Literature Review

Women's experiences of outpatient induction of labour

Approximately 326% of labours in the UK are induced, either before or after the estimated due date (NHS Digital, 2018) This number has increased by 122% in the past 10 years (NHS Digital, 2018) and is...

Have interventions been effective at increasing the rates of breastfeeding in the UK?

The rates of breastfeeding initiation and maintenance in the UK are some of the lowest in the world, despite extensive evidence in support of the notion that ‘breast is best’ (Earle, 2002) Exclusive...

A literature review exploring student midwives' experiences of continuity of mentorship on the labour ward

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates practice for nurses and midwives in the UK It sets standards to support learning and assessment in clinical practice and the education of...

Does preceptorship support newly qualified midwives to become confident practitioners?

Preceptorship is defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a time when a newly qualified registrant is supported and guided to make the transition from student to competent practitioner...

The role of fetal movement counting and ‘kick charts’ to reduce stillbirths in pregnancies ≥28 weeks’ gestation

Despite advances in maternity care internationally, stillbirths remain a significant global issue (Frøen et al, 2011) with approximately 26 million cases reported in 2015 (Lawn et al, 2016) In...

Cultural qualities and antenatal care for black African women: A literature review

Historically, black African women in the UK have an increased risk of dying in childbirth, compared to other ethnic minority groups, a phenomenon that has been noted since 2000 This has been related...

Are women empowered to make decisions about the use of antidepressants in pregnancy?

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common health problems in pregnancy in the UK, affecting 12% and 13% of women, respectively (Heron et al, 2004; Gavin et al, 2005; Vesga-Lopez et al, 2008)...

Does frenotomy improve breastfeeding problems in neonates with ankyloglossia?

Breastfeeding is the natural way of providing neonates with all the nutrients they need for growth and development; with exclusive breastfeeding recommended for the first 6 months of life (World...

Reviewing the effect of hyperemesis gravidarum on women's lives and mental health

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy condition characterised by extreme levels of intractable nausea and vomiting, fatigue, distorted olfaction responses and hypersalivation Symptoms can lead to...

The midwife's role in suicide prevention

Pregnancy and transition to motherhood is traditionally perceived as a happy event, yet 20% of mothers experience mental illness (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2015)

Outpatient induction of labour with prostaglandins: Safety, effectiveness and women's views

Induction of labour is a procedure that is offered to women when it is considered that giving birth is of greater benefit to the mother or baby than remaining pregnant (Thomas et al, 2014) Labour may...

Mindfulness for men with pregnant partners: An integrative literature review (Part two)

Pregnancy is an important time of change, growth and stress, not only for the woman, but also for her partner, children and family (Duncan and Bardacke, 2010) The transition into parenthood can be...

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