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Susan J de Jersey, Jeanette Tyler, Taylor Guthrie, Karen New
OBJECTIVE: To examine if a brief midwifery education and training session incorporated into annual mandatory training improves the knowledge and confidence of midwives to support healthy weight gain and management in pregnancy. DESIGN: An implementation evaluation using a pre-post study design was used. Midwives completed a self- administered questionnaire prior to and following completion of the training session. Objective knowledge, perceived knowledge and confidence in relation to nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight gain and management, and process measures related to the training were assessed...
June 30, 2018: Midwifery
Sophie Goyet, Priscille Sauvegrain, Clémence Schantz, Christine Morin
OBJECTIVE: We describe French midwives' experience and perception of research and publication as well as their publications in scientific and professional journals. DESIGN: We conducted an online cross sectional survey of midwives from June to November 2016; complemented by a bibliometric analysis of their publications in any language. SETTING: This study was conducted in France, where it is necessary to question some midwifery and obstetrical practices...
June 26, 2018: Midwifery
Dorota Zarnowiecki, Ha Nguyen, Catherine Hampton, John Boffa, Leonie Segal
CONTEXT: The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program is a home visiting program for Aboriginal mothers and infants (pregnancy to child's second birthday) adapted from the US Nurse Family Partnership program. It aims to improve outcomes for Australian Aboriginal mothers and babies, and disrupt intergenerational cycles of poor health and social and economic disadvantage. The aim of this study was to describe the complexity of Program clients in the Central Australian family partnership program, understand how client complexity affects program delivery and the implications for desirable program modification...
June 23, 2018: Midwifery
Vanora Hundley, Franka Cadée, Mervi Jokinen
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June 22, 2018: Midwifery
Karin Ängeby, Ann-Kristin Sandin-Bojö, Mona Persenius, Bodil Wilde-Larsson
OBJECTIVE: (a) to psychometrically test the Early Labour Experience Questionnaire (ELEQ) among both primi- and multiparous women giving birth in a Swedish setting, and (b) to describe and compare their experiences during early labour in relation to background characteristics. DESIGN: a cross-sectional study. SETTING: a county in Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: primi- and multiparous women with a spontaneous onset of labour after gestational week 37 + 0...
June 22, 2018: Midwifery
Ans Luyben, Mary K Barger, Melissa D Avery, Debra Bick
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June 21, 2018: Midwifery
Egle Bartuseviciene, Justina Kacerauskiene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Marija Paulionyte, Ruta Jolanta Nadisauskiene, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Virginija Stankeviciute, Laima Maleckiene, Dalia Regina Railaite
OBJECTIVE: To compare midwife-led and obstetrician-led care and their relation to caesarean section rates and obstetric and neonatal outcomes in low-risk births. DESIGN: Hospital registry based retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary-care women's hospital in Kaunas, Lithuania. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1384 and 1283 low-risk delivering women in 2012 and 2014, respectively. METHODS: The women choose either a midwife as their lead carer (midwife-led group), or an obstetrician-gynaecologist (obstetrician-led group)...
June 21, 2018: Midwifery
Metje J van Bruggen, Lidewij Henneman, Daniëlle R M Timmermans
OBJECTIVE: Situational factors of prenatal screening have changed in recent decades. To explore the effect of a changing context on women's decision making, differences and similarities in the decision-making process of pregnant women regarding prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidy between two periods in time were studied. DESIGN: A qualitative comparison was made between a dataset of 22 semi-structured interviews with pregnant women from 2003 and a newly collected dataset with 19 semi-structured interviews from 2016...
June 20, 2018: Midwifery
Felicity Agwu Kalu, Barbara Coughlan, Philip Larkin
BACKGROUND: Perinatal bereavement is traumatic for many parents. Not only is the experience itself emotionally painful, the impact on their lives is made more difficult if midwives are unable to provide appropriate care to the parents. AIM OF THE STUDY: To explore within an Irish context, the psychosocial factors that impact on midwives' confidence to provide bereavement support to parents who have experienced a perinatal loss. DESIGN: A mixed methods sequential explanatory design was used to complete this two-phased study from August 2013 to July 2014...
June 20, 2018: Midwifery
Joeri Vermeulen, Ans Luyben, Mervi Jokinen, Eva Matintupa, Rhona O'Connell, Debra Bick
A cornerstone of European policy involves freedom of movement of individuals between member countries, which applies equally to those who use and provide maternity care. To promote and support safe, high quality maternity care, minimum standards for midwifery education and practice have been published, including Directives EEC/80/154 and EEC/80/155 which support the recognition of professional qualifications. These Directives established a minimum standard for midwifery education, including the duration and content of theoretical and practical education...
June 19, 2018: Midwifery
Rebecca Benfield, Margaret M Heitkemper, Edward R Newton
OBJECTIVE: Though bathing (hydrotherapy) is widely used during labor to decrease anxiety and pain and to promote relaxation, the influence of cultural beliefs about bathing by parturients is virtually unknown. This pilot study explored pregnant women's experiences of bathing, bathing in labor, and cultural beliefs about bathing. DESIGN: An exploratory, descriptive design. SETTING: Low risk obstetrical clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Healthy Hispanic, Black, White, American-Indian and Asian women (N = 41) at >37 weeks gestation...
June 15, 2018: Midwifery
Susan Hillier
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June 15, 2018: Midwifery
Krystina M McNeil, Salem R Silvey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2018: Midwifery
Jenny Carter, Rachel M Tribe, Andrew H Shennan, Jane Sandall
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal death and severe morbidity, so pregnant women experiencing symptoms of threatened preterm labour may be very anxious. The risk assessment and management that follows recognition of threatened preterm labour has the potential to either increase or decrease this anxiety. The aim of this study was to explore women's experience of threatened preterm labour, risk assessment and management in order to identify potential improvements in practice...
June 11, 2018: Midwifery
Hilda Bonilla, Manuel Ortiz-Llorens, Mary K Barger, Claudia Rodríguez, Marta Cabrera
BACKGROUND: The acquisition of research skills by midwifery students is increasingly important especially for midwifery programmes in universities. Recently, universities in Chile have included the development of research skills in the majority of professional curricula for basic and post-basic degree programmes. The lack of research training is a limitation recognised and shared with other Latin American countries which prevents scientific and technological development. OBJECTIVES: To describe the process of implementation of a programme of research projects by midwifery students in a school in Chile and the results obtained, and the perceptions of students and teachers...
June 8, 2018: Midwifery
Tomás Cabeza de Baca, Janet M Wojcicki, Elissa S Epel, Nancy E Adler
INTRODUCTION: Latina women have a high burden of depression and other mental health issues, particularly in the perinatal period. Suboptimal maternal mental health can have adverse developmental and physiological impacts on child growth. The present study examines the impact of unplanned pregnancy and pregnancy relationship status on prenatal maternal depression in a sample of low-income Latina women. We hypothesized that the association between these prenatal stressors and newborn health would be mediated through prenatal depression...
June 7, 2018: Midwifery
Claudia Ravaldi, Miriam Levi, Elena Angeli, Gianpaolo Romeo, Marco Biffino, Roberto Bonaiuti, Alfredo Vannacci
OBJECTIVE: To assess current practices of health care providers (HCPs) caring for women experiencing a stillbirth and to explore their needs for training to better support bereaved families. DESIGN: Nationwide cross-sectional survey. The main outcome measures were the evaluation of HCPs cognition, emotions and behaviours with regard to the care of women with a stillbirth care, as well as their compliance with international guidelines. PARTICIPANTS: 750 HCPs, in 11 Italian hospitals, were administered a multiple-choice questionnaire...
June 7, 2018: Midwifery
Helena Volgsten, Caroline Jansson, Agneta Skoog Svanberg, Elisabeth Darj, Anneli Stavreus-Evers
OBJECTIVE: Although miscarriage is common and affects up to 20% of pregnant women, little is known about these couples' short term and long term experiences after miscarriage. The aim of the present study was to study emotional experience, grief and depressive symptoms in women and men, one week and four months after miscarriage. RESEARCH DESIGN /SETTING: Women, (n = 103), and their male partner (n = 78), were recruited at the gynecological clinic after miscarriage...
June 1, 2018: Midwifery
Betty-Shannon Prevatt, Evan M Lowder, Sarah L Desmarais
OBJECTIVE: Postpartum mood disorders represent a serious problem affecting 10-20% of women and support groups offer a promising intervention modality. The current study examined participant satisfaction with and effectiveness of a peer-facilitated postpartum support group. INTERVENTION: The program consists of a free, peer-support group, developed to increase social support and destigmatise postpartum mood symptoms. The weekly group is co-facilitated by former group attendees and maternal health professionals...
May 31, 2018: Midwifery
Sian Warriner, Catherine Crane, Maret Dymond, Adele Krusche
An evaluation of mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting courses for pregnant women and prospective fathers/partners within the UK NHS (MBCP-4-NHS). OBJECTIVE: To explore the usefulness within the National Health Service (NHS) of a brief (four week, ten hour) course based upon the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) programme (Duncan and Bardacke, 2010) described here as MBCP-4-NHS. BACKGROUND: The National Maternity Review (2016) and report of The Independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS (2016a, 2016b) in England highlight the need for significant investment into perinatal mental health services, with the Government pledging funding to improve such services through a range of measures...
May 26, 2018: Midwifery
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