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Evidence based practice

Trans and non-binary experiences of maternity services: cautioning against acting without evidence

This article presents a critique of the ITEMS study, based on its report (LGBT Foundation, 2022). The authors of this article argue that the study framing lacks clarity and balance, that there is a...

Midwives’ practice of maternal positions throughout active second stage labour: an integrative review

An integrative review was considered suitable for this study, as this methodology allows inclusion of data from all types of literature to fully answer review questions (Whittemore and Knafl, 2005;...

Stand and deliver: an integrative review of the evidence around birthing upright

This review followed the recommendations of the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA) checklist (Moher et al, 2009), the Critical Appraisal Skills Program (2018)...

Embedding evidence-based practice within the pre-registration midwifery curriculum

Research and evidence-based midwifery practice are essential in order to drive the profession forward and deliver safe, effective, women-centred care Evidence-based practice is not a new concept, but...

What does studying research methods have to do with practice? Views of student midwives and nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 created the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), whose primary function is to establish standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nurses and...

Contemporary midwifery practice: Art, science or both?

This article will consider the debate as to whether contemporary midwifery care should be based on policies and guidelines underpinned by systematic review (positivism), or based on evidence derived...

What constitutes good trial evidence?

Evidence-based practice has been the mantra within health settings over the last 2 decades It is a phrase that can be found in the majority of academic texts and assignments of most midwifery students...

Is the evidence on waterbirth watertight?

Waterbirth has been recognised as a clinically effective means to reduce the intensity of pain during normal physiological labour and increase women's satisfaction with their birth experiences...

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