Children's week, Midwifery and birth

Young People Week of action 2014

Public Health England’s mission is “to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities”

The Director of Nursing at The Dept of Health Viv Bennett (@VivJBennett on twitter) states that

“All of the evidence shows that a healthy start for children is essential for health and well-being and for a healthy future. Ensuring a healthy start is a major public health priority”

Public Health England (@PHE_uk) have a web site full of resources and information click here

As a clinical midwife I promote immediate skin to skin contact between mothers and their newborn regardless of type of birh. It is imperative that health care professional do not preach to those they care for.
If you are with a woman who has given birth, quietly explain what is happening and put the emphasis on the intelligence of the newborn by highlighting certain behaviour and movements that the baby makes.
I’ve been a midwife for over 21 years yet I am still learning about a newborn’s instinctual behaviour. Midwives have a unique role – which other health professional is present at every birth? We have a wealth of knowledge and information to share with parents. It is part of our role to facilitate parents into gaining a thirst for this knowledge and focus on a partnership with families.
It is complex to visualise how something we do in the present moment could have an effect on our future health. Babies cannot communicate verbally but through highly intelligent behaviour they can move themselves and crawl towards their mothers breasts – an innate instinct – the desire to feed is imprinted into our DNA to aid survival. and it also facilitates the forming of a bond between the newborn and the birth mother.
#ifbabiescouldtalk is a hashtag I use on Twitter to try and make us all think differently about babies – in my eyes – a baby would choose skin to skin contact immediately at birth , a baby would choose to breast feed and a baby would choose to not have parents who smoke .
Perhaps what I’m trying to say for “Young people week of Action” let’s remember that babies become children-become teenagers-become adults and that by giving them the best possible start in life we are making the future brighter.

If you are interested in more information about Maternal and infant bonding this is a brilliant site written and maintained by Felicity Stockwell please click here – Felicity recommends that you go through the website at your own pace as there is a lot to take in

Apologies as this blog was lost in the ether so I had to rewrite today from my notes



Bright Friday

This post by Good Palpations makes you think about Life and about death – but more than that it made me think about the dash between those two things that happen to us all “Life -dash – Death” fill your life up – help each other and look out for others as well as yourself – tell people how you really feel – and find out how others really feel too – you never know ………. Thankyou Heather you’ve made me think 🌟

Good Palpations

Dumbing down the science as much as possible, I will tell you that the “colour” black isn’t a colour at all; it downright refuses to reflect any of the colours that light bounces against it. Rams all the colour into it and keeps it for itself. Greedy black.

So Black Friday is well named, isn’t it really? Judging by recent footage people are rammed into a small space and greedily grab as much as they can carry.

I used to work as a customer service assistant at The Bear Factory (now Build-a-Bear) – yes it was as awesome as it sounds…until it was very, very crowded and people lost sight of the fact that they were getting cross about pricing ON A FOOTBALL KIT FOR A BEAR. In a buzzing crowd, it’s easy to lose perspective, I guess.

Perspective: this is one of my friends from school, bright, enthusiastic…

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Midwifery and birth

Language motherhood and midwifery

In my opinion Postnatal Care starts as soon as the baby is born.
When a woman holds her newborn in her arms that is the moment she becomes a mother to that child. Not all women get the chance to continue their life as a mother in a tangible way – some newborns do not survive some are removed soon after they are born. It is both crucial and paramount that memories made during pregnancy and birth are good ones – kind empathetic words said are never forgotten – a touch and/or a hug towards women, parents and birth partners will be forever retained in lifelong memories
Think of how you as a midwife may chat in the corridor or office of your Trust and continuously consider how you speak about the people you are with as well as the women and families you care for . Think of how you talk about your colleagues as well. We are submerged into our role on a daily basis and we must choose our words wisely when handing over care , during ward rounds , in clinical settings and the office environment – don’t be dragged into the culture of “room 3 is delivered” challenge words deeds and thoughts for the sake of feminism and equality .
Recently I overheard someone call a woman a ‘wuss’ and despite wanting to shout out I decided that a calm approach away from others was more beneficial – I wanted to help that person think about this label .
I took the person to a quiet room on the pretext of showing an article in a journal and said
“I’ve two questions for you – the first is ‘are you a feminist ?’ The 2nd ‘is birth a feminist issue ?’ ”
The person replied “err I’m not sure”
I then said “if you found out someone like you had called your mother a ‘wuss’ when she was giving birth to you how would you feel?”
This led to a lightbulb moment for this person and our conversation led onto feminism and the medicalisation of childbirth – we are now firm friends – and I’ve even heard this same person talking about feminism to other staff.
Challenging someone does not need to be aggressive it should be to inspire thought and to change mindset – we are all learning and sometimes we need to stop think and consider our words – if you do you’ll realise how your positive approach can soon spread . Be kind with your language
I’d like to thank Sheena Byrom for writing so much about language around midwifery and obstetrics – and making me think of how I speak each and every day