Research

Part 2: a qualitative description of participation in an eight-week infant skin integrity study

The final phase of the BaSICS project was designed as qualitative descriptive research (Sandelowski, 2000; Chafe, 2017). Reporting on this project made use of the participants' own words to provide...

Part 2: exploring views from fathers and perinatal practitioners on the inclusion of fathers by perinatal services

This Delphi study gained understanding of fathers' experiences during the perinatal period and of professionals' experiences and understanding of fathers, as well as both groups' ideas for improving...

Obesity matters: the skills that strengthen midwifery practice when caring for obese pregnant women

Community midwives who took part in this study are based in various health centres and GP surgeries, and ensure that every woman in every geographical area has access to midwifery services.

Part 1: a qualitative description of participation in an eight-week infant skin integrity study

This paper uses qualitative description (Chafe, 2017) with liberal use of low-inference descriptors to report on the final qualitative phase of the BaSICS study by presenting the experiences of study...

Part 1: exploring views from fathers and perinatal practitioners on the inclusion of fathers by perinatal services

Since being termed ‘the forgotten contributors to child development’ (Lamb, 1975), research has increasingly recognised the positive contributions of father-involvement to children's psychological,...

Women's views on the visiting restrictions during COVID-19 in an Irish maternity hospital

This study aimed to gain an understanding of women's experiences of visiting restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 and to provide information to inform policy development in relation to visiting..

Improving maternal and child health outcomes through active male partner involvement in perinatal care

Table 1 shows the sociodemographic characteristics of 241 sampled respondents. The mean age of the participant was 27.16±3.48 with an age range of 22–45 years. The distribution of the gender...

Perceived risk of COVID-19 acquisition and maternal mental distress

Perceived risk is a determinant factor for the way people perceive, judge and react to the potential risks of specific hazards (Mitchell, 2015). People assess risks using a combination of...

698 mothers and babies, 38 390 nappy changes: what did we learn?

With the advent of disposable nappies and baby wet wipes, nappy area care may seem simple and straightforward. However, there are still unanswered questions about IDD such as why some babies seem more...

The rise of non-traditional pregnancies through assisted reproductive technologies

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is when an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the human body, usually in a culture dish (Franklin, 1997). This technique was developed by Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards, a...

Temporal trend of early pregnancy high body mass index in Australian women: risk factors and outcomes

High body mass index (BMI) is currently the world's most common health problem. From 1980–2015, the prevalence of higher than normal BMI has doubled worldwide and has increased continuously in most...

An exploration of the perceptions of student midwives about midwifery education related to abortion

Midwives must provide individualised, culturally sensitive care to women seeking abortion in relation to decision making, eligibility for abortion, process, risks and ethical issues (International...

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