Research

Investigation of informed consent procedures initiated in the intrapartum period

There is common agreement that the three key elements of informed consent, voluntarism, information disclosure (Office for Human Research Protections, 1979) and the decision-making capacity of an...

Childbirth satisfaction and perceptions of control: postnatal psychological implications

The safe delivery of a healthy baby is a critical priority in perinatal care However, maternal satisfaction also remains an important outcome, as it has the potential to influence psychological...

Back to the future: midwives' experiences of undertaking a return to midwifery practice programme

Midwifery shortages are a global issue (World Health Organization, 2018) Maintaining an adequate and competent workforce is a major challenge for health service providers An increasingly important...

From handover to takeover: should we consider a new conceptual model of communication?

Clinical handover has long been an important topic among both clinicians and academics interested and involved in patient safety in healthcare It is widely recognised that clinical handover represents...

Being bullied as a midwifery student: does age matter?

The increased numbers of older students undertaking midwifery education (Carolan, 2011) adds an interesting dimension to the issue of bullying on clinical placement With research on bullying still...

Exploring the experiences of student midwives completing the newborn infant physical examination: part 2

This is the final article in a two-part series which explores the experiences of student midwives undertaking the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) Part one explains the background to the...

Unmet need for family planning among Myanmar migrant women in Bangkok, Thailand

More people are on the move than ever before People migrate from one place to another for the purpose of getting better opportunity for jobs and lifestyles across the world The global level of...

Women's decision-making about mode of birth after a previous caesarean section

Despite the World Health Organization ([WHO], 2015) consensus that rate of caesarean section (c-section) should be between 10%–15%, because higher percentages are not associated with a reduction in...

Exploring the experiences of student midwives completing the newborn infant physical examination

The newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) is a screening programme delivered by Public Health England ([PHE], 2019), consisting of screening of the eyes, heart, hips, and testes (in male...

The establishment of breastfeeding in the small-for-gestational-age baby

The term small for gestational age (SGA) refers to an infant born with a birthweight ‘lower than expected for a given duration of gestation’ (Tudehope et al, 2013) More specifically, it applies to...

How to have the ‘ideal’ Down syndrome screening discussion at antenatal appointments

This is the fourth in a series of papers. The previous papers inform midwifery practice by providing insight into whether, to what extent and how cognitive status influences understanding of Down...

An exploration of reasons why some women may leave the birth experience with emotional distress

Women use different terms to describe distress in relation to a poor childbirth experience Whereas some women consider it as having been negative, others feel their birth was traumatic (Creedy et al,...

The influence of women's cognitive status on their understanding of Down syndrome screening

The booking appointment is the first antenatal appointment a woman has with her midwife At this appointment, women are offered screening for numerous conditions, including Down syndrome It is vital...

Primiparous women's narratives of confidence in the perinatal period

Pregnancy and childbirth are described as transitional phases or existential thresholds that childbearing women have to cross These events are multifaceted experiences with many dimensions, unique for...

The impact of birth-related injury and pain on breastfeeding outcomes

Human milk is acknowledged to be the optimum source of nutrition for infants, while also being beneficial to maternal health (Victora et al, 2016) As such, the World Health Organization ([WHO], 2019)...

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