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What's in the latest issue of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 

The international academic journal designed to support you in your clinical practice, midwifery education, studies and research.

The peer reviewed RCM journal, Evidence Based Midwifery, is now a permanent section within the pages of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest.

This means subscribers to MIDIRS Midwifery Digest will be able to access even more high quality, evidence based content to support them in their studies and practice. Original articles, reprints and abstracts delivered to you each quarter.

What’s in the next issue?

The summer issue of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest offers a variety of compelling maternity care articles, covering the antenatal and postpartum period. Here, we look at just some of the articles that will appear in the next issue.

Hot Topic

New research explores midwives’ problematic substance use one year on from the first COVID-19 lockdown – Sally Pezaro, Karen Maher

Research Conference Special Issue Supplement

The NIHR 70@70 wins: providing research opportunities to midwives – Katherine Clark, Hayley Martin, Sophie Webster et al

An interpretative phenomenological analysis of experienced UK midwives within a profession that currently faces immense challenges – Esther Shalom

‘Leave no-one behind’ – supporting students to qualify during COVID-19 – Sarah Coiffait

A sudden shift – Nikki Lacey, Grace Thomas

Developing a virtual mentoring scheme for the UK Lead Midwife for Education Network – Professor Jayne Marshall

The CONVENE study: Understanding conversations to improve training for midwives – Jayne Wagstaff, Dr Magnus Hamann, Professor Louise Bryant et al

Experience of implementing the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in clinical practice; reviews of women and healthcare professionals – Dr Elizabeth Bailey, Kiera Madden

Antenatal care policy in high-income countries: an overview on the management of pregnancy past 40 weeks gestation – Andreia Soares Goncalves, Isabel Maria Ferreira, Ana Paula Prata et al

“There at every step of the way”. A qualitative study exploring how women at higher risk for preterm birth experience midwifery continuity of care (MCoC) – Lia Brigante, Kirstie Coxon, Christina Fernandez Turienzo et al

Birth ‘outside the system’ or broken by the system? A hermeneutic synthesis of women’s and midwives’ influences and experiences of alternative birth choices – Cherie Price

Exploring how to enhance healthcare worker wellbeing on a labour ward: insider participatory action research – Claire Wood, Professor Mary Chambers, Professor Jayne Marshall

The L-TEL Trial: Can an educational web-intervention, co-created by service users, affect nulliparous women’s experiences of early labour? (A randomised controlled trial) – Rebecca Edwards, Professor Sue Way, Professor Vanora Hundley

A survey exploring women’s use of mobile apps in labour in the United Kingdom – Holly Lovell, James Harris

Impact of COVID-19 on UK midwifery-led service provision during the first wave of the pandemic – Alessandra Morelli, Rachel Rowe

Midwives’ perceptions and experiences of using Facebook groups to support families – Holly Morse, Professor Amy Brown

How women with female genital mutilation (FGM) experience postpartum care using the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), a focused ethnographic study – Rebecca Seymour, Professor Hazel Barrett, Professor Katherine Brown et al

Understand how to best support mum and baby bonding through daily care routine – lène Zunino, Aurélie Coubart, Katie Rotella

Midwifery & Education

Immigration and health inequalities – how to improve the provision of maternity services among non-UK born mothers from the European Union (EU) – Julia Bull

Can the use of gamification enhance experience and deepen knowledge in midwifery education? – Claire McKellow

Assessment of the relationship between Lithuanian midwives’ work environment and psycho-emotional well-being: systematic review – Vita Vaičienė, Jūratė Macijauskienė, Aurelija Blaževiĉienė


Pregnancy in prison – a literature review. Part 1: organisation of care – Caroline Snow, Magdalena Ohaja

What factors influence women’s awareness/knowledge of cytomegalovirus in pregnancy? – Joanne Hamilton

Autonomy in pregnancy: The legal and ethical implications of COVID-19 and the suspension of out-of-hospital birth options – Emma Chambers

Labour & Birth

What factors inhibit women’s choice around birthing positions in the second stage of labour? A literature review – Lauren Jones

What are the lived experiences of women who freebirth, and what is the relevance to midwifery practice in the UK? – Lucy Buddingwood

Use of music during vaginal birth and caesarean section: an interprofessional study – Philip Hepp, Markus Fleisch, Kathrin Hasselbach et al


Exploring women’s experiences of sexuality and intimacy following obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI): a qualitative feminist perspective – Hannah Reid

Investigating low-risk women’s experiences of postpartum urinary incontinence – Sophie Wilkins

Neonatal & Infant Nutrition

Infant feeding initiation practices in the context of COVID-19 lockdown – Vincenzo Zanardo, Domenico Tortora, Pietro Guerrini et al

Comparison of levonorgestrel level and creamatocrit in milk following immediate versus delayed postpartum placement of the levonorgestrel IUD – Niaree G Hopelian, Rebecca G Simmons, Jessica N Sanders et al

Breastfeeding, prenatal depression and children’s IQ and behaviour: a test of a moderation model – Rita Amiel Castro, Vivette Glover, Ulrike Ehlert et al

All day-long pacifier use and intelligence quotient in childhood: a birth cohort study – Elsa R J Giugliani, Erissandra Gomes, Iná S Santos et al

Evidence Based Midwifery

Women’s opinions about their birth partners staying overnight on the postnatal wards – Charlie Barber, Elizabeth Cluett

Antenatal Education class provision across maternity services in England: information provided from national surveys of heads of midwifery and facilitators of antenatal education – Helen Spiby, Jane Stewart, Kim Watts et al