Research

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...

Effect of gentle manual pressure on neonatal pain during heel prick: a randomised crossover trial

Heel prick tests are one of the most common needle-related painful procedures performed on neonates in hospitals (Carbajal, 2008) Various studies have suggested that acute episodic pain can cause...

Propess versus Prostin: There is an alternative way to induce labour

Induction of labour is a relatively common procedure worldwide, which is used for approximately 20% of pregnancies (NICE 2008) For over 50 years, prostaglandins have been the pharmaceutical method of...

Exploring postnatal depression, sexual dysfunction and relationship dissatisfaction in Australian women

Symptoms of postnatal depression are the main mental health problem following childbirth and are characterised by serious mood changes, sadness, hopelessness, feeling of worthlessness, fatigue,...

Relationship between social support and breastfeeding self-efficacy among women in Tabriz, Iran

Breast milk not only protects the baby from infections and diseases, but it is also thought to predispose a person to good health over his/her lifetime (Varaei et al, 2009) There is a wealth of...

Exploring parents' experiences of care in an Irish hospital following second-trimester miscarriage

Second-trimester miscarriage is defined as pregnancy loss after 12 weeks' and before 24 weeks' gestation (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, (RCOG), 2010) An Irish study found the rate...

Education provision for the newborn physical examination as a post-registration module: National survey

In recent years there has been a gradual move towards qualified midwives undertaking the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) as part of their extended role The reasons behind this have been...

‘Where do you want to have your baby?’ Women's narratives of how they chose their birthplace

‘Where do you want to have your baby?’ Most women are faced with this question at their very first midwife appointment So it is not surprising that ‘choice’ is one of the mantras of the modern age...

Cultural considerations in postnatal dietary and infant feeding practices among Chinese mothers in London

Zuo yuezi (ZYZ)—which, by direct translation, means ‘sitting the month’ or sometimes ‘doing the month’—is a traditional Chinese practice of confinement and convalescence for women for a full month...

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