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Maternal mental health and breastfeeding duration: the role of optimism and coping strategies

Participants were recruited using an existing database of 1505 individuals who had previously taken part in studies on breastfeeding carried out by the second author and colleagues (Keevash et al,...

Digital mentoring on expressing breast milk for working mothers

This quasi-experimental study was a randomised control group, using a pre-test, post-test design. The participants were women recruited while pregnant for the previous study, who had since given...

Measure to improve: a pilot study of Birthrate Plus in the Netherlands

Birthrate Plus has been validated as a patient acuity measurement tool in the UK (Royal College of Midwives, 2018). To assess its value in a different setting, and to measure staffing levels, a pilot...

Anaemia prevalence and risk factors in pregnant women in Oman: a retrospective case-control study

The study used a retrospective design to identify pregnant women with anaemia by examining medical records from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in...

Bouncing your way to labour and birth using biomechanics and fetal optimal positioning

A retrospective review of all pregnancy records at the advanced midwife practitioner service was undertaken. The pre-intervention group (labour hopscotch) included all women who attended the service...

Qualitative service evaluation of a rural midwife-led ultrasound service: listening to women

A qualitative service evaluation was used to explore patient experience in a health board in Wales, using a deductive approach. This approach was chosen to assess if the ultrasound service is...

Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding among Chinese mothers in the first 6 months

A prospective study design was used to explore exclusive breastfeeding duration in the first 6 months postpartum in China. The study was carried out at a tertiary hospital in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province...

Family decision making for Madurese women with pregnancy complications: a qualitative study

This study used a qualitative phenomenological approach, which is used to investigate a particular event, in terms of what and how the experience was perceived, from the perspective of those who...

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Neonatal outcomes following one previous caesarean section

A retrospective cohort design was used to compare data from women/pregnant people who elected for a vaginal birth after previous caesarean section to those opting for elective repeat caesarean...

Maternal and neonatal factors associated with neonatal jaundice in Jordan: a case-control study

A hospital-based unmatched case-control study design was used. A case-control design has many benefits, including that less time is required to conduct the study than is needed for a cohort study;...

The influence of ethnicity on assessments and academic progression in a midwifery degree

A retrospective cohort observation study was carried out at a UK university in the south of England. The sample included all students who entered the BSc (Hons) 3-year midwifery programme between 2014...

Postpartum depression: combining a mobile application with recititations from the Holy Quran in Indonesia

A randomised controlled trial using a pre-post-test time series was conducted between June and December 2020 in four working areas of the Banyumas District Public Health Centre, Central Java Province,...

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