It’s a busy time right now for midwives, as we celebrate International Day of the Midwife on Monday 5th May, and as midwives across the world prepare to come together for the 30th ICM Congress in Prague from 1st-5th June. In her editorial Essentially MIDIRS Editor, Michelle Anderson, discusses the importance of unity in the midwifery world, to strengthen midwifery connections and support common goals – such as breaking the cycle of poor maternity care in countries where maternal mortality and morbidity rates are high.
This month in Essentially MIDIRS, our lead article comes from Sonjii de l’Eprevier, Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust in London, UK. Sonjii gives a midwifery perspective on vitamin D deficiency and highlights the pivotal role midwives play in identifying women who may be at high-risk of developing vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. Here is a sneak preview of her article…
Breaking the cycle of vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy: a midwife’s perspective
– by Sonjii de l’Eprevier
“Vitamin D is crucial for the maintenance of optimum bone health and skeletal development. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, which stimulates synthesis in the skin (Figure 1), although dietary intake also has significant value (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) 2007). Vitamin D deficiency results in bone deformation due to inadequate mineralisation of calcium, recognised as rickets in children or osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults (Holick 2005, Holvik et al 2005) (ramirez). The deficiency has also been implicated in a diverse range of illnesses such as atopic allergies, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and pregnancy complications (SACN 2007, Urrutia & Thorp 2012); however the role played by vitamin D in pregnancy and lactation, in relation to outcome, is not yet fully understood (Callaghan et al 2006, Patsy et al 2011)…”
Other articles in Essentially MIDIRS this month include:
Women surviving war
Essentially MIDIRS Editor, Michelle Anderson, interviews Nageena Ahmed about her ground-breaking new charity to help women in Syria.
Views from the frontline
A consultant midwife from Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, explains what happened when one maternity unit did not offer an epidural service for women in labour.
The fourth trimester
An antenatal teacher explores the concept behind the term, fourth trimester, and reviews the parenting literature in this area.
Neonatal skin care: authors’ response
Tina Lavender, Carol Bedwell, Mark Turner, Mike Cork and Stephen Roberts respond to last month’s article by Grainne Brennan.
Collaborative working: Supporting pregnant women with HIV
A specialist social worker describes his work with individuals affected by HIV
Paul J Elfick
Our brand new student-focused section, Student Voice, features three reflections from students on their first clinical placement
Rebecca Dixon Wright, Gemma Sykes & Katherine Pritchard
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