Promoting evidence-based practice and raising concerns: considerations for the newly qualified midwife

Katie Allen, Gail Anderson

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Although newly-qualified midwives have achieved the professional standards required to become autonomous practitioners, many doubt their capabilities and decision-making skills, often comparing their limited clinical experience to that of senior midwives. As a result, it may prove challenging to ensure that evidence-based practice and the professional standards are upheld when confronted with resistance to change in practice. This article will discuss these challenges for the newly-qualified midwife, exploring the promotion of evidence-based practice in relation to providing breastfeeding support and advice; dealing with poor professional practice in relation to supporting mothers to breastfeed; and the stigmatised issue of whistle-blowing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-459
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number7
Early online date02 Jul 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 02 Jul 2019



  • new midwifery registrant
  • breastfeeding
  • whistle blowing
  • professional support
  • evidence based practice
  • raising concerns

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