Research

Midwives' experiences of caring for women with early pregnancy loss in an Irish maternity hospital

Childbirth is considered a major highlight in human life (Bennett et al, 2008), but early pregnancy loss occurs more frequently than many realise The loss of a pregnancy before 13 completed weeks is...

‘You're kinda passing a test’: A phenomenological study of women's experiences of breastfeeding

Despite an increasing research base about what helps or hinders breastfeeding, there is a dramatic drop in breastfeeding prevalence within the first 6 weeks (Health and Social Care Information Centre,...

The F word: Midwifery students' understanding of feminism

The Oxford Dictionary defines feminism as ‘the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’ This is a basic definition, and it is argued that feminism has many, with an...

What influences women to stop or continue breastfeeding? A thematic analysis

Breastfeeding is a natural form of infant feeding, but not all women breastfeed, and those who do may not necessarily feed for the recommended length of time (Feenstra et al, 2018) It is advised that...

Childbearing women's experiences of midwives' workplace distress: Patient and public involvement

The wellbeing of health professionals can be linked with the quality and safety of healthcare services (Hall et al, 2016; Royal College of Physicians, 2016) Midwives in particular can experience a...

Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review

Postnatal depression is a significant global health issue and affects 26–85% of postpartum women who experience the so-called ‘baby blues’ Of these, 10–15% have been found to deteriorate to a major...

The experiences of pregnant migrant women in detention: A qualitative study

Pregnant migrant women can be held in detention in the UK for a number of reasons These include on arrival, while awaiting a decision on their right to entry; if they have been refused permission to...

Communication with health professionals: The views of pregnant women with a raised BMI

Women with a raised body mass index (BMI) of ≥30 kg/m2 have an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications and adverse outcomes (Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries, 2010) For most adults,...

How do modern parents deal with cultural beliefs about breastfeeding? A qualitative study

Background Cultural beliefs strongly affect the practice of breastfeeding. Interpretations of cultural beliefs change over time, particularly among modern parents; however, knowledge of these changes...

The effectiveness of an online module for midwives conducting antenatal pertussis vaccinations

There has been a resurgence in pertussis, with the highest incidence and complication rates in young infants, and deaths occurring mainly before 3 months of age (Healy, 2016) The most effective way to...

Student midwives' education needs and their experience of attending a bereavement education workshop

Student midwives may encounter bereaved parents at their most vulnerable time, as they attempt to come to terms with the diagnosis of, and give meaning to, their baby's death (Kelley and Trindad,...

Recreational exercise during pregnancy: Attitudes and beliefs of midwives and physiotherapists

Many studies have confirmed the benefits of recreational exercise during pregnancy for both the mother and the fetus (Magro-Malosso 2017; Rogoziñska et al, 2017) Recreational exercise is defined by...

Maternal attitude towards breastfeeding: A concept analysis

This article explores and clarifies the concept of maternal attitude as related to breastfeeding by exploring the literature and undertaking a concept analysis using Walker and Avant's (2011)...

Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation in children in the UK

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also referred to as ‘cutting’ (World Health Organization (WHO), 2018), has become an area of increasing concern in the UK and other developed countries due to...

Supporting the transition to parenthood: Development of a group health-promoting programme

High-quality perinatal care is of central importance to public health and the broader agenda for global health (ten Hoope-Bender et al, 2014) In antenatal care, the focal point has shifted from...

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