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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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