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Lucy Lewis, Yvonne L Hauck, Caroline Crichton, Courtney Barnes, Corrinne Poletti, Helen Overing, Louise Keyes, Brooke Thomson
BACKGROUND: There is a gap in knowledge and understanding relating to the experiences of women exposed to the opportunity of waterbirth. Our aim was to explore the perceptions and experiences of women who achieved or did not achieve their planned waterbirth. METHODS: An exploratory design using critical incident techniques was conducted between December 2015 and July 2016, in the birth centre of the tertiary public maternity hospital in Western Australia. Women were telephoned 6 weeks post birth...
January 10, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Joyce C S Camargo, Vitor Varela, Fernanda M Ferreira, Lucila Pougy, Angela M Ochiai, Maria Elisabete Santos, Maria Catarina L R Grande
INTRODUCTION: The following quantitative observational study aimed to analyse the maternal and neonatal outcomes of 90 low-risk pregnant women who gave birth in water at São Bernardo Hospital. METHODS: A form containing information on the obstetric history of the parturient, the type of immersion, and the labour and birth follow-up was used by midwives to collect the data. BACKGROUND: The Apgar score (at 1min after birth) used in this study, called Aqua Apgar, was adapted by Cornelia Enning...
January 2, 2018: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Hanna Ulfsdottir, Sissel Saltvedt, Susanne Georgsson
INTRODUCTION: The literature describes advantages for mothers giving birth in water, but waterbirth is controversial in Sweden and has not been offered at hospitals until recently. This study aimed to describe and compare the characteristics and outcome of waterbirths with spontaneous vaginal births at the same clinics. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on all waterbirths at two maternity units in Sweden from March 2014 to November 2015 (n=306), and a consecutively selected comparison group of 306 women having conventional spontaneous vaginal births...
December 29, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Jeannette T Crenshaw, Ellise D Adams, Debby Amis
The perinatal trends presented in this article are based on recent topics from conferences, journals, the media, as well as from input from perinatal nurses. Trends in patient care are influenced by evidence known for decades, new research, emerging and innovative concepts in healthcare, patient and family preferences, and the media. Trends discussed in this article are rethinking the due date, birth outside the hospital setting, obstetric hospitalists as birth attendants, nitrous oxide for pain in childbirth, hydrotherapy and waterbirth in the hospital setting, delayed cord clamping, disrupters of an optimal infant microbiome, skin-to-skin care during cesarean surgery, and breast-sleeping and the breast-feeding dyad...
July 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
Karen M X Lim, Pearl S Y Tong, Yap-Seng Chong
OBJECTIVE: Waterbirth has been increasing in popularity in Asia (Lea W. Water babies. The Straits Times 17 February 2011. Available at National University Hospital, Singapore, is the pioneer hospital offering waterbirths to women since 2006 in a unique setting of a consultant-led service and continuous foetal monitoring. To date, no studies have been done on the conduct of waterbirths in an Asia. This study aims to evaluate if water immersion during delivery is associated with increased rates of adverse maternal and foetal outcomes as compared with conventional vaginal deliveries...
June 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gail Hart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Midwifery Today with International Midwife
Barbara Harper
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Midwifery Today with International Midwife
Henry Taylor, Ira Kleine, Susan Bewley, Eva Loucaides, Alastair Sutcliffe
INTRODUCTION: In 2015, 9% of babies born in the UK were delivered underwater. Waterbirth is increasing in popularity, despite uncertainty regarding its safety for neonates. This systematic review and meta-analysis appraises the existing evidence for neonatal outcomes following waterbirth. METHODS: A structured electronic database search was performed with no language restrictions. All comparative studies which reported neonatal outcomes following waterbirth, and that were published since 1995, were included...
July 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Marit L Bovbjerg, Melissa Cheyney, Courtney Everson
INTRODUCTION: Data on the safety of waterbirth in the United States are lacking. METHODS: We used data from the Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, birth years 2004 to 2009. We compared outcomes of neonates born underwater waterbirth (n = 6534), neonates not born underwater nonwaterbirth (n = 10,290), and neonates whose mothers intended a waterbirth but did not have one intended waterbirth (n = 1573). Neonatal outcomes included a 5-minute Apgar score of less than 7, neonatal hospital transfer, and hospitalization or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission in the first 6 weeks...
January 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Rowena Davies, Deborah Davis, Melissa Pearce, Nola Wong
BACKGROUND: Women have been giving birth in water in many centers across the globe; however, the practice remains controversial. Qualitative studies highlight the benefits that waterbirth confers on the laboring woman, though due to the nature of the intervention, it is not surprising that there are few randomized controlled trials available to inform practice. Much of the criticism directed at waterbirth focuses on the potential impact on the neonate. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to systematically synthesize the best available evidence regarding the effect of waterbirth, compared to landbirth, on the mortality and morbidity of neonates born to low risk women...
October 2015: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Maiko Suto, Kenji Takehara, Chizuru Misago, Mitsuaki Matsui
INTRODUCTION: Perineal lacerations during birth can cause ongoing physical, psychological, and social problems. However, the prevalence of lacerations following normal spontaneous vaginal birth in women with low-risk pregnancies is unknown. We investigated the prevalence of perineal lacerations and factors associated with lacerations among low-risk Japanese women who had normal spontaneous vaginal births. METHODS: Pregnant women who were cared for between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2011, in 3 midwife-led birth centers in Tokyo, Japan, where invasive medical interventions are rarely applied, were included...
July 2015: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Valerie Finigan, Diane Chadderton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2015: Midwives
Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Soo Downe, Helga Gottfreðsdóttir, Marlies Rijnders, Antoinette du Preez, Piedade Vaz Rebelo
BACKGROUND: The linear focus of 'normal science' is unable to adequately take account of the complex interactions that direct health care systems. There is a turn towards complexity theory as a more appropriate framework for understanding system behaviour. However, a comprehensive taxonomy for complexity theory in the context of health care is lacking. OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to build a taxonomy based on the key complexity theory components that have been used in publications on complexity theory and health care, and to explore their explanatory power for health care system behaviour, specifically for maternity care...
September 2015: Midwifery
Elizabeth C Newnham, Lois V McKellar, Jan I Pincombe
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30% of Australian women use epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour, and its use is increasing. While epidural analgesia is considered a safe option from an anaesthetic point of view, its use transfers a labouring woman out of the category of 'normal' labour and increases her risk of intervention. Judicious use of epidural may be beneficial in particular situations, but its current common use needs to be assessed more closely. This has not yet been explored in the Australian context...
September 2015: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
S Brook-Smith, M Robson, N Johnson, A Lam, M Leonard, C Torres-Sanchez, M Desmulliez, Fc Denison
BACKGROUND: Water immersion during labour and birth is recognised as a means of empowering women and reducing need for analgesia. Although waterbirth is a 'hands off' birth, midwives are required to monitor progress and assist controlled delivery of the head. Viewing using a handheld mirror can often be restricted due to maternal position or inadequate lighting, which has implications for infection control and manual handling. There is therefore an unmet clinical need for a mirror with an inbuilt light suitable for use in waterbirths...
June 2014: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
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2014: Midwives
Marian Sellar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2008: Midwives
Elizabeth Nutter, Shaunette Meyer, Jenna Shaw-Battista, Amy Marowitz
INTRODUCTION: Despite a growing body of evidence for waterbirth safety, a myriad of political and cultural issues result in limited use in US hospitals compared to other developed nations. The purpose of this article is to critically analyze the evidence on maternal and neonatal outcomes of waterbirth to help inform evidence-based clinical practice in the United States. METHODS: A literature search was performed using electronic databases CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, and PsycINFO...
May 2014: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Elizabeth Nutter, Jenna Shaw-Battista, Amy Marowitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2014: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Leyla Mollamahmutoğlu, Ozlem Moraloğlu, Sebnem Ozyer, Filiz Akın Su, Rana Karayalçın, Necati Hançerlioğlu, Ozlem Uzunlar, Uğur Dilmen
OBJECTIVE: To document the practice of labour in water, to assess the effects of water immersion during labor and/or birth (labour stages 1, 2 and 3) on maternal, fetal and neonatal wellbeing and to compare the outcomes and safety with conventional vaginal deliveries and deliveries with epidural analgesia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two-hundred and seven women electing for waterbirth (n=207) were compared with women having conventional vaginal deliveries (n=204) and vaginal deliveries with epidural analgesia (n=191)...
2012: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
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