Research

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)...

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...

Evaluation of postnatal education on breastfeeding technique of Jordanian mothers

Breastfeeding has been shown to improve intellectual, neurological, psychomotor, and social development (Olang et al, 2009; Kronborg and Kok, 2011), and to provide all essential nutrients for the...

Are male partners of pregnant women treated negatively in maternity care?

There has been a significant cultural shift regarding the inclusion of male partners in childbirth in Western societies since the 1960s (Hildingsson et al, 2011) Male partners are no longer barred...

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