Research

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...

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...

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