Research

Evaluation of patient information leaflets for non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down's syndrome by analysis of cell-free DNA in maternal plasma is changing the way Down's syndrome screening (DSS) is offered in many countries NIPT is...

Level of adherence to ICM global standards of midwifery education in Brunei: Survey results

Producing competent health professionals is imperative for effective national health outcomes Similarly, developing a qualified and competent midwifery workforce is claimed to be essential for...

Male child preference: Is it a risk factor for antenatal depression among Iranian women?

Depression is increasingly recognised as a serious, worldwide public health concern and a cause of disability (Klainin et al, 2009) It is well known that pregnancy and the postpartum period may be...

Evaluating the results of mentorship training for community midwives in Sindh, Pakistan

In Pakistan, a cadre of community midwives was introduced in 2007 to increase the proportion of skilled birth attendants in the country (USAID, 2012) The community midwives participate in an 18-month...

What influences women to bottle-feed from birth and to discontinue breastfeeding early?

Breastmilk has been widely advocated as the optimal nutrition for newborn babies and infants In both developing and developed countries, extensive research has produced evidence to sustain claims that...

Examining the lived experiences of newly qualified midwives during their preceptorship

The transition to qualified professional has been reported extensively in the literature, with historic studies highlighting ‘reality shock’ and liking it to ‘flying without a parachute’ (Kramer,...

Knowledge and uptake of folic acid among pregnant women attending a secondary health facility in Nigeria

Folate is an essential micronutrient that cannot be biosynthesised by human body and must be obtained either from diet or from supplements; it is required for fetal body metabolism, growth, and...

Evaluation of infants' exposure to environmental tobacco smoke using salivary cotinine measurements

Many studies have elucidated the relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and damage to health in children The World Health Organization (WHO) (1999) performed a large-scale...

Midwifery students and routine discussion of birth experience in the early postnatal period in hospital

During training, midwifery students are educated and supported in providing emotional and psychological care to women during the postnatal period Women often have increased psychological needs...

Exploring community midwives' perceptions of their work experience after deployment in the rural areas of Chitral, Pakistan

Globally, the maternal mortality rate and neonatal mortality rate remain persistently high (World Bank, 2015) Globally, there are 216 maternal deaths per 10 000 live births every year In South Asia,...

Bump Start: developing and piloting a healthy living group intervention for obese pregnant women

Maternal obesity (a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or higher at the first antenatal consultation) is a key modifiable risk factor in pregnancy The health problems linked to maternal BMI for both...

Postnatal smoking cessation advice: A reflective case study

Health promotion is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (2016) as enabling others to have control of their health Indeed, Naidoo and Willis (2000) state that health promotion is providing...

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