Policy case study article, looking at the challenges faced in midwifery care when babies are removed from their parents' care at birth.

The removal of a newborn baby from a mother who is still recovering in hospital is a deeply distressing, intrusive and emotionally impactful event for all involved. Although the number of newborn removals has risen, increased support for those involved has not followed the same pace. At a healthcare professional level, the impact of care proceedings and removals at birth on the midwifery workforce cannot be underestimated and has been described as one of the most challenging aspects of contemporary midwifery practice. 

By Kaat De Backer, Kate Chivers, Claire Mason, Jane Sandall, Abigail Easter.

Published in the European Journal of Midwifery.

Removal at birth and its challenges for midwifery care
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