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Health promotion

A qualitative study of women's experience of a perinatal group health-promoting programme

An investment in strategies to promote ‘a healthy start to life’ is thought to reduce health inequalities across the entire course of life (Marmot et al, 2012) Extensive research has been conducted...

Overcoming the barriers of vitamin D in pregnancy: A midwifery public health perspective

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2008, 2017a; 2017b) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2014a) recommends vitamin D...

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...

Why is education for pelvic floor muscle exercises a neglected public health issue?

Pelvic floor muscle exercises are suggested as a method to improve pelvic muscle control in the antenatal and postnatal period (Dinc et al, 2009; Bo and Haakstad, 2011; Langeland-Wesnes and Lose,...

Barriers to success: smoking cessation conversations

The concept of public health involves national and local health initiatives, health education and the creation of social and physical environments to protect and promote population health (Dawson and...

Integrating public health practice into the graduate's role through pre-registration education

Midwifery public health practice has significant potential for minimising mortality and morbidity in future populations Many debilitating health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and some...

Are we getting the message across? Women's perceptions of public health messages in pregnancy

The potential for midwives to have a long-term impact on families by engaging purposefully in their public health role has been more clearly recognised in recent years, with publications such as...

Supporting the individual needs of obese pregnant women: Effects of risk-management processes

Rates of obesity worldwide have doubled in the past 30 years (World Health Organization (WHO), 2013) and obesity in the UK is reaching epidemic levels The Health and Social Care Information Centre...

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