Research

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...

Including the newborn physical examination in the pre-registration midwifery curriculum: National survey

Midwives are responsible for undertaking a preliminary examination of the newborn at birth to ascertain any obvious signs of abnormality and, thereafter, to undertake a daily examination in accordance...

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...

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