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Improving care for new mothers with postnatal morbidity in Ireland

As part of a larger mixed-methods study design, a cross-sectional survey was completed. The survey instrument was developed and validated from two questionnaires: the Satisfaction with Outpatient...

Changes in care in the fourth trimester in Ireland: 2010–2020

As a result of its appropriateness in researching experiences through time (Bleakley, 2005), a narrative approach to the inquiry process was used, which is a qualitative research methodology (Chase,...

Managing women in pregnancy after bariatric surgery: the midwife as the co-ordinator of care

Obesity is graded according to a BMI measurement >35 kg/m2 Morbid obesity is classified as a BMI measurement >40 kg/m2 (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2014) It is predicted...

The acceptability of case-finding questions to identify perinatal depression

Perinatal depression has been defined as encompassing ‘major and minor depressive episodes that occur either during pregnancy or within the first 12 months after delivery’ (Gavin et al, 2005: 1071),...

Do women who have encountered vaginal childbirth experience long term incontinence or perineal pain?

Up to 85% of vaginal births result in perineal trauma, of which 69% require suturing (McCandlish et al, 1998; Liu, 2007) It has been suggested that suturing can increase the risk of dyspareunia...

The role of antenatal and postnatal social support for pregnant women with a body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2

Pregnancy is a key time point in a woman's life where behavioural changes can be made (Phelan, 2010) As a result, researchers have started to explore the best way for health professionals to provide...

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