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Lack of policy consideration for breastfeeding co-mothers in maternity services

The written narratives from both Jane and Ayesha show mothers-to-be in a great deal of emotional distress. NHS antenatal services for lactation support do not always guarantee support for...

Birth after previous caesarean section

Planned successful vaginal birth overall presents the fewest complications past 39 weeks' gestation with a single previous caesarean section and remains a suitable and clinically safe option for those...

A clinical update on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome during pregnancy, birth and beyond

For those with hEDS/HSD, pregnancy is generally well tolerated (Karthikeyan and Venkat-Raman, 2018; Volkov et al, 2018). Yet, in terms of getting pregnant, lower rates of fertility have been reported...

An exploration of reasons why some women may leave the birth experience with emotional distress

Women use different terms to describe distress in relation to a poor childbirth experience Whereas some women consider it as having been negative, others feel their birth was traumatic (Creedy et al,...

Primiparous women's narratives of confidence in the perinatal period

Pregnancy and childbirth are described as transitional phases or existential thresholds that childbearing women have to cross These events are multifaceted experiences with many dimensions, unique for...

Postnatal debriefing: women's need to talk after birth

A Cochrane review of debr iefing interventions for the prevention of psychological trauma in women following childbirth was published in 2015 (Bastos et al, 2015) Seven trials were included in the...

Detection of breech presentation: Abdominal palpation and hand-held scanning by midwives

The ‘sign up to safety’ initiative (NHS Litigation Authority, 2016) was introduced in 2016 to support improvements in care, and to reduce the number of stillbirths, as part of the Royal College of...

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome during pregnancy, birth and beyond

The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are a group of multisystemic, inherited conditions that affect connective tissue (Malfait et al, 2017)

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)...

Are midwifery students adequately prepared for vaginal breech birth in clinical practice?

The heightened focus on risk affects maternity care providers' attitudes towards vaginal breech birth (Berhan and Haileamlak, 2016), and this professional apprehension may have the potential to limit...

Does extending time limits in the second stage of labour compromise maternal and neonatal outcomes?

The second stage of labour is defined as full cervical dilation until delivery of the baby In fact, it is so much more The woman embodies both physical strength and emotional vulnerability as with...

Midwifery students and routine discussion of birth experience in the early postnatal period in hospital

During training, midwifery students are educated and supported in providing emotional and psychological care to women during the postnatal period Women often have increased psychological needs...

Enhancing inter-professional education through low-fidelity simulation

The increased recognition of midwives as lead professionals in low-risk pregnancy and birth, and the proliferation of midwifery-led units within the NHS, have raised the profile of midwifery in the...

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...

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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