Good to see pregnant women are having flu and whooping cough vaccinations. The uptake is definitely increasing and the majority of mums are now protecting themselves and their babies. As Midwives we constantly discuss and promote this vital aspect of antenatal care.
I have been a midwifery mentor to many students over the past 25 years and have to say I have had nothing but good students who have performed generally well. Where there has been issues around student performance I have involved the university at an early stage and action planned in order to support the student and also ensure that my concerns were addressed. Aggression shown to mentors is appalling and cannot be tolerated. We need good selection of students early intervention were there are problems with students and good university support.
I welcome a review of pregnant and post natal women prisoners. Often women are imprisoned following a negative upbringing. Often they fall into crime because they have to battle for their lives, often victims of domestic violence, rape and other factors. Families are broken and children suffer from their mothers imprisonment. Suicide, self harm and drug taking is a problem in our prisons and a review is much overdue. We need to nurture ,re educate and raise self esteem in order to help and protect vulnerable women and their families.
I have just completed placement hours on a return to nurse practice programme. Despite all of the pressures of workload and having enough mentors I have nothing but praise for the area where I was placed. I learned a lot from the placement my mentor was supportive and staff very welcoming and appreciative of my involvement on the department.