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Interesting piece about nursing – communication, engagement and the empowered service user – does this resonate with mental health nurses?

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Some years ago, when I was doing a Masters module on Women’s Health, the class was given a couple of newspaper articles to read. The first one dated from somewhere around the middle of the twentieth century and told sad the story of a new father who, hoping to be present at the birth of his child, had instead had the door of the labour room slammed in his face because at the time such things ‘simply weren’t done’.

The second article was also about a father’s experience of childbirth, but was more recent. By the time it was written, social mores had been turned on their heads and paternal presence at the birth, once unconscionable, was now more-or-less obligatory. But this particular man, for perfectly good reasons, felt that he would rather wait outside – only to find himself hustled willy nilly into the delivery suite because for the…

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