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EDITORIAL Advancing attitudes towards maternal age Madeleine Murphy 681

BIRTHWRITE From medicalisation to humanisation Lesley Page 682

COMMENT Alcohol, pregnancy and the precautionary principle George Winter


Optimum care for disabled women Madeleine Murphy 686

Working to put clean water at the heart of health care Kate Norgrove 689

REVALIDATION Personal reflection: A midwifery educator’s revalidation experience Elinor Clarke 691






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CLINICAL PRACTICE What should midwives know about Zika virus infection? Cristina Fernandez Turienzo and Michael Brown 694

SERVICE AUDIT Choice of planned place of birth for women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus Anna Maria Brown, Devannas Rajeswari and Angie Bowles 702

PROFESSIONAL Being ‘with woman’ in contemporary midwifery practice: One Trust’s response to the Francis report Alison Power, Sue Davidson and Kathy Patrick 711

British Journal of Midwifery • October 2016 • Vol 24, No 10

Volume 24 Number 10

October 2016






What should midwives know about Zika? 694

RESEARCH Experiences of student midwives in the care of women with perinatal loss: A qualitative descriptive study Reem Alghamdi and Patricia Jarrett 715

LITERATURE REVIEW Should midwives consider associated psychological factors when caring for women who are obese? Maureen Wahedi 724

EDUCATION Getting to grips with Statistics: Understanding variables Malcolm Campbell 738

LEGAL Records: What to include Richard Griffith


BOOK REVIEW Launching Your Career in Nursing and Midwifery: A Practical Guide Sue Pope 747


MIDWIFE BLOG Investigating stillbirths Sophie Windsor




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