Research

The marginalisation of midwifery in medicalised pregnancy and childbirth: a qualitative study

In many places across the globe, midwives are the first caregivers of pregnant women and parturient (Sandall et al, 2016) Nonetheless, significant differences exist in the organisation of midwifery...

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...

Factors associated with underutilisation of antenatal care services in Limpopo, South Africa

The availability, accessibility and utilisation of antenatal care services play a major role in the lives of pregnant women and neonates worldwide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016a) Globally,...

Birth trauma: the mediating effects of perceived support

In recent years, birth trauma has become the focus of much perinatal research Childbirth can be a triggering event for mothers and lead to symptoms of postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),...

A service evaluation of a specialist migrant maternity service from the user's perspective

Migrant women experience poorer maternal and perinatal outcomes compared to settled residents in their host country, including 10 times higher mortality This is driven by language barriers, lack of...

Maternal and neonatal outcomes for the gentle caesarean section in breech presentation

The gentle caesarean section (GCS) is a woman-centred technique described by Smith et al (2008) as an improvement for the conventional caesarean section (c-section) The GCS aims to optimise several...

Acceptability of newborn pulse oximetry screening

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the general medical term for heart defects that are present from birth CHD accounts for up to 10% of neonatal deaths and up to 40% of all infant deaths when left...

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...

Quality of family planning services delivered at health posts and associated factors

Family planning refers to utilisation of various types of fertility control methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies It helps individuals or couples to have children to assure the well-being of...

Subsequent childbirth after previous traumatic birth experience: women's choices and evaluations

A sizable minority (10%–20%) of women describe their childbirth as a traumatic experience and have long-lasting negative memories of it Still, many women choose to give birth again Previous research...

A review of the law surrounding female genital mutilation protection orders

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitalia are altered, injured or removed (World Health Organization [WHO], 2020) without medical indication (Crown Prosecution Service...

Emotional intelligence and coping with stressful conditions: the case of Iranian midwives

Emotional quotient (EQ) – or emotional intelligence – means controlling the internal emotions to reduce stress and to have a positive relationship and be able to communicate with other people (Segal...

‘Please treat me like a person’—respectful care during adolescent childbirth

The risk factors, health implications and socio-economic repercussions of adolescent pregnancy and early childbearing is widely covered in literature The World Health Organization ([WHO], 2018a) and...

Against the grain: midwives' experiences of facilitating home birth outside of guidelines

Historically, childbearing women were generally young and healthy, yet societal changes and fertility treatments have meant women who are older or with pre-existing conditions becoming pregnant have...

Childbirth satisfaction and perceptions of control: postnatal psychological implications

The safe delivery of a healthy baby is a critical priority in perinatal care However, maternal satisfaction also remains an important outcome, as it has the potential to influence psychological...

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