Research

Experiences of student midwives in the care of women with perinatal loss: A qualitative descriptive study

Around 1/200 births in the UK result in stillbirth and about 1/400 infants die within the first 4 weeks of life (Office for National Statistics, 2015) Those women who experience perinatal loss (as a...

Midwives' experience of offering anti-D immunoglobulin to women: The importance of choice

Informed decision-making enables women to make choices that reflect their own beliefs and preferences and is at the heart of provision of woman-centred care There is evidence that women want...

Practitioners' views and barriers to implementation of the Keeping Birth Normal tool: A pilot study

The use of unnecessary interventions in labour and birth continues to rise A rate of > 19% is seen as medically unnecessary by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Gibbons et al, 2010); in Europe,...

Tongue-tie division. Is it worth it? A retrospective cohort study

Ankyloglossia, or tongue tie, is a congenital abnormality characterised by a short frenulum, which may restrict tongue motility It is usually asymptomatic, but in some cases may cause problems during...

Readmission following caesarean section: Outcomes for women in an Irish maternity hospital

Clinical audit has been regarded as a valuable asset to examine existing practices with an aim to improve quality of health care in future (Johnston et al, 2000) Rising rates of caesarean section...

Is the introduction of a named midwife for teenagers associated with improved outcomes? A service development project

Teenage mothers are a vulnerable group in maternity services, owing to factors including poor health and social exclusion (Department for Education and Skills, 2006) They often have poorer obstetric...

Train together to work together: Reviewing feedback of community-based skills drills training for midwives and paramedics

Skills drills are the accepted format by which health professionals, including midwives, learn and maintain the skills to manage a range of obstetric emergencies (Rogers, 2007) It has been suggested...

Diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus in women following bariatric surgery: A national survey of lead diabetes midwives

In the UK, approximately one fifth of women aged 16–40 years are obese (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m2) and half of all women are either obese or overweight (Buchwald et al, 2009) Obesity is a...

Midwives' experiences of helping women struggling to breastfeed

Breastfeeding is accepted as the optimum way to nourish babies (World Health Organization (WHO), 2016), with proven health benefits for both babies and mothers (Renfrew et al, 2012; Victora et al,...

What is traumatic birth? A concept analysis and literature review

Experiencing childbirth as a traumatic event is a factor that has been highlighted as contributing to poorer psychological outcomes for mothers Up to 30% of women in the UK experience childbirth as a...

Postpartum morbidities in Iranian women 5 years after childbirth: A longitudinal study

Women's health after childbirth is attracting a more appropriate level of consideration than it has in the past (Vanderkruik et al, 2013) The incidence and prevalence of postpartum health issues...

An audit and trial aiming to reduce the rate of surgical site infections for women having a caesarean section

Although birth by caesarean section (CS) is a common procedure, there are a number of potential complications, of which one is surgical site infection (SSI) (Gould, 2007; Wloch et al, 2012) Mortality...

Deliberately unassisted birth in Ireland: Understanding choice in Irish maternity services

In Ireland, some women who are unable to access a midwife-attended homebirth are choosing to give birth at home without assistance This paper describes the experience of four such women, whose stories...

Mindfulness in maternity: Evaluation of a course for midwives

There is increasing literature to suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may address a variety of psychological problems (eg Grossman et al, 2004; Dimidjian and Goodman, 2009; Duncan and...

The power of shared philosophy: A study of midwives' perceptions of alternative birth care in Norway

Implementing safe maternal care is a worldwide concern Optimal care should be provided during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods, and should include both the mother and infant (World...

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