Midwifery

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UK women forced to wear face masks during labour, charity finds
Survey of 936 women in December shows nearly one in five made to cover up, despite official guidance to contrary

Hannah Summers

14, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds
Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently needed

Liz Ford

06, May, 2021 @6:15 AM

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Unions urge Sunak to reconsider 1% pay rise for NHS England staff
BMA, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and Unison say pay recommendation ‘fails the test of honesty’

Nadeem Badshah

06, Mar, 2021 @10:29 AM

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Edith Whyatt obituary
Other Lives: Wartime refugee from Nazi Germany who settled in the UK and trained as a midwife

Peter Whyatt

31, Jan, 2021 @2:05 PM

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'We're being asked to do too much': NHS staff on fighting the second wave
Six healthcare workers share how they are coping after nearly a year on the UK’s Covid frontline

Molly Blackall

21, Jan, 2021 @10:33 AM

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Government would recover 81% of cost of pay rise for NHS England staff – report
Study commissioned by NHS unions argues initial cost would be offset by increased tax revenues

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

18, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Parents caught up in NHS maternity scandal 'feel huge guilt'
Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals did not listen to complaints of parents, Donna Ockenden tells MPs

Matthew Weaver

15, Dec, 2020 @1:52 PM

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The Observer view on the inquiry into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust | Editorial
The distressing interim report finds repeated failures resulting in disabilities and death

Observer editorial

13, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Midwives and doctors at odds over 'normal' births in English hospitals
Chief inspector of hospitals had raised concerns of ‘cultural division’ in approaches to childbirth

Alexandra Topping

11, Dec, 2020 @5:50 PM

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More than 75% of NHS midwives think staffing levels unsafe, says RCM
Exclusive: survey findings reveal services at breakpoint and a profession working in fear

Alexandra Topping

16, Nov, 2020 @7:00 AM

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'Something has to be done': tackling the UK's Black maternal health problem
As the issue is raised in parliament, two women are campaigning for change within the medical community

Alexandra Topping

02, Oct, 2020 @1:58 PM

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Families still waiting for answers over baby deaths at Shrewsbury and Telford
Some relatives fear scandal could be even bigger than hospital trust is letting on

Matthew Weaver

21, Jul, 2020 @4:30 PM

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