respectful Maternity Care Lead, White Ribbon Alliance Kay details the Safer Beginnings programme and how they worked with partners to develop a new set of resources to […]

Retaining and engaging midwifery staff

Retaining and engaging midwifery staff By Neil Stewart, Editorial Director, Maternity & Midwifery Forum If any more proof was needed of the pressure on midwifery numbers, the NHS England letter to trusts of 13th July “Retaining our nursing midwifery colleagues” from Dame Ruth May DBE the CNO for NHS England confirms that red lights are flashing on […]

SERIES 8 – EP.14 Christmas Special

Join us for the last episode of Series 8 and last episode of 2022. Find your favourite seat, wrap up warm and snug and equip yourself with your favourite festive Midwifery Hour snacks.   Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: Dr Jenny Hall Dr Jo Dagustun Sheena Byrom OBE Dr Kathryn Gutteridge   […]

SERIES 8 – EP.13 Developing Global Midwifery Education – Part 2

Episode thirteen of the Midwifery Hour, series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Maeve O’Connell and Dr Georgina Sosa, PhD, Assistant Professors of Midwifery, Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates A catch up with Dr Gina and Dr Maeve from last series, following their work on […]

SERIES 8 – EP.12 Let’s talk sustainability: Climate Conscious Care in Maternity

Episode twelve of the Midwifery Hour, series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Jo Frame, Midwife; Clinical Fellow, Chief Nurses Office, NHS England; Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellowship and Alice Clack, Obstetrician, SusQI Education Fellow The importance of being aware of the limited resources of the planet, protecting our ecological systems and reducing greenhouse […]

SERIES 8 – EP.11 OASI2 – Reducing Severe Tears

Episode eleven of the Midwifery Hour, series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Lizzie Phillips, Specialist Perineal Midwife, University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust, Clinical Midwifery Lead OASI2 Can you reduce and recognise severe tears? This episode, Lizzie Phillips asks if midwives can change the story of women’s pelvic health, sharing women’s real stories […]

SERIES 8 – EP.10 Language and Cultural Issues Informed Consent in Maternity

Tenth episode of Midwifery Hour, series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Jenny Patterson, Midwifery Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Şebnem Susam-Saraeva Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh Our research project examined informed consent during pregnancy, labour, and birth in the case of […]

SERIES 8 – EP.9 Optimising Health in the Postnatal Period

In this, the ninth episode of series eight of Midwifery Hour, our very own Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, of MATFLIX and Maternity & Midwifery Forum was joined by Sheena Byrom, Midwife Consultant and Director, All4Maternity and Marie Louise of The Modern Midwife, in an episode supported by Active Iron. The weeks following birth, also referred to […]

SERIES 8 – EP.8 Caesarean Section – Midwives’ Role in Recovery

Eighth episode of Midwifery Hour, series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Janine McKnight-Cowan, BEM, Author; Queens Nurse; Project Manager- Personalised Care Workforce, Joined Up Care Derbyshire; 2019 RCNi Community & General Practice Nurse of the Year and Leonie Rastas, Nurse and Midwife, Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Giving birth by […]

SERIES 8 – EP.6 Strengthening Midwifery Voices – Setting the Agenda

In this sixth episode of Midwifery Hour series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Alys Einion, Associate Professor; Author; Editor-in-Chief, The Practising Midwife, and Seyi Akinlaja, Consultant Midwife: Midwifery Led Care and Public Health, Princess Alexandra NHS Trust Both presentations looked at current challenges facing maternity care, and midwives; the strategies to shine […]

SERIES 8 – EP.5 Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Caroline Ovadia, BMBCh MA PhD MRCOG, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London; Honorary Consultant Obstetrician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Ali Gilroy, Expert by Experience and Engagement and […]

SERIES 8 – EP.4 Research on Student Experience

The forth episode of Midwifery Hour series eight, was joined by Sarah Milnes, Midwifery Lecturer, University of Leicester, and Carla Jayne Avery, Associate Professor for Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education (LME) Buckinghamshire New University This session focused on research into student midwives’ perspectives, both before they come into midwifery and what their experiences are towards […]

SERIES 8 – EP.3 Waterbirth – The Evidence

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Claire Feeley, Researcher and Lecturer at King’s College London, Dr Ethel Burns, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Oxford Brookes University and Professor Charles Roehr, Clinical Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit – Clinical Trials Unit; Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University […]

SERIES 8 – EP.2 Going for Gold – UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative in the University

In this second episode of Midwifery Hour series eight, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Alison Taylor, Lead Midwife for Education, Deputy Head of Department Midwifery and Health Sciences, Baby Friendly Project Lead Lecturer, University National Infant Feeding (NIFN) Lead, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Bournemouth University and Megan Langrish, RM BSc […]

SERIES 8 – EP.1 Professional and Personal Challenges

Welcome Back to the Midwifery Hour, series 8, episode 1, hosted by Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Denise Tiran, CEO / Education Director, Expectancy, Visiting Professor, Qingdao Huikang School of Midwifery, Shanghai, China and Tamsin Bicknell, Consultant Midwife for Public Health and Safeguarding, Co-chair NEL LMNS, Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar This […]

SERIES 7 – EP.13 Power, Hierarchy and Staff Safety in Maternity Services

Final, thirteenth episode of the Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Charlotte Phillips, Senior Lecturer, University of Staffordshire and Helen Elliott-Mainwaring, Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Leicester. This session looked at cutting-edge research work into the influences of power and hierarchy on staff safety and wellbeing; the underpinning problems of […]

SERIES 7 – EP.12 Coping Strategies for Midwives

In this twelfth episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Radha Wilson-Jefferies, Emotional Health Coach for midwives and Dr Jan Smith, Psychologist and Coach This session explored current challenges facing maternity care and midwives, strategies to shine brightly and talks on supporting staff using a new mental […]

SERIES 7 – EP.11 Women’s Experiences of Post-traumatic Growth Following Traumatic Birth

In this eleventh episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Linda McGowan, Professor of Applied Health Research in the School of Healthcare, Rhianna Ketley, Clinical Psychology Trainee and Zoe Darwin, Reader, University of Huddersfield. In this session, we had a joint presentation for our experts, exploring womens’ experience […]

SERIES 7 – EP.10 Voices From the Student Front

In this tenth episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Nicky Clark, Head of Midwifery and Child/Lead Midwife for Education/ Senior Lecturer, Chair of the NMCLME Strategic Reference Group | SFHEA | Chief Midwifery Officer Gold Award 2020 and Nicole Rajan-Brown, Student Midwife, Editor, Student Midwife Journal. Following […]

SERIES 7 – EP.9 Highlights from the Northern Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2022

The ninth episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, reflects on The Northern Maternity & Midwifery Festival that took place in Manchester, highlighting presentations from Pete Wallroth, Chief Executive and Founder, Mummys Star and Wendy (Wanda) Warrington, Safeguarding Families Specialist Practitioner, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust   Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: Pete Wallroth […]

SERIES 7 – EP.8 Passion, Empathy and Burnout in Lactation Support

In this seventh episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Professor Amy Brown, Professor, Public Health, Swansea University. Amy shares the complex picture that emerged, and what the implications are for breastfeeding women, their families and their supporters. The need for support, and the impact of stress […]

SERIES 7 – EP.7 Reflections from Personalised Care

In this seventh episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Zahra Saeed, Midwifery Student, University of Salford, and Claire Parker, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery. Claire’s presentation (a brand new recording straight from the live event in Central London on June 8th) ‘Devising and facilitating personalised care plans […]

SERIES 7 – EP.6 Developing a Perinatal Pelvic Health Service

In this sixth episode of Midwifery Hour, series 7, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Zoe Nelson, Local Maternity and Neonatal Lead Midwife, and Rachel Mullins, Perinatal Pelvic Health Midwife, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The need to address perinatal pelvic health was highlighted by the NHS announcement in 2021 the that […]

SERIES 7 – EP.5 Midwives moving to higher education

In this fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series seven, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Joanne Foster, and Amanda Wain, Assistant Professors, University of Nottingham. Is a career move to education for you? Watch the two presentations below on Midwives moving to higher education – exploring the issues and Midwifery education in […]

SERIES 7 – EP.5 Addressing controversy in midwifery – abortion and bullying on the agenda

In this fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series seven, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Laura Godfrey-Isaacs and Amanda Burleigh. What does that leaked report from the US Supreme Court attempting to reverse the ruling of Roe versus Wade mean for women in the US and beyond? Laura considers what this means […]

SERIES 7 – EP.3 Career Spotlight

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series seven, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Michelle Steptoe, Senior Lecturer (SFHEA) – Course Director, HSC, Midwifery, London South Bank University (LSBU) and Chelone Lee-Wo, Consultant Midwife for Public Health, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. How much of a plan did you have for [...]

SERIES 7 – EP.2 International Day of the Midwife 2022

In this second episode of Midwifery Hour series seven, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Michelle Anderson, research midwife & writer, interested in perinatal mental health and NIHR RH&CB Champion, North Thames and Fazia Rehman, Midwife and Founder of the Raham Project. We were joined midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives [...]

SERIES 7 – EP.1 Highlights from the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival

In this first episode of Midwifery Hour series seven, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Independent Consultant, Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser, NCT and Dr Sally Pezaro, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Coventry University Watch the Maternity & Midwifery Hour highlights now: Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser, [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.13 Improving choices and care for women; groups, resources and services:

In this thirteenth episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Faiza Rehman, Founder, The Raham Project and Maddie McMahon, Doula It is really important that midwives listen to and work with women, organisations and individuals who will enrich their care. The Raham Project was set up for mothers and [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.12: Inspiring and supporting mothers and families: Parentcraft and antenatal education online

In this twelfth episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dianne Garland, Midwife Expert and Geraldine Hotham, Parent Education Midwife, HEYBaby, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Women and Children’s Hospital. For many years, parentcraft and preparation for childbirth and early parenting has been delivered face to face [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.11: Cleared for take-off – Reflections on continuity of care

In this eleventh episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor, King’s College London and Joanne Crawford, Head of Midwifery, General Manager for Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Health Care Group. And what does continuity of care mean for midwives, and for the service? [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.10: Providing care to pregnant and childbearing migrants/refugees

In this ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Rose McCarthy, NCT Expert Practitioner, Y&H Maternity Stream of Sanctuary and Wan, Expert by Experience, Y&H Maternity Stream of Sanctuary. The last couple of years have led to many people seeking a new, safe home in the [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.9: Developing Global Midwifery

In this ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Maeve O’Connell and Dr Georgina Sosa PhD, both Assistant Professors, Midwifery at Fatima College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates This session explores how midwifery and midwifery education are being developed around the world. Watch [...]

SERIES 6 – EP.8: Pregnant women in prison

In this eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series six, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Maria Garcia de Frutos, Midwifery Lecturer, University of London; Janey Starling, Strategy and Campaigns, Level Up and Suzy, an Expert by Experience. About 600 pregnant women enter prison in England each year, with about 50 pregnant at any […]

SERIES 5 – EP.11: Covid Mums – Covid Babies

In this tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Expert, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Maternal and Child Public Health, Swansea University. COVID-19 has impacted hugely on all of us, and in particular those in the health services. Maternity Services underwent massive changes in efforts to reduce […]

SERIES 5 – EP.10: Highlights from the Student Midwife Experience Festival 2021

In this tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, we have brought together the video presentations highlighted by the Maternity and Midwifery Forum after the very first National Student Midwife Experience Festival 2021 on 10 November. Catch up on the day and find out all about how to get the boxset of presentations from the […]

SERIES 5 – EP.9: Career Pathways – How I Got Here: Becoming and being a student midwife

In this ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Deepa Santhosh, Student Midwife (masters), Oxford Brookes University and Nicolette Porter, Student Midwife, Co-editor, The Student Midwife Journal. In this Maternity and Midwifery Hour, we hear from two student midwives, Deepa Santhosh and Nicolette Porter […]

SERIES 5 – EP.8: Relational connected care for future midwives

In this eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Anna Byrom, Creative Director, All4Maternity; Caitlin Wilson, Consultant Midwife, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust/University of Worcester and Professor Jenny Gamble, Professor of Midwifery, Centre for Care Excellence, UHCW and Coventry University; Director, Transforming Maternity Care […]

SERIES 5 – EP.7: Continuity of Care – part 2: the vision and the reality

In this seventh episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Dr Tracey Cooper MBE, Regional Chief Midwife for the North East and Yorkshire; Laura Rumsey, Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Sarah Petty, Head of Nursing and Midwifery, The Rotherham […]

SERIES 5 – EP.6: Complexity of care: Caring for women – our Afghan women

In this sixth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Sophie Russell, Consultant Midwife, Associate Director for Quality and Safety (Women’s Gynaecology, Sexual Health and Neonates), Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Michelle Lynch, Bereavement Midwife, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. How can midwives […]

SERIES 5 – EP.5: What next for continuity of care? – part 1

In this fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Dr Tracey Cooper MBE, Regional Chief Midwife for the North East and Yorkshire, Professor Trixie McAree, Professor of Midwifery and Maternal Health, Birmingham City University and Natalie Corden, Continuity Midwife; Blogger. Continuity is a significant […]

SERIES 5 – EP.4: Microbiome: Benefits for Baby

In this fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Dr Emer Gilligan, Regulatory Manager, WaterWipes and Claire Ryan, Midwife; Medical Science Liaison, WaterWipes. In this session the panel discuss preserving and promoting the natural development of the baby’s skin microbiome and why it is […]

SERIES 5 – EP.3: Nurturing midwives and student midwives

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series five, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Deepa Santhosh, Student Midwife (masters), Oxford Brookes University and Dr Sally Pezaro, Senior Lecturer – The Academic Midwife, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health | Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University. In this […]

SERIES 4 – EP.13: Nurturing and caring for the team

In this final episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Festival Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist was joined by Dr Jan Smith, Psychologist, Healthy You Ltd, Kara Davies, Midwives in Mind and Dr Tina South, Midwives in Mind. In this session the panel discuss effective psychological services for healthcare professionals and how they can […]

SERIES 4 – EP.12: International trends: Highlights from the 32nd ICM

In this twelfth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Neil Stewart, Editorial Director, Maternity & Midwifery Forum was joined by Kaveri Mayra, Postgraduate Research Student for Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton and Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant, Director for Clinical Governance, Waterbirth International; Author of Revisiting Waterbirth. The 32nd ICM Virtual Triennial Congress — […]

SERIES 4 – EP.11: Pelvic Floor Health

In this eleventh episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Abigail Holmes, Consultant Midwife, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Personal Trainer and Teresa Gernon, Women’s health advocate and founder of Epi-no UK. It is estimated that 7 […]

SERIES 4 – EP.10: Birth Trauma

In this tenth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Rachael McGraph, Volunteer Manager, Birth Trauma Association and Dr Maeve O’Connell, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University. About 30,000 women a year, according to the most recent research, experience birth trauma […]

SERIES 4 EP.8: Postnatal care – New NICE Guidelines

In this eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Nina Khazaezadeh, Consultant Midwife in Public Health, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and David Jewell, retired GP; Chair of NICE PNC Guideline Committee. The recently published NICE […]

SERIES 4 EP.7: Midwives, Menopause and more…

In this seventh episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Debra Holloway, Gynaecology Nurse Consultant and Chair of Women’s Health Forum, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The menopause will happen to all women and, as a […]

SERIES 4 EP.6: Being a new mum – the rhetoric and the reality

In this fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Professor Amy Brown, Professor, Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University. Professor Amy Brown is well known for her humorous and forthright approach to dissecting modern day media […]

SERIES 4 EP.5: Focussing on the fetus and newborn – the midwife’s role

In this fifth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Dr Mary Sheridan BEM, Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Lead and Midwifery Lecturer, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London and Sorcha Magee, Specialist […]

SERIES 4 EP.4: International Day of the Midwife – 5th May 2021

In this fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, London South Bank University and Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor in Midwifery at King’s College, London and Adjunct Professor at UTS and Griffith […]

SERIES 4 EP.3: Learning about culture, race and bias in midwifery practice’

In this third episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Neil Stewart, Editorial Director, Maternity & Midwifery Forum was joined by Alicia Burnett, Editor in Chief, Student Midwife Journal and Sheridan Thomas, Founding Partner, My MidwivesUK. Student Midwife, Rachel has reviewed this week’s episode: This weeks episode of the Midwifery Hour discussed the new All4Maternity e-learning […]

SERIES 4 EP.2: Midwives Getting Creative: methods in education and research

In this second episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Jenny Hall, Curator, MATFLIX and Lindsay Hobbs, Midwifery Lecturer, University of Bradford. Remember the knitted midwives of 2016? This hour explores creativity – including crafting, quilting and knitting. These skills are not […]

SERIES 4 EP.1: ‘The pen is mightier…’ Finding the Words: Sharing & influencing

In this first episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Natalie Corden, Continuity Midwife; Blogger and Leah Hazard, Author, Hard Pushed; Midwife. This session covered how important is it to be able to share and talk about issues within midwifery – the stresses, […]

SERIES 3 EP.12: Unconscious Bias

In this last episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Lola Ornato, Midwife, Whittington NHS Trust. This session discussed unconscious bias and reflected on the past year in maternity and midwifery. The Covid-19 pandemic has identified and exacerbated inequalities in our society, and […]

SERIES 3 EP.11: What women want: continuity of carer

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Stephanie Leach, Midwife, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Helen Hunt, Continuity Care Midwife, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. This session shared continuity of care from a midwife and new midwives’ perspective, illustrating some […]

SERIES 3 EP.10: Chai and chat with ASAMidwives

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Nafiza Anwar and Sundas Khalid, Co-Founders and Directors of Association of South Asian midwives CIC (ASAMidwives). This episode focused on the platform for the South Asian Midwifery Workforce and birthing community. This hour addressed […]

SERIES 3 EP.9: Let’s look at… Postnatal care

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Officer, NCT (New Parent Support) and Logan Van Lessen, Consultant Midwife, RCM Consultant Midwives UK. This episode focused on postnatal care and presented reflections over the last year of the […]

SERIES 3 EP.8: Further Challenges and Questions around Haemoglobinopathies

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Joyce Adu-Amankwah, Lead Midwife, Haemoglobinopathies, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Rachel Kesse-Adu, Consultant Haematologist, Guy’s ant St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Emma Draser, Haematology Consultant, The Whittington Hospital This episode […]

SERIES 3 EP.7: Key findings from the MBRRACE-UK Report

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Sue Macdonald, Curator, Maternity & Midwifery Festivals; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Kim Morley, ACP, INP, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse/Midwife and Joy Palmer, Midwife Expert and Educator. This episode focused on epilepsy and the recent MBRRACE Report. This hour covers key findings of the report and how […]

SERIES 3 EP.6: Nurturing positive mental health during the pandemic

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series three, Dr Sheena Byrom OBE, Director, All4Maternity was joined by Fatima Ezzahra Ghauoch, Continuity Lead Midwife, Northampton General Hospital, Sam Tennyson, Team Leader, Northampton General Hospital, Dr Becca Moore, Clinical Psychiatrist, NHS and Louise Speakman, Midwifery Educator, UCLan – School of Community Health and Midwifery This episode focused […]

SERIES 2 EP.10: Plastic and waste in maternity – what midwives can do

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series two, Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator and Chair, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Dr Lorna Davies, Academic Manager and Associate Head of Midwifery, Ara Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand and Ashley Artusa-Barrell, Founder and campaigner, My Son’s Planet. This episode focused on sustainability in maternity. […]

SERIES 2: ‘Scotland ONLINE Maternity and Midwifery Festival & Awards Highlights’ on #MidwiferyHour

In this episode of Midwifery Hour series two, Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator and Chair, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Professor Helen Cheyne, Professor of Maternity and Child Health Research and RCM Scotland, Professor of Midwifery Research, University of Stirling and Scotland’s Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP. This episode focused […]

SERIES 2: Episode 9 – Dismantling racism & inequalities in midwifery education

In this ninth episode of Midwifery Hour series two, Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery; Curator and Chair, Maternity and Midwifery Festivals was joined by Alicia Burnett, Editor in Chief of The Student Midwife Journal and Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, London South Bank University. This episode will focused on the demands and pressures COVID-19 has […]

SERIES 2: Episode 8 – Sickle cell and blood disorders in pregnancy

In this eighth episode of Midwifery Hour series two, Dr Jenny Hall, Editor, MATFLIX was joined by Rachel Kesse-Adu, Consultant Haematologist, Guy’s ant St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Joyce Adu-Amankwah, Specialist Haemoglobinopathies Midwife, St. George’s Hospital NHS Trust. This episode explores antenatal and newborn testing, care & family support for birthing woman with sickle […]

SERIES 2: Episode 7 – Caring for yourself and others

In this seventh episode of the new Midwifery Hour series Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Educationalist; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Jenny Clarke, ‘Jenny the Midwife’ and Maeve O’Connell, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University. The impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on everyone’s physical and mental health. As we head into winter and further lockdowns and restrictions […]

SERIES 2: Episode 6 – Educating tomorrow’s midwives: contemporary midwifery education

In this sixth episode of the new Midwifery Hour series Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Educationalist; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Dr Anna Coonan-Byrom, Senior Midwifery Lecturer; Facilitator of Learning; Placement Quality Project Lead, Sherrylynne Babolcsay, Midwifery Course Leader, University of Central Lancashire and Sarah Cordey, Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire. Midwifery education has changed […]

SERIES 2: Episode 5 – Building continuity of care in COVID-19

In this fifth episode of the new Midwifery Hour series Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Educationalist; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Mel Radford, Senior Midwife; Continuity of Carer Implementation Lead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Anna Byrom, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire. Continuity of Care (CoC) has been shown consistently as being a key part […]

SERIES 2: Episode 4 – Loss and bereavement: an empty cot

In this fourth episode of the new Midwifery Hour series Sue Macdonald, Midwifery Educationalist; Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery was joined by Clare Beesley, Bereavement Midwife, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Bereavement Team and Kirsty Knight, Co-founder and bereaved mum, 4Louis to discuss how mothers and families can be supported during this time. The loss of a […]

SERIES 2: Episode 3 – Where are we now with COVID-19?

In this third episode of the new Midwifery Hour series Professor Jim Thornton, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nottingham, discusses the evidence impacting on women, babies and maternity services 6 months on. Over the past 6 months, Professor Thornton has been collecting and evaluating the research and news reports discussing pregnancy, birth, and maternity services […]

SERIES 2: Episode 2 – Breaking through despite the odds

In this second episode of the new Midwifery Hour series, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu talks about her early life, her experiences as a young nurse, the issues that are dear to her heart, her optimism for the future and why bullying caused her to drop out of midwifery studies. This episode of the Maternity & Midwifery […]

SERIES 2: Episode 1 – Pandemic Planning: International Perspectives

Series 2 kicks off showcasing highlights from the summer festivals with 3 uncompromising presentations from internationally renowned midwifery experts from the USA, Uganda and Australia. Episode 1 focused on Pandemic Planning: International Perspectives combined to highlight issues around how COVID-19 has impacted where and how women can give birth to their babies. This episode of […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: BAME perspectives from the front line

The last of the series, episode 13 of Maternity and Midwifery Hour focused on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter combined to highlight issues around inequalities impacting the BAME population and healthcare professionals alike. This episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focused on BAME perspectives from the front line. […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Changing Times – Supporting Women’s Choices

The twelfth episode in the series of Maternity and Midwifery Hour focused on supporting women and birthing people to choose where and how to give birth to their babies. Since COVID-19 we have witnessed restrictions placed on women’s choices through the withdrawal of home birth services, closure of midwifery units and banning the use of […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Northern Maternity and Midwifery Festival

The third in the 2020 series of UK-wide festivals was entirely online, with over 2500 maternity and midwifery professionals and aspiring midwives come together virtually to tune into the live-stream. This episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focused on the highlights from the festival day on Tuesday 23 […]

Never miss an episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour

The Maternity & Midwifery Hour, created at the height of the #COVID19 crisis by the Maternity & Midwifery Forum and supported by MATFLIX, is growing week on week and has become a stable in the maternity calendar – every Wednesday at 7pm on Facebook. One midwife wrote on Facebook: “Having this weekly Midwifery Hour has […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Voices from student midwives during the COVID-19 crisis

The role of student midwives throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so far with thoughts for the future. The eleventh episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on the role of student midwives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outlining the journey so far providing information and discussion on how to […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Bereaved Families

The role of midwives when supporting bereaved families in clinical practise and the key principals of bereavement care. The tenth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on effective tools, knowledge and support for midwives to be empowered to address their own emotions and provide the best possible […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Human Rights in Maternity Care During COVID-19

The role of midwives in safeguarding women’s dignity and ensuring that they are treated with respect during pregnancy and birth. The ninth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on how midwives can safeguard women’s dignity and ensure that a high standard of respectful, dignified care is provided […]

MATFLIX supporting Sands Awareness Month

A donation will be made to Sands for every MATFLIX boxset sold in June 2020 June 2020 is Sands Awareness Month. The theme this year is: “Finding the words; supporting the NHS to support families”. Sands, the stillbirth & neonatal death charity is using the month to raise vital funds, improve support to anyone affected […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Preventing post-traumatic stress through compassionate care

The role of midwives in preventing post-traumatic stress through compassionate care in the context of COVID-19. The eighth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX –focuses on the need for compassionate midwifery care for women and for midwives, identifying two separate pioneering research studies. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: World Pre-eclampsia Day special

The role of midwives in pre-eclampsia; how testing, diagnosis and treatment has been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The seventh episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – has a special focus on pre-eclampsia for World Pre-eclampsia Day, 22 May 2020. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: COVID-19 and Infant Feeding

COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown have changed some of the issues women face around breastfeeding. The sixth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on regulatory perspectives. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Child Public Health, Department of Public […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Regulatory perspectives – how students and midwives can be supported and enabled

How these will impact students and midwives and the support available to healthcare professionals during the current pandemic. The fifth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on regulatory perspectives. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Dr Jacqui Williams, Senior Midwifery Advisor (Education), Education […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Maternity Staff through COVID 19

Reassignments, new patterns, personnel support.  The fourth episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on supporting maternity staff. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Professor Trixie McAree, (Professor of Midwifery and Maternal Health, Birmingham City University) and Dr Tracey Cooper MBE (Associate Chief Nurse (Midwifery), Warrington and […]

International Day of the Midwife

MATFLIX celebrates midwives with the Maternity & Midwifery Forum The theme for International Day of the Midwife 2020 is Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is NOW! MATFLIX – video streaming from maternity experts – is joining with the Maternity & Midwifery Forum in this spirt and together presenting a full […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting pregnant women, new mothers and families

Inspirational midwives ensure home births in COVID-19 lockdown The third episode of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on supporting pregnant women, new mothers and families. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Sarah Noble (Head of Midwifery, South Warwickshire NHS Trust) and Abigail Holmes (Consultant […]

The Midwife Patchwork 2020

MATFLIX boxset curator and colleague collaborate to create a memory of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 Dr Jenny Hall – boxset curator at MATFLIX – and her colleague Lindsay Hobbs are working together to bring the world of midwifery a 9 month plan to produce something to celebrate the Year of […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Students Stepping Up

Student midwives heading for the frontline in COVID-19 The second instalment of the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – proudly supported by MATFLIX – focuses on the students affected by the coronavirus crisis hitting global healthcare systems. Host Sue Macdonald (Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery textbook) was joined by Dr Anna Byrom (Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the University […]

Qualifying midwifery students are stepping up like never before

Special boxset offer for newly qualified midwives While qualifying and newly qualified midwives are answering the call of duty, MATFLIX is making its boxset for those new to working on the maternity unit available for a fraction of the original price – just £4.99. Get 50% off today. The COVID-19 crisis has hit every part […]

THE HIGHLIGHTS: Wellbeing Matters podcast

MATFLIX is proud to be supporting the Maternity and Midwifery Hour, a new programme, and podcast of the same name, hosted by our partners at Maternity & Midwifery Forum. The aim is for each episode to focus on a different component of the COVID-19 crisis and how it is affective the maternity and midwifery sector. […]

MATFLIX supports the Maternity & Midwifery Hour – Friday @7pm, Facebook

MATFLIX is supporting our partners at Maternity & Midwifery Forum, who in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis want to continue to share the latest information and advice to get you through this difficult time, have launched the Maternity and Midwifery Hour. It is a regular show for maternity professionals, led by maternity experts – right […]

NEW BOXSET: Maternity Transformation in England

The latest MATFLIX boxset, curated by Dr Jenny Hall is “Maternity Transformation in England”. It launches with a special two week price of just £9.99. BUY THE BOXSET TODAY Since the review of the maternity services Better Births in England in 2016, there has been progress underway in achieving the goals. In different areas of […]

MATFLIX – perfect for ‘flipped classroom’ learning says senior academic

Well before the COVID-19 crisis threw higher education into turmoil, with lecturers being called up to serve the NHS again and students being thrown in at the coal face of front line action, MATFLIX boxset curator Dr Jenny Hall talked about the ability of her expertly curated boxsets to form the basis of ‘flipped classrooms’. […]

NMC to extend revalidation by 3 months

Regulator will also postpone fitness to practise cases and encourage retired and student midwives to join midwifery workforce. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that it is extending the revalidation period for all currently registered midwives. From this month, midwives will have an additional three months from their current revalidation date to complete […]

MATFLIX visits Ireland

MATFLIX joined Ireland’s biggest event for midwives and healthcare professionals in Dublin this week. The All-Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival took place at the historic Croke Park stadium, and had more than 400 midwives in attendance, with 600 more watching the live stream. Headed by your boxset curator and former editor of the Practicing Midwife […]

Free MATFLIX boxset on Improving Care in Global Settings

To commemorate the World health Organisation’s “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” campaign, MATFLIX is making its video boxset, IMPROVING CARE IN GLOBAL SETTINGS, available for free to anyone who registers on the MATFLIX site. The needs of mothers and babies are important throughout the world. The care of midwives is essential to meet […]

New maternity CPD service launches

Today, MATFLIX – video streaming from maternity experts – launches ahead of the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2020 taking place in Earls Court. It brings digital video boxsets to midwives, midwifery students, and all healthcare professionals with an interest in maternity care. Powered by video presentations made at events organised by the Maternity & […]

International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

MATFLIX has joined the growing number of organisations celebrating the contribution of often under appreciated healthcare professionals by supporting the World Health Organisation’s Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 2020 has been chosen to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Considered the founder of modern nursing, she came to prominence […]

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