Clinical Practice

Midwifery management of asthma and allergies during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum

Asthma, often complicated by allergies, is a common health problem that can cause complications in pregnancy (World Health Organization (WHO), 2014) The UK has an asthma prevalence during pregnancy of...

Hand expressing in pregnancy and colostrum harvesting—preparation for successful breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding initiation rates in the UK have risen; in 2010, 81% of mothers chose to breastfeed their babies at birth, compared with 76% in 2005 However, breastfeeding is often short-lived as 24% of...

Infant massage: The practice and evidence-base to support it

The practice of infant massage is not a new phenomenon It is a part of nature—at birth, mammals massage their newborns by licking and grooming them to encourage their body systems to normalise...

Constipation and haemorrhoids: A midwifery perspective for the childbearing continuum

Constipation and haemorrhoids are common disorders and women who have previously experienced these issues are at risk of recurrence during pregnancy and the puerperium; however, they may develop for...

Delayed cord clamping in the compromised baby

When a baby is born it begins its adaption to extra-uterine life Delayed cord clamping is a normal part of gentle transition (Mercer and Erikson-Owens, 2010) and has been widely advocated as a means...

Mind matters: Developing skills and knowledge in postnatal depression

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is the highest cause of disease burden in women (Dennis and Dowswell, 2013) Postnatal depression has been defined by Diagnostic...

Placenta praevia: Diagnosis and management

Placental development begins upon implantation of the blastocyst into the maternal endometrium during the initial stages of human embryogenesis Implantation involves localisation to the most optimal...

Candida and breastfeeding

Candida albicans is the most common naturally occurring candida species found as a commensal on the mucosal tissue of mother and child It is also a pathogen that can cause fungal infections in both...

Urinary catheterisation in labour

Care of the bladder in labour is essential to supporting the physiological process of labour A full bladder can often be palpated above the brim of the pelvis, may hinder descent of the presenting...

Reducing the incidence of incontinence

Many women develop problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, which often stem from the peripartum period Those at most risk include: women of an older maternal age, those with a high body...

Helping women prepare for hyperemesis gravidarum

Nausea and vomiting affects around 80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser degree making it the most common medical condition in pregnancy (Gadsby and Barnie-Adshead, 2011) Around 30% of women...

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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