Screening

Acceptability of newborn pulse oximetry screening

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the general medical term for heart defects that are present from birth CHD accounts for up to 10% of neonatal deaths and up to 40% of all infant deaths when left...

The influence of women's cognitive status on their understanding of Down syndrome screening

The booking appointment is the first antenatal appointment a woman has with her midwife At this appointment, women are offered screening for numerous conditions, including Down syndrome It is vital...

Congenital heart disease: issues with screening at the newborn physical examination

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a significant cause of infant death and accounts for between 3-75% of deaths in infancy in the developed world (Singh et al, 2014) For this reason, screening for CHD...

A new tool to assess understanding of Down syndrome screening information presented by midwives

In England, Wales and Scotland, all pregnant women are routinely offered antenatal screening for Down syndrome (DS) at the booking appointment, according to the UK National Screening Committee...

Gestational diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder in which insulin production or action is insufficient, resulting in hyperglycaemia Insulin is produced in pancreatic beta (b) cells and is required for the...

The cyclical and intergenerational effects of perinatal domestic abuse and mental health

Perinatal mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis, can be present during pregnancy and/or up to 1 year postnatally (O'Hara and Wisner, 2014) Their presence during this...

Non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome in general maternity services

For a woman hoping to start a family, discovering two lines on her urine pregnancy test may initiate profound excitement at a future vision of motherhood This is followed in the subsequent weeks by a...

More needs to be done to prevent Group B strep infection in the UK

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis in infants less than 3 months of age (Heath and Schuchat, 2007; Stoll et al, 2011) Of those babies infected, about 10% die...

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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