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Promoting homebirth: Intermediate homebirth report

The drive for Birmingham Women's hospital to relook at its current service provision and improve choice around place of birth was in direct response to the findings in the Birthplace Study (Birthplace...

Antenatal alcohol exposure: An East Anglian study of midwives' knowledge and practice

In 1968, the French doctor Lemoine and his colleagues first described a pattern of physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities observed among children of mothers with alcohol problems (Lemoine et...

Italian fathers' experiences of labour pain

In 1996, a document titled ‘Care in normal birth’ was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the purpose of spreading a culture of normal birth with the least interventions possible...

Midwives' perception about their practice in a midwifery-led care model in karachi, Pakistan

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 statistics, every day about 1000 women die during childbirth Of these deaths, 99% occur in developing countries (WHO, 2014) The global neonatal...

Barriers preventing Australian midwives from providing antenatal asthma management

Asthma is one of the most common potentially serious conditions that complicates pregnancy, with approximately 3–14% of pregnant women affected by asthma worldwide; 127% of pregnant women in Australia...

Alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its implications for breastfeeding

Lifestyle choices before and during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of both a woman and her unborn child (O'Keeffe et al, 2013) Women are often advised by health...

Maternal attitudes towards participation in a mother–baby research study

Research involving young infants is essential to derive investigational and therapeutic innovations to benefit this group However, there is often a reluctance on the part of health professionals to...

Student midwives’ knowledge of perinatal mental health

Psychiatric illness is a leading indirect cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the UK A confidential report on the causes of maternal death suggests that a significant number of women die...

Exploring health professionals’ and women's awareness of models of maternity care evidence

The organisation of maternity care is paramount in providing safe, cost effective and normalised care for women (Sandall et al, 2010) Maternity care can be delivered using different models

Health professionals’ attitudes towards the promotion of breastfeeding

The health advantages of breastfeeding are widely documented (Fishman, 2010; Oddy et al, 2011), and the role health professionals play in promoting breastfeeding is also well established (Lawrence,...

Turning the tide of childbirth: Are we still adrift?

The findings of the Birthplace Study (Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, 2011) should have resulted in a significant increase in the numbers of low-risk women giving birth either at home or in...

Exploring the ‘good’ birth: What is it and why does it matter?

A core assumption of this article is that there is a need to investigate the relationship between a woman's experience of childbirth and her experience of motherhood Another assumption is that those...

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