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Literature Review

How does social media influence expectations, decision making and experiences of childbirth?

This literature review focused on qualitative research, to gather insight from rich data about women's experiences (Aveyard, 2019). Initial searches were undertaken in April 2022 in CINAHL Plus,...

Midwives’ experiences using personal protective equipment during COVID-19: a scoping review

A scoping review method was used to review the literature. This method is recommended when the topic has not yet been broadly reviewed or is of a complex nature (Mays et al, 2001). The methodological...

Barriers and facilitators to infection prevention and control guidelines adherence: an integrative review

An integrative review was chosen for this study as it captures the dynamics and development of new knowledge of a phenomenon under study (Torraco, 2016). This is achieved through a review and critique...

Pain management in the first stage of labour using sensory stimulation

The article search was conducted in January 2021 using the population/problem/patient, intervention, comparison, outcome, study design strategy. The type of reporting used was preferred reporting...

Supporting women with diabetes to breastfeed: use of antenatal breastmilk expression

A comprehensive search was carried out of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) database, Scopus, Medline, Excerpta Medica DataBASE (EMBASE) and the Cochrane Library on...

Stand and deliver: an integrative review of the evidence around birthing upright

This review followed the recommendations of the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA) checklist (Moher et al, 2009), the Critical Appraisal Skills Program (2018)...

Factors contributing to maternal health inequalities for women who are not white British in the UK

A literature search was conducted on electronic databases (MEDLINE complete, CINAHL, Science Direct, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Scopus) in January 2021; further papers were found from...

Investigating active versus expectant management of third stage labour in a midwife-led unit

The PICOS (Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcomes, Study) tool was used as a structure to organise a list of terms, addressing the main issues in the research question (Table 1)..

Breech presentation and moxibustion: should it be offered to improve maternal outcomes?

The research question was formulated using the population, intervention, comparison and outcome framework. A comprehensive search was undertaken using Maternity and Infant Care, Medline, Cochrane...

Caesarean section as an informed choice in the UK: a systematic review

The following databases were systematically searched for peer-reviewed, full text, primary research articles published between 1990 and 2020:.

Pain and pleasure in the birthing room: understanding the phenomenon of orgasmic birth

Through his exploration of orgasmic states in episodes of human sexual life, obstetrician Michel Odent draws attention to the relationship between what he terms the ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ of hormones...

Intervention for preventing postpartum depression: a systematic review of studies in Indonesia

The review method in this literature review was informed by systematic review methodology (Khan et al, 2003). The studies in this review had to meet following criteria: participants were women in...

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