What I’ve been reading in November 2018

This month has seen lots of useful resources and materials being shared and I’m including the ones I found most helpful. As ever if you don’t have access email the lead author and ask for copies.


Academic papers

British Journal of Midwifery Childbearing women’s experiences of midwives’ workplace distress: Patient and public involvement

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Persistent inaccuracies in completion of medical certificates of stillbirth: A cross‐sectional study


Reports, guidance and standards

WHO recommendations: non-clinical interventions to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections

Revolving Doors Making better birth a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

All4Maternity Should women’s right to maternal request caesarean section be promoted?

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  Each Baby Counts 2018 progress report and related report in the BMJ.

MMBRACE Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2014–16. 

Nursing Times ‘Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages’


Media and Blogs

Calculating stillbirth risk is a rudimentary science – here’s how to move forward

When ‘what’s on your mind’ is tragic, not happy – sharing sad news on social media

Nursing Clio Seeking Health and Doing Harm: Gender Bias, Medical Sexism, and Women’s Encounters with Modern Medicine

Medicins Sans Frontiers midwife reflects on her experiences

Modern Loss – What Not to say to someone who has miscarried

Globe and Mail If a whale can hold its dead calf for days, why can’t human parents do the same?

Nursing Clio’s series on pregnancy loss



Refuge in Grief 30 Day writing retreat (the book is well worth reading also!)

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig and Chris Mould (written for children but useful for adults also)

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay by Sheila Walsh

Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss by Kim Kluger Bell


Further study

SANDS template letters for parents whose baby has died before and after birth


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