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EDITORIAL Whatever happened to safety in numbers? Madeleine Murphy


BIRTHWRITE Nurturing tomorrow’s leaders Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent 758

COMMENT Ethics of egg freezing George Winter


Vitamin B12 deficiency Samantha Nash


CONFERENCE REPORT Safety, standards and experience in the midwifery profes sion Jonathan Cliffe 766

CLINICAL PRACTICE Immune thrombocytopaenia in pregnancy: Key principles for the midwife Carol Hindley 768






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EDUCATION Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of compassionate mind tr aining Elaine Beaumont and Caroline J Hollins Martin 777

University midwifery societies: Support for student midwives, by s tudent midwives Alison Power and Ilaria Grzelak 787

Navigating the midwifery undergraduate programme: Is resilience the key? Jacqui Williams 790

British Journal of Midwifery • November 2016 • Vol 24, No 11

Volume 24 Number 11 November 2016

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Factors influencing postnatal weight management 806

RESEARCH The case for developing an online intervention to support midwives in work-related psychological distress Sally Pezaro 799

Factors influencing engagement in postnatal weight management and weight and wellbeing out comes Amanda Avery, Sarah Hillier, Carolyn Pallister, Jenny Barber and Jacquie Lavin 806

LEGAL Midwives must do more to comply with health car e sharps regulations Richard Griffith 814



MIDWIFE BLOG Acting up as the labour ward matron Sophie Windsor 818


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