Melanie Haith-Cooper

Senior lecturer in midwifery and director of postgraduate research, University of Bradford

Destitution in pregnancy: forced migrant women's lived experiences

Evidence suggests that across the UK, forced pregnant migrant women are increasingly becoming destitute (Carter, 2017; Petch et al, 2015) Forced migrants are people who have been coerced or forced to...

Diet and physical activity in pregnancy: a study exploring women's beliefs and behaviours

In the UK, 19% of women of childbearing age are reported to be obese (BMI >30kg/m2) and 26% are reported to be overweight (BMI >25kg/m2) (Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2016) Being obese...

The experiences of pregnant migrant women in detention: A qualitative study

Pregnant migrant women can be held in detention in the UK for a number of reasons These include on arrival, while awaiting a decision on their right to entry; if they have been refused permission to...

Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students

The length of the postnatal hospital stay has fallen over the past 30 years, with pressure on health services to reduce this further (Bowers and Cheyne, 2016) With the emphasis on enhanced recovery,...

Vulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services?

Between 12–20% of women will experience a mental health issue during pregnancy or in the first year following birth The most common diagnoses are depression and/or anxiety, first diagnosed in the...

Do psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression?

Perinatal mental health is a key issue in contemporary maternity care, with suicide continuing to be a leading cause of maternal death in the UK (Knight et al, 2014) The most recent Confidential...

The effect of maternal position at birth on perineal trauma: A systematic review

Genital tract sepsis is now the leading cause of direct maternal death in the UK, with the incidence rising since 2006 (Cantwell et al, 2011) Perineal trauma can increase the risk of puerperal...

Pregnant and seeking asylum: Exploring women's experiences ‘from booking to baby’

Pregnant women seeking asylum in the UK are identified as a vulnerable group in society, with specific concerns relating to their health and wellbeing (Aspinall and Watters, 2010) They may have...

Striving for excellence in maternity care: The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary

Asylum seekers are people who have fled their home country due to a fear of being persecuted, and are awaiting a decision as to whether their asylum claim is accepted by the government of the country...

Mobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services

Communication skills are fundamental to midwifery (Nicholls and Webb, 2006; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2009) Communication errors occur when the message becomes distorted; this can be due to...

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