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Glasgow maternity hospital achieves UNICEF accreditation

The maternity hospital at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (PRMH) in Glasgow is the first in Scotland to achieve UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.

Hot Topic March 2018: ‘Straight outta vagina’ – how depictions of violence and abuse towards women’s bodies in Western art, media and culture can be seen to influence and perpetuate the incidence of ‘obstetric violence’ in maternity care

By Laura Godfrey-Isaacs  In the music video ‘Straight outta vagina’ by post-punk Russian feminist group Pussy Riot (2016), we are entertained by the repeated chorus: ‘Don’t play stupid, don’t play dumb, vagina’s where you’re really from.’ This anthem is a glorious counter to the pervasive culture of sexual abuse allegations, body shaming, exploitation, violence and abuse perpetuated against women, represented by the litany of appalling statistics for violence against women and girls (UN Women 2015) and characterised as ‘rape culture’ by some feminist theorists (Buchwald et al 2005).

NHS North West London launches information booklet for families

An information booklet has been launched by NHS North West London to help women and their families when they leave hospital following childbirth.

A midwife volunteer – working in a regional hospital and birth centre in Haiti

Midwife Gitte Mathew volunteered for three weeks in Haiti as part of ‘Midwives for Haiti’, an American NGO formed after the earthquake of 2010 with the aim of improving the skills of Traditional Birth Attendants, encouraging safe practice and the establishment of midwifery training schemes for local people.

40% of UK babies not receiving Optimal Cord Clamping, suggests survey

Survey results from the Positive Birth Movement show that 40% of UK babies did not receive Optimal Cord Clamping, despite NICE guideline recommendations.

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