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Normal birth

Can continuity bring birth back to women and normality back to midwives?

There has been much research in recent years into midwifery-led models of maternity care, and this has produced considerable evidence that it can significantly improve outcomes for mothers and their...

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,...

Exploring undisturbed birth through art and social media: An interactive project with student midwives

Student midwives in the UK are often learning the skills of midwifery in institutions where the physiological process of birth is disturbed by technological intervention and lack of privacy The aim of...

Caesarean section by maternal request

The emergence of caesarean section by maternal request (CSMR) as a concept is closely related to a shift in the perception of childbirth from a physiological process to a medical one, as has occurred...

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