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February 16, 2016

End to Rubella Screening

From 1st April 2016 the rubella screening programme for pregnant woman is ending in England. The rationale to end screening for rubella susceptibility includes: rubella infection in the UK is at a level defined as eliminated by the World Health Organisation screening for rubella susceptibility in pregnancy does not give any protection to the unborn […]


February 28, 2015

Independent midwives shortlisted for British Journal of Midwifery Awards 2015

IMUK are very proud to announce that three of our members have been shortlisted for the prestigious British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) awards 2015. Angela Horler of North Surrey Midwives and Erika Thompson of Wessex Independent Midwives & Salisbury NHS Trust are both shortlisted in the Community Midwife of the Year category. This category highlights […]

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February 7, 2015

Essentially MIDIRS – Mariamni Plested on oxytocin augmentation and behavioural effects

Mariamni Plested considers whether artificial oxytocin augmentation and behavioural effects in this month’s edition of Essentially MIDIRS (with thanks to Essentially MIDIRS for allowing us to publish here).

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January 22, 2015

Booking Now: ‘Making the Move’ Workshop 18th February 2015

IMUK ‘Making the Move’ workshops are aimed at registered midwives and student midwives who are considering self-employed independent midwifery practice. These informal but practical workshops give attendees plenty of time to discuss the joys, challenges and processes of setting up in independent midwifery practice as well as the chance to meet established independent midwives for […]

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January 6, 2015

Newborn babies screened for more rare conditions

Public Health England has confirmed that every newborn baby in England will be screened for four rare inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs) from 5th January 2015. The UK National Screening Committee recommended that four new IMDs were added to newborn blood spot screening in the UK. The diseases; homocystinuria (HCU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), glutaric […]

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December 3, 2014

Updated NICE guidance

NICE guidance updated today confirms that midwife-led care during labour is safest for women with straightforward pregnancies. Nearly 700,000 babies were born in England and Wales last year. Nine out of 10 babies are delivered in hospital under the ultimate supervision of obstetricians, but NICE wants women to be given greater freedom to choose where […]

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April 3, 2013

MIDIRS: Birth noises and normal birth; midwifery by ear

Liz Nightingale writes for Essentially MIDIRS.  With thanks to MIDIRS for allowing us to publish here.

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March 3, 2010

The Practicing Midwife: Independent midwives and Doctors

Independent midwife Liz Nightingale examine why teamwork with NHS colleagues, though essential, can be hard to achieve. (with thanks to The Practicing Midwife for allowing us to publish here).

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