Research

Influence of midwife communication on women's understanding of Down syndrome screening information

All pregnant women in England, Wales and Scotland are offered screening for Down syndrome at their first antenatal (booking) appointment with their midwife (UK National Screening Committee [UK NSC],...

A new tool to assess understanding of Down syndrome screening information presented by midwives

In England, Wales and Scotland, all pregnant women are routinely offered antenatal screening for Down syndrome (DS) at the booking appointment, according to the UK National Screening Committee...

An interpretative phenomenological study of midwives supporting home birth for women with complex needs

The landscape of women presenting for care in pregnancy now compared to the 1970s is vastly different thanks in part to the development of technologies which support women with comorbidities,...

‘We are just obsessed with risk’: healthcare providers' views on choice of place of birth for women

It is a woman's right to make an informed choice regarding where she wishes to give birth (Birthrights, 2013) Globally, it is recommended that women's individual health needs should be taken into...

Perinatal mental ill health: the experiences of women from ethnic minority groups

Mental health disorders are among the most common morbidities experienced during the perinatal period (Megnin-Viggars et al, 2015) These disorders may be pre-existent or they may develop during the...

Better Births: early findings from North-West London

The national maternity review in England, Better Births, recommends that all women should have a named midwife to care for them through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, in order to provide...

Postnatal debriefing: women's need to talk after birth

A Cochrane review of debr iefing interventions for the prevention of psychological trauma in women following childbirth was published in 2015 (Bastos et al, 2015) Seven trials were included in the...

Effect of relaxation exercise on fasting blood glucose and blood pressure in gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is one of the most common complications of pregnancy (Spaight et al, 2016) The prevalence of gestational diabetes in developed and developing countries is increasing (Donovan et...

How delivery suite co-ordinators create situational awareness in the multidisciplinary team

Background The role played by the delivery suite co-ordinator in providing safe care has often been overlooked, especially in major maternity policies. There is a paucity of research into this role,...

Creating a dedicated home birth team in Tower Hamlets: a review of outcomes from the first year

The majority (approximately 87%) of births in the UK take place in a hospital-based obstetric unit (National Audit Office, 2013) with the remainder in midwifery-led settings such as birth centres or...

Lived experiences of young pregnant women who smoke

Smoking tobacco during pregnancy contributes to numerous adverse pregnancy outcomes (Salihu and Wilson, 2007; Marufu et al, 2015) Early life influences later health outcomes and exposure to problems...

‘Welcome to the World’: parents' experiences of an antenatal nurturing programme

Becoming a parent is a significant transition, and is characterised by challenges as well as opportunities New demands and responsibilities can increase emotional vulnerability and may strain couple...

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