Yana Richens

Co-Editor in Chief, British Journal of Midwifery; Consultant Midwife, University College London Hospital

Feasibility of use of the anxiety thermometer in antenatal services

In many countries, pregnant women experience an increasing range of testing and monitoring procedures Early identification of risk factors can facilitate appropriate triaging to specialist clinics...

Guidance for the provision of antenatal services during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus, a new strain of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-COV-2) causing COVID-19, had...

25 years of BJM

For those of you as old as us, you will remember 1993 as a significant year for many reasons Mr Blobby was knocked off the number one spot by Take That with their song ‘Babe’; Sonia represented the UK...

From fear to maternity

Fear of birth is becoming increasingly recognised as a clinical issue that can have profound effects on the mother and her experience of pregnancy and birth Failure to identify women with fear of...

Cerebrospinal fluid shunts in the maternity context

As a result of advances in medicine, midwives and obstetricians are increasingly seeing a number women with complex medical histories This may include women who have been born with hydro cephalus, or...

Urinary catheterisation: Indications and complications

Increasing numbers of women, either during the birth process or in the postnatal period, require an indwelling urinary catheter for a number of reasons This could be because the woman requires a...

Research roundup: September 2015

Telephone-based peer support for postnatal depression Postnatal depression is a major concern for both mother and baby A new study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing suggests that...

A national online survey of UK maternity unit service provision for women with fear of birth

There is no agreed definition on what fear of birth (FoB) is, largely due to the differences in its diagnostic testing (Haines et al, 2011) However, Areskog (1982: 263) defined severe FoB in women who...

Research roundup—July 2015

Food consumption in British Pakistani v British White babies A study undertaken in Bradford found that British Pakistani infants consume more chips, sugar-sweetened drinks and commercial sweet baby...

What constitutes good trial evidence?

Evidence-based practice has been the mantra within health settings over the last 2 decades It is a phrase that can be found in the majority of academic texts and assignments of most midwifery students...

Research roundup—May 2015

Maternal blood pressure Taking and recording blood pressure (BP) is a task that many midwives and maternity support workers undertake daily This article is an excellent review of blood pressure in...

Research roundup—March 2015

New evidence on risks of advanced maternal age A study undertaken in Finland identified that certain risk factors associated with pregnancy are more harmful when the expectant mother is over 35...

Research roundup—February 2015

Association found between medical co-morbities and maternal deaths Medical co-morbidities, when women have one or more medical conditions, are found to be an important factor associated with direct...

Research roundup—January 2015

Women's experiences of infant feeding This study conducted at two primary care Trusts in the North West of England aimed to explore women's experiences, opinions and perceptions of their infant...

Ebola in pregnancy

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Africa, ‘a public health emergency of international concern’ (Kennedy, 2014)...

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