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Using breastfeeding data to inform service development locally - Coleen Milligan

We know the importance of understanding what’s happening locally and how this compares to other areas. Without it how do we know where we need to focus our efforts to have the most impact on improving the health of the …

Celebrating Breastfeeding - Viv Bennett

This week we are celebrating breastfeeding, this gives a real opportunity to focus on the benefits and impact on long term outcomes for both mother and baby including healthy weight, protection from infection and safety. World Health Organisation recommends that …

Healthier weight promotion for children: consistent messages - Loretta Sollars and Charlene Mulhern

We know children who stay a healthy weight and lead a healthy lifestyle tend to be fitter, healthier, have better attendance in school and be more self-confident. Health and care professionals are in a unique position to enable children, young people and …

International Day of the Midwife 2018 - Smoking in Pregnancy - by Jane Scattergood

Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to both the mother and their unborn child.  It is the main modifiable risk factor associated with a range of poor pregnancy outcomes. Although rates are lower than in the past, just under 11% of …

Safe sleeping – supporting parents - Wendy Nicholson

This week it is the Lullaby Trust’s ‘Safer sleeping’  week –  the week aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and  evidenced advice on how parents  can reduce the risk of it occurring. SIDS is multi-factorial. However, …

A supported and up-skilled maternity workforce is vital to reduce smoking in pregnancy - Viv Bennett and Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent

The harmfulness of smoking in pregnancy is well known and what a healthcare practitioner (HCP) does and says at both the pre-conception and pregnancy stage really matters for increasing the number women having a smokefree pregnancy. Smoking remains the leading …