lisamct

lisamct

learning disabilities/midwifery

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lisamct specializes in learning disabilities/midwifery.

Ive just qualified as a midwife in Glasgow after spending 10 years as a learning disability nurse in my previous life.

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  1. Nursing to be all degree in England..

    I think its interesting that Midwifery became a degree only profession in 2008 and didn't receive one inch of media coverage but it happens in Nursing and its widely reported. Im genuinely interested in why this might be the case (other than the fac...
  2. UK Hospitals Policies ???

    Our hospital policy is still no mobile phone use and still has all the signs up banning the use of mobile phones and Im pretty sure the main medical building keeps to this ban. However in maternity, where I am, mobile phones are used pretty freely i...
  3. Very true. Im sure our home birth and 6hr discharge rate is due to womens reluctance to be admitted to the post natal wards and I dont blame them. On several occasions Ive had to transfer women from our midwifery led unit to out consultant unit and t...
  4. I totally agree, quite often it doesnt feel safe either. They do try to have 2 midwives on a night shift but often that can be 1 MW with a support worker or, on occasion one MW on her own. Only the basics are done at night, in the main its mostly bre...
  5. No nursery's here, babies and mums are together 24/7. Us midwives do try to help out at night on the post natal wards as much as possible but often on a night shift there is only 1 of us to up to 16 mums and babies so often its just not possible.
  6. For a UK perspective we have no visitors in labour ward at all. Women can have 1 support person with them during labour/birth or on occasion 2. but only with special permission from whoever is in charge and doesnt happen very often. We dont even have...
  7. Midwife pay progression

    Ive just qualified (Sept 08) as a midwife in Scotland, sadly what band you start on and how long it takes you to progress up the ladder depends greatly on where geographically you plan to work (AfC has done nothing to provide equality in midwifery ba...
  8. Elective Primary C/S

    Fantastic to hear, good for her! I think statistics still show that Moxibustion is just as effective, if not more so, at turning breech babies than ECV as well as being less interventional and therefore safer for all involved. Our docs dont personal...
  9. Elective Primary C/S

    Being in the UK we dont have the financial issues you guys in the US have with insurance etc but one of the big things recently where I am that has reduced the amount of elective c/s in general has been the change in timing of offering the procedure ...
  10. Pain Meds and Epidural's during laboor

    There was some research noted in the BJM recently which suggested that the earlier in labour an epidural was sited the less of an effect it had on the duration of labour itself, if I can find the reference I'll post it. As others have said individual...
  11. Elective Primary C/S

    Im sorry but to say C/S is not detrimental to babies or mothers (which Im assuming your also suggesting) is pretty inaccurate. C/S puts babies at risk of respiratory problems, diabetes, hypertension, adult mental health issues, injury from surgery i...
  12. How often are your postpartum vital signs and assessments?

    Vaginal deliveries - In labour ward; Once within 30mons of delivery and again prior to transfer - Once in in-patient ward; Once daily C/S - In recovery area; 5mins x4, 15mins x2 30minx4 - In in-patient area; On admiss...
  13. Baby in a bag!

    Ive supported a couple of women birthing babies still in intact membranes, I just leave them intact until the baby is born and then rupture them then if they havent gone spontaneously during the birth. I guess (certainly where I work) we dont artific...
  14. amount of time alotted from recovery to pp unit

    Our expected time limit to transfer to post natal ward is 2 hours from delivery (regardless of type of delivery) This doesnt always happen however, either due to labour ward issues (difficulty getting babies to latch on and feed, mums not well enoug...
  15. Postpartum hemorrhage kit

    We do manual removals of clots here too but just using the usual mid-forearm length sterile gloves. We do have full arm length gloves that we use in the birthing pool so it might be an idea to stick a few pairs in the pph box. I forgot we do also kee...