Research

Postpartum physical activity and sleep levels in overweight, obese and normal-weight mothers

Lack of physical activity and sleep are two key risk factors for numerous physical and psychological health-related issues (Colten and Altevogt, 2006; Center for Disease Control (CDC), 2015) Lack of...

Parents' experiences of clinical care during second trimester miscarriage

Background Second trimester miscarriage is defined as pregnancy loss after 12 weeks and before 24 weeks gestation. The care that parents receive has been shown to greatly influence the woman's...

Women's experience of their sexual function during pregnancy and after childbirth: a qualitative survey

Women's sexual function is a multifaceted phenomenon that mirrors psychological, physiological, sociocultural, inter- and intra-personal influences, including the health of the whole body and internal...

Maternal critical care: Informing and influencing local commissioners

This retrospective audit of maternal critical care was undertaken during 2015 by a consultant midwife and intrapartum midwifery practice educator The aim was to inform local health commissioners on...

Labour pain relief in women with assisted conception and its effects on labour and birth outcomes

With the improvement of assisted reproduction technology, and greater public awareness, a growing number of children are born to women with a history of infertility (Sutcliffe and Ludwig, 2007)...

Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students

The length of the postnatal hospital stay has fallen over the past 30 years, with pressure on health services to reduce this further (Bowers and Cheyne, 2016) With the emphasis on enhanced recovery,...

Creating a dedicated homebirth service: Results of a 3-year pilot

Homebirth is a topic that often elicits a strong emotional reaction from health professionals and women alike It is a subject that, after being deeply out of favour, now has a positive evidence base...

Multidisciplinary knowledge of local anaesthetic systemic toxicity in maternity care: A pilot study

Local anaesthetic (LA) agents are commonly used in all areas of healthcare, a fact that can be overlooked in maternity settings The frequency of LA use in maternity care is significant, and includes...

Obstetric emergencies: Enhancing the multidisciplinary team through simulation

This article will discuss the use of high fidelity simulation in Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust in the north west of England High fidelity simulation is used in the Trust for a few different...

The use of telemetry in labour: Results of a national online survey of UK maternity units

Fetal heart rate monitoring in labour aims to identify fetuses who may be developing hypoxia, and allow timely intervention to prevent long-term poor neurological outcomes (Alfirevic et al, 2017)

Induction of labour: How do women get information and make decisions? Findings of a qualitative study

Induction of labour is one of the most frequently performed interventions in pregnancy, accounting for around 25% of all births in England (NHS Digital, 2017) Induction carries the risk of further...

Women's experiences of tests and procedures carried out at a preterm birth surveillance clinic

Preterm birth remains a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, and in the UK, 78% of babies born were born before 37 weeks gestation in the year 2010 (World Health Organization, 2012) Some...

Improving practice and reducing significant postpartum haemorrhage through audit

The midwife-led birthing unit (MLBU) at Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust provides care for approximately 1000 healthy, low-risk women annually Evidence has indicated that these...

Beyond Brexit: Cross-border collaborations in pre-registration midwifery education

In June 2016, the UK's European Union (EU) referendum resulted in 519% of the electorate voting to leave Leaving the EU will have wide ranging social, legal and constitutional implications including...

Using the Solihull Approach in breastfeeding support groups: Maternal perceptions

Breastfeeding is a public health priority in the UK (Public Health England, 2016) While the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using peer support to increase both initiation and duration of...

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