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MAMA Academy ‘Made to Measure’ campaign

In one of my ‘multitasking mummy’ roles I am Media Coordinator for the wonderful pregnancy charity MAMA Academy so I was delighted to be involved in the launch of the Made to Measure campaign which aims to reduce the UK’s shocking stillbirth rates – still among the highest in Western Europe. Made to Measure is… Continue reading MAMA Academy ‘Made to Measure’ campaign

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‘Nurturing New Families’: are doulas the Prince Charming to our Cinderella service?

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Doula UK Conference in London, in my professional Clinical Networks guise, to learn more about what they do and how we might learn from it to inform our work with NHS maternity services. The theme of the day was ‘Life after childbirth: supporting the transition to… Continue reading ‘Nurturing New Families’: are doulas the Prince Charming to our Cinderella service?

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support where it’s needed most – for NHS England

My latest guest post for NHS England is all about the support that the voluntary sector can provide that, for many reasons, the NHS cannot. I have focused on the issue of support in pregnancy, especially in terms of pregnancy loss. The care provided by charities to bereaved parents is invaluable. However, the increased emphasis… Continue reading support where it’s needed most – for NHS England

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reaching for the summit: the legacy of NHS Change Day – for NHS England

My new post for NHS England celebrates NHS Change Day and the NHS Innovation Expo – a real opportunity for those of us passionate about the NHS to make a change for the better. Thanks to all those who have contributed to and supported #BloggingForChange – a pledge I have committed to so don’t expect… Continue reading reaching for the summit: the legacy of NHS Change Day – for NHS England

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tea and toast: don’t feed the fears of childbirth

Save the Children UK have launched an admirable and worthy campaign to help end the unnecessary deaths of newborn babies around the world. An unacceptably tragic 1 million babies a year don’t live past their first day of life, with nearly 3 million not living to see their second month. The majority of these deaths… Continue reading tea and toast: don’t feed the fears of childbirth

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pledge power: how Change Day is inspiring the NHS – for NHS England

In my latest guest blog for NHS England, I take a look through some of the fantastic pledges being made by fellow NHS staff for Change Day, and think about the difference one little promise to do things better can make. There are few things more heartening as an NHS employee than reading the ever-increasing… Continue reading pledge power: how Change Day is inspiring the NHS – for NHS England