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Talking about smoking cessation with postnatal women: exploring midwives' experiences

Maintenance of smoking cessation after pregnancy remains a challenge, with many women who quit during pregnancy relapsing by six months (Logan et al, 2017) Factors relating to relapse postnatally are...

Sociocultural factors associated with the development of postnatal anxiety symptoms

Childbirth and the postpartum period expose women to various social, biological and psychological changes Although these changes may lead to individual growth and fulfilment, some women may also be...

The midwife's role in suicide prevention

Pregnancy and transition to motherhood is traditionally perceived as a happy event, yet 20% of mothers experience mental illness (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2015)

Cultural considerations in postnatal dietary and infant feeding practices among Chinese mothers in London

Zuo yuezi (ZYZ)—which, by direct translation, means ‘sitting the month’ or sometimes ‘doing the month’—is a traditional Chinese practice of confinement and convalescence for women for a full month...

Factors influencing engagement in postnatal weight management and weight and wellbeing outcomes

Of the four million women who give birth in the USA each year, almost 30% gain more weight than recommended by the Institute of Medicine guidelines (Rasmussen and Yaktine, 2009) It has been...

The case for collaborative learning: Introducing opportunities in the higher education setting

There is evidence that parents want information and services around pregnancy and birth to be consistent and seamless, with different agencies and departments within health care working together, 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...

Mind matters: Developing skills and knowledge in postnatal depression

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is the highest cause of disease burden in women (Dennis and Dowswell, 2013) Postnatal depression has been defined by Diagnostic...

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