Research

Lack of care? Women's experiences of maternity bladder management

Although a healthy urinary system is an essential aspect of every woman's life, health professionals often neglect bladder management during pregnancy, labour, and puerperium (Carr and Cook, 2009) The...

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...

Impact of an educational intervention on breastfeeding behaviour among pregnant women

The nutritional advantage of breastfeeding for the development, health, and survival of infants and young children has been well recognised around the world and accepted as an important public health...

Early-career midwives' experiences of perineal assessment and repair after normal vaginal birth

It is estimated that approximately 350 000 women in the UK will experience some degree of perineal trauma during childbirth, and 75% of these will require suturing (Kettle et al, 2002; Thiagamoorthy...

Vitamin D reduces postpartum depression and fatigue among Iranian women

For many women, the days after childbirth are associated with the experience of depression and fatigue (Klainin and Arthur, 2009) Fatigue has characterised by ‘a lack of energy, profound tiredness,...

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...

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