This new campaign is so incredibly relevant right now.
Women are getting asked to go home from hospital earlier and earlier. My hospital now has an “enhanced recovery bay” that aims to send all women who are well after having a cesarean home the day after they have their baby.
Abdominal surgery can be difficult enough to recover from, never mind when you have a brand new baby to care for. Your entire core is sore, you don’t realise how much you use those muscles until you can’t use them as effectively because they’ve been messed with.
Going home on day one should be a choice. NICE guidelines say day 1 discharge should be offered. That means we shouldn’t be advising women to go home just because we can.
The same goes for women who need extra pain management, or feel they’d benefit from more support with breastfeeding. They should be able to stay.
But don’t get me wrong, it’s not the staff’s fault. Women are being discharged because the hospital is too small, there’s not enough beds or staff for women to stay longer than a day or two when they are clinically and obstetrically well.
Things desperately need to change, but with more maternity units closing down, I can’t see it happening any time soon.
“To celebrate this years IDM and help raise funds for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the RCM are asking members to embrace their creative sides and get baking midwifery inspired cakes. ”
Organisations to be aware of if you’re applying for/just started midwifery training in the UK:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - produce maternity guidelines that are the base for most hospital policies.
Royal College of Midwives (RCM) - midwifery trade union that campaigns and assists women and midwives alike.
Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) - regulator for nursing and midwifery. To practice in the UK, you need to be registered with them. They also deal with malpractice issues, which can be viewed here.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) - Like NICE, produce guidelines from the best available evidence.
British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) - academic journal that publishes new studies, trials and reviews in order to constantly question and update midwifery practice. This is a paid subscription journal and not cheap, but a lot of people like to get it. MIDIRS is a more affordable journal some people subscribe to.
Student Midwife.NET (SMNET) - Online community supported by the RCM. Chock full of information and advice, and absolutely crucial if you’re applying for midwifery at the moment. Meet others, get help with your personal statement, have a look at mock interview questions and get prepared.
"The risk of maternal complications and preterm deliveries is significantly higher for women undergoing five or more CS births, according to new research published by the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology."
Sigh. Can’t say I’m surprised.
How exactly can we be expected to provide good care when the units are so understaffed?
I wish the government would wake up to this. It’s getting ridiculous.
This is an absolute must watch!
The Royal College of Midwives have introduced their “Campaign for Normal Birth”, and as part of it have produced several videos showing different positions that can be used in labour.
They even show positions that can be adopted when continuous monitoring of the baby’s heart rate is taking place.
It’s all about getting women off their backs and into labour-supportive positions.
Click here to see the videos.
Has your birth centre been closed down? Are you seeing newly-qualified midwives struggling for jobs, despite hospitals being so understaffed? Do you feel that you weren’t given the care you wanted due to these cuts?
The Royal College of Midwives want to hear from UK mothers how the current cuts, closures and shortages in the maternity services are affecting you and the area you live in.
Fill in this small report and have your say. Every report helps the RCM prove to the government that more needs to be done!