Research

Impact of immediate vs delayed feedback in a midwifery teaching activity with a simulated patient

Simulation is defined as ‘a technique, not a tech nology, to replace or amplify real experi ences with guided experiences that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully...

Episiotomy and women's sexual function 2–5 years after childbirth: A study from the Czech Republic

The birth of a baby brings a range of phy sical, emotional and social changes A woman's sexual life is also changed (Nyström and Ohrling, 2004) Various researchers have explored how childbirth affects...

The case for developing an online intervention to support midwives in work-related psychological distress

Midwives can experience both organisational and occupational sources of work-related psychological distress, which can continue to affect them throughout their professional journey (Leinweber and...

Factors influencing engagement in postnatal weight management and weight and wellbeing outcomes

Of the four million women who give birth in the USA each year, almost 30% gain more weight than recommended by the Institute of Medicine guidelines (Rasmussen and Yaktine, 2009) It has been...

Experiences of student midwives in the care of women with perinatal loss: A qualitative descriptive study

Around 1/200 births in the UK result in stillbirth and about 1/400 infants die within the first 4 weeks of life (Office for National Statistics, 2015) Those women who experience perinatal loss (as a...

Midwives' experience of offering anti-D immunoglobulin to women: The importance of choice

Informed decision-making enables women to make choices that reflect their own beliefs and preferences and is at the heart of provision of woman-centred care There is evidence that women want...

Practitioners' views and barriers to implementation of the Keeping Birth Normal tool: A pilot study

The use of unnecessary interventions in labour and birth continues to rise A rate of > 19% is seen as medically unnecessary by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Gibbons et al, 2010); in Europe,...

Tongue-tie division. Is it worth it? A retrospective cohort study

Ankyloglossia, or tongue tie, is a congenital abnormality characterised by a short frenulum, which may restrict tongue motility It is usually asymptomatic, but in some cases may cause problems during...

Readmission following caesarean section: Outcomes for women in an Irish maternity hospital

Clinical audit has been regarded as a valuable asset to examine existing practices with an aim to improve quality of health care in future (Johnston et al, 2000) Rising rates of caesarean section...

Is the introduction of a named midwife for teenagers associated with improved outcomes? A service development project

Teenage mothers are a vulnerable group in maternity services, owing to factors including poor health and social exclusion (Department for Education and Skills, 2006) They often have poorer obstetric...

Train together to work together: Reviewing feedback of community-based skills drills training for midwives and paramedics

Skills drills are the accepted format by which health professionals, including midwives, learn and maintain the skills to manage a range of obstetric emergencies (Rogers, 2007) It has been suggested...

Diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus in women following bariatric surgery: A national survey of lead diabetes midwives

In the UK, approximately one fifth of women aged 16–40 years are obese (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m2) and half of all women are either obese or overweight (Buchwald et al, 2009) Obesity is a...

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