Research

Midwifery care in the UK for older mothers

In many countries, including the UK, a large proportion of care for women during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period is provided by practising midwives (International Confederation of Midwives...

What to expect when you're expecting? Representations of birth in British newspapers

Stories of childbirth make for engaging reading in newspapers, but to what effect on the future mothers who pick them up? Public scepticism over the values driving Britain's mass media has intensified...

Think pink! A sticker alert system for psychological distress or vulnerability during pregnancy

Effective empathic communication between midwives and women and their families is imperative to deliver good and effective clinical care Women who report good communication from their health...

A midwifery-led care pathway for women requesting caesarean sections

The caesarean section (CS) rate in the UK has increased substantially in the last 20 years from 13% in 1992 to 255% in 2012/13 (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2004; Health...

How prepared are UK midwives for their role in child protection?

Safeguarding and child protection are everyone's responsibility (Fraser and Nolan 2004) During pregnancy, it is primarily the responsibility of the midwife and other professionals who may be providing...

Midwives' job satisfaction and its main determinants: A survey of midwifery practice in Greece

Job satisfaction has been defined as the way people feel about their work and the different aspects of their jobs, and is the extent to which people like or dislike their jobs (Spector, 1997) It has...

Internet use in pregnancy

There was a time when pregnant women allowed the midwife, unquestioningly, to provide their care The midwife was regarded as the respected authority in the field of normal childbirth and her decisions...

Exploring same sex couples' experiences of maternity care

Attitudes towards homosexuality have transformed considerably in the last 20 years As recently as 1990, homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization (WHO) list of diseases, whilst...

Facilitating antenatal education classes in Scotland

Provision of antenatal education by registered midwives is advocated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (NMC, 2012) as a means of preparation for parenthood and is identified by government...

Using feminist phenomenology to explore women's experiences of domestic violence in pregnancy

Domestic violence and abuse against women is a global public health issue (World Health Organisation (WHO), 2010) It has a long history, exists in many cultures, and is accepted as part of everyday...

Is an i-gel® supraglottic airway useful for airway rescue in the community?

In the UK, midwives working both in the community and the hospitals are taught a standardised approach to newborn resuscitation on the Newborn Life Support (NLS) Course (Richmond, 2011) Unfortunately,...

Acts of violence: Virginity control and hymen (re)construction

The existing ideas about the hymen described as a breakable membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening lack scientific proof (Christianson and Eriksson, 2004;...

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