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Elke Tichelman, Lilian Peters, Jorien Oost, Anne Westerhout, François G Schellevis, Huibert Burger, Janneke Noordman, Marjolein Y Berger, Linda Martin
OBJECTIVE: To assess if and how primary care midwives adhere to the guideline by addressing transition to motherhood at the first prenatal booking visit and to what extent there was a difference in addressing transition to motherhood between nulliparous and multiparous women. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study of video-recorded prenatal booking visits. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 126 video recordings of prenatal booking visits with 18 primary care midwives in the Netherlands taking place between August 2010 and April 2011...
October 31, 2018: Midwifery
Ingrid M Wilson, Eva Eurenius, Marie Lindkvist, Kerstin Edin, Kristina Edvardsson
OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy is a time of heightened vulnerability for women, especially for experiencing violence in their close and intimate relationships. Alcohol misuse by a male intimate partner is a known contributor to increased risk and severity of intimate partner violence generally, however less is known about the relationship between partner drinking patterns and women's experience of violence in their relationship, and particularly in early pregnancy. This study aimed to explore these associations in a large, population-based sample of Swedish expectant parents...
October 30, 2018: Midwifery
Sandra Wagner, Claire Kersuzan, Séverine Gojard, Christine Tichit, Sophie Nicklaus, Xavier Thierry, Marie Aline Charles, Sandrine Lioret, Blandine de Lauzon-Guillain
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of the mother's mother and mothers' previous personal experiences with breastfeeding and childcare in breastfeeding practices. DESIGN AND SETTING: The analysis included 13,774 mother-infant dyads from the French national birth cohort ELFE. Feeding practices were assessed by face-to-face interview in maternity wards in 2011, by phone interviews at months 2 and 12 post-partum and by Internet/paper questionnaires monthly from months 3-10...
October 30, 2018: Midwifery
K P Lee, Eleven Y Lau, Timothy S Sumerlin, Jean H Kim
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitudes and factors associated with promotion of umbilical cord blood (CB) donation by Chinese midwives to expectant mothers. DESIGN: An anonymous cross-sectional survey using self-administered questionnaires. SETTING: Hong Kong, China. PARTICIPANTS: One-hundred-and-forty-seven registered Chinese midwives were recruited by convenience sampling from government obstetric clinics and public and private hospitals...
October 27, 2018: Midwifery
Valgerður Lísa Sigurðardóttir, Jennifer Gamble, Berglind Guðmundsdóttir, Herdís Sveinsdóttir, Helga Gottfreðsdóttir
BACKGROUND: Negative birth experiences may have adverse effects on the wellbeing of women and babies. Knowledge about useful interventions to assist women in processing and resolving negative birth experiences is limited. OBJECTIVE: To explore women's experience and preferences of reviewing their birth experience at a special midwifery clinic. DESIGN: The study is a qualitative content analysis of women's written text responses to semi-structured questions, included in a retrospective study...
October 27, 2018: Midwifery
Virginia Thorley
BACKGROUND: Accurate terms aid clarity in thinking and prevent confusion. In the infant feeding field 'normal' can be ambiguous as biologically normal may not equate with culturally normal in a given time or place. Similarly, the use of the term 'intervention' is appropriate if a recommended practice is not perceived as 'normal' to that culture. OBJECTIVE: This article explores the meaning of 'normal' in the context of infant feeding, since mothers may not perceive breastfeeding as 'normal' when this differs from the experience in communities in which it is considered unusual...
October 27, 2018: Midwifery
Sigridur Sia Jonsdottir, Thora Steingrimsdottir, Marga Thome, Guðmundur Kristjan Oskarsson, Linda Bara Lydsdottir, Halldora Olafsdottir, Jon Fridrik Sigurdsson, Katarina Swahnberg
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate possible associations between distress in pregnant women and their use of pain management and medical interventions. Furthermore, we assessed the effects of reported dissatisfaction in relationship with their partner, or weak social support. DESIGN: This was a prospective cohort study. SETTING: Women were invited to participate while attending prenatal care at participating Icelandic health care centres...
October 27, 2018: Midwifery
Liesbeth Kool, Esther I Feijen-de Jong, Francois G Schellevis, Debbie A D C Jaarsma
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to identify perceived job demands and job resources of newly qualified midwives (NQMs), working in primary midwifery care during their first years in practice. DESIGN/SETTING: A qualitative study, with semi-structured group interviews was conducted. Midwives working less than three years in primary midwifery care in the Netherlands were invited to join a focus group interview. MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: Five focus group interviews were with 31 participants...
October 26, 2018: Midwifery
Rose Coates, Georgina Cupples, Amanda Scamell, Christine McCourt
OBJECTIVES: To explore and synthesise evidence of women's experiences of induction of labour (IoL). DESIGN: Systematic review and thematic synthesis of peer-reviewed qualitative evidence. Relevant databases were searched from inception to the present day. Study quality was appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) qualitative research appraisal tool. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Low and high risk women who had experienced IoL in an inpatient or outpatient setting...
October 25, 2018: Midwifery
Nasrin Javid, Jon A Hyett, Caroline Se Homer
OBJECTIVE: To explore the barriers to providing quality maternity care for women with vasa praevia as identified by Australian midwives. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study using semi-structured in-depth telephone interviews. SETTING: Australian maternity system. METHODS: Midwives were recruited from across Australia. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed using thematic analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty midwives from five Australian states practising in 15 different public or private hospitals who had cared for at least one woman with vasa praevia during 2010-2016 were interviewed...
October 23, 2018: Midwifery
Chunxiang Qin, Wei-Ti Chen, Yunlong Deng, Yao Li, Chunmei Mi, Linli Sun, Siyuan Tang
OBJECTIVE: To understand the cognition, emotions, and behaviour of women who had recently undergone termination due to a foetal anomaly. In this study, we developed and tested a theoretical model to describe how women went through the process after termination. STUDY DESIGN: A grounded theory study. SETTING: Three general hospitals and one special hospital in Changsha, Hunan, China. PARTICIPANTS: 41 women who had recently undergone a pregnancy termination...
October 21, 2018: Midwifery
Linda B Lydsdottir, Louise M Howard, Halldora Olafsdottir, Marga Thome, Petur Tyrfingsson, Jon Fridrik Sigurdsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Icelandic version of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) when used prenatal, explore the dimensionality of the scale and describe its effectiveness in identifying depression. DESIGN: A sample of Icelandic women filled in the EPDS at week 16 gestation, week 24 and week 36. If screened positive in week 16 they were asked to attend a psychiatric diagnostic interview 2-4 weeks later. Every 10th woman screened negative was also asked to attend an interview...
October 19, 2018: Midwifery
Beata Gidaszewski, Marjan Khajehei, Emma Gibbs, Seng Chai Chua
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of continuity of care during the perinatal period is well documented, but implementing continuity of care model to practice requires evaluation. AIM: To evaluate the effect of a caseload midwifery program (CMP) on birth outcomes and rates of perinatal interventions at a metropolitan tertiary hospital in Australia, compared with standard midwifery-led care (SMC). METHODS: This was a retrospective, matched-cohort study...
October 18, 2018: Midwifery
Emmeli Vallin, Hanna Nestander, Michael B Wells
BACKGROUND: Fathers' attendance during pregnancy and childbirth has increased in recent decades. During childbirth, complications may occur that may put the woman and/or child in danger. To experience such situations may be traumatic for the father, as well as may increase his risk of childbirth-related mental illness during the postpartum period. AIM: The aim of this literature review was to describe expectant fathers' experiences of complications during childbirth...
October 18, 2018: Midwifery
Virginia Campbell, Mary Nolan
OBJECTIVE: To explore women's experience of attending yoga for pregnancy classes in order to generate a theory about which aspects, if any, are effective in enhancing self-efficacy for labour and birth. DESIGN: A longitudinal grounded theory study. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with women before they started yoga for pregnancy classes, after they had attended at least six classes, and finally, postnatally. Interview transcripts were analysed using constructive grounded theory and a self-efficacy framework...
October 17, 2018: Midwifery
Ethel Burns, Louise Hunter, Zoe Rodd, Megan MacLeod, Lesley Smith
OBJECTIVE: The principal objective was to test the effectiveness of an online learning tool to improve midwives' accuracy of blood loss estimations in a birthing pool environment. The secondary objective was to assess the acceptability of the online learning tool to the midwives using it. DESIGN: A one group pre-test, post-test experiment with immediate and six weeks follow-up to test ability together with an online questionnaire to assess perceived usefulness of an online learning tool...
October 17, 2018: Midwifery
Agneta Westergren, Kerstin Edin, Denis Walsh, Monica Christianson
OBJECTIVE: To elicit pregnant women's perceptions of childbirth as expressed in their birth plans, and through a feminist lens analyse their wishes, fears, values, and beliefs about childbirth, as well as their expectations on partner and midwife. DESIGN: This study used qualitative content analysis, identifying subcategories, categories, and an overall theme in data gathered from women's written birth plans. A feminist theoretical framework underpinned the research...
October 17, 2018: Midwifery
Ella Kurz, D Davis, J Browne
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the concept of 'transcendent birth', an as yet poorly articulated and under recognised psychosocial wellness phenomenon of childbirth. DESIGN: an auto-ethnographical examination of the primary authors' journaled experiences as a student midwife and childbearing woman. SETTING: three maternity care units in South Eastern Australia as well as the home of the primary author. FINDINGS: The phenomenon of transcendent birth is linked with physiologic birth...
October 11, 2018: Midwifery
Wilfred Njabulo Nunu, Vuyelwa Ndlovu, Auther Maviza, Moreblessings Moyo, Oliver Dube
OBJECTIVE: Despite many efforts put by the Government to ensure that women give birth in health facilities under trained personnel supervision; statistics suggest that ward 2 in Mberengwa District in Zimbabwe has the highest home births. This study sought to assess factors that are associated with home births in ward 2 of Mberengwa District in Zimbabwe. DESIGN: Case- control. SETTING: Ward 2 in Mberengwa District in Zimbabwe. PARTICIPANTS: 35 and 105 women who gave birth at home and facilities, respectively...
October 3, 2018: Midwifery
Nigel Lee, Julie Jomeen, Lena B Mårtensson, Vanessa Emery, Sue Kildea
BACKGROUND: The use of sterile water injections (SWI) for the relief of pain in labour is popular amongst midwives in countries such as Sweden and Australia. Anecdotal reports suggest the procedure is used less commonly in the United Kingdom (UK) and that a number of barriers to introducing the practice may exist. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore the awareness and use of SWI amongst midwives in the UK. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study using an internet-based questionnaire...
October 3, 2018: Midwifery
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