Research

Diet and physical activity in pregnancy: a study exploring women's beliefs and behaviours

In the UK, 19% of women of childbearing age are reported to be obese (BMI >30kg/m2) and 26% are reported to be overweight (BMI >25kg/m2) (Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2016) Being obese...

Should midwives learn to scan for presentation? Findings from a large survey of midwives in the UK

Fetal lie and presentation in the late third trimester have traditionally been determined by abdominal palpation using Leopold's manoeuvres or a similar technique Although accuracy may be increased...

What enables or prevents women with depressive symptoms seeking help in the postnatal period?

Up to 20% of women experience a mental health problem in the perinatal period, (the period spanning conception to 1 year after birth) (Bauer et al, 2014) The immediate and long-term costs of perinatal...

Midwives' perceptions of their role in mode of birth decisions

Midwives play an important role in the journey of women in labour, from conception to birth and beyond It is acknowledged globally that midwives are critical care providers of pregnant women and are...

Maternal and paternal expectations of antenatal education across the transition to parenthood

Supporting parents-to-be through antenatal education classes has been recognised as an important prevention and intervention strategy (Department of Health, 2011)

The effect of a breastfeeding educational workshop on clinicians' knowledge, attitudes and practices

Breastfeeding is an important health promotion strategy that has widely accepted and documented benefits for mothers, infants, and society (Wieczorek et al, 2010; Ahluwalia et al, 2012; Kuyper et al,...

Can a workshop increase pregnant women's knowledge of their birthplace options?

Planning where to give birth is arguably one of the most significant choices that a woman will make during her pregnancy Yet for many women, an assumption is made that birth will take place in a...

Evaluating the contribution of interdisciplinary obstetrics skills and drills emergency training

Variation in the quality of maternal health and perinatal care provision was highlighted by the Government's initiative to reduce the stillbirth and neonatal death rate by 50% by 2025 and 20% by 2020...

Measuring the benefits of free pregnancy yoga classes

Antenatal yoga has numerous benefits for women, including increased comfort in labour, decreased pain in labour and decreased length of labour (Chuntharapat et al, 2008; Jahdi et al, 2017)...

A qualitative study of women's experience of a perinatal group health-promoting programme

An investment in strategies to promote ‘a healthy start to life’ is thought to reduce health inequalities across the entire course of life (Marmot et al, 2012) Extensive research has been conducted...

Using a smartphone app to identify signs of pre-eclampsia and/or worsening blood pressure

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are classified as gestational hypertension, pre-existing or chronic hypertension and pre-eclampsia HDP complicate 10% of pregnancies and the incidence of...

An evaluation of the midwifery Pre-Qualifying Skills Passport in Wales

Four universities in Wales offer validated midwifery pre-registration education programmes and they all include assessment and grading of practice in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council...

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