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Source: Women and Birth - July 17, 2019 Category: Midwifery Source Type: research

Group antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: An acceptability study
Good quality antenatal care is essential to improve the perinatal outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia. Group antenatal care (GAC) is an innovative model which places clinical assessment, education and social support into a group setting. Previous studies have found GAC to be associated with improved perinatal outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations, and high satisfaction levels among group members. No implementations of GAC, or evaluations of its acceptability, for an Indigenous population in Australia have been previously conducted. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 17, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jo Brookfield Source Type: research

Development, validation and reliability testing of ‘Perinatal Bereavement Care Confidence Scale (PBCCS)’
Equipping midwives and nurses with confidence to provide bereavement care to parents who have experienced a perinatal loss is vital and impacts on the efficacy of the care received by grieving parents. In education and clinical practice environments there are shortages of bereavement care questionnaires specifically designed to measure midwives ’ and nurses’ confidence and psychosocial factors that impact on their confidence to provide bereavement care. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 16, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Felicity Agwu Kalu, Philip Larkin, Barbara Coughlan Source Type: research

Change is in the air: Reclaiming ancestral wisdom through Birthing on Country in Australia
For more than 60,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have lived and birthed on the Country of their ancestors. Over this time and until the period of colonisation, Birthing on Country was an uninterrupted practice for families. In the last decade in Australia, much discussion has taken place nationally on reclaiming Birthing on Country for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. A commitment was made in 2011 by the Australian Health Ministers ’ Conference1 to implement a National Maternity Services Plan over a period of five years. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 16, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: R. Marriott, C. Chamberlain Source Type: research

Posttraumatic stress disorder in partners following severe postpartum haemorrhage: A prospective cohort study
Partners of women are increasingly present during childbirth and may be exposed to a traumatic experience. Since parents ’ mental health issues (i.e. posttraumatic stress disorder) have been shown to increase the risk of problems in the child’s development, it is important to identify these risk factors. Partners often describe severe postpartum haemorrhage as traumatic. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 13, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Minouk E. van Steijn, Karel W.F. Scheepstra, Tjitske R. Zaat, Joris A.M. van der Post, Miranda Olff, Maria G. van Pampus Source Type: research

Best practice principles for research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in action: Case study of a safe infant sleep strategy
Approaches to health promotion that are collaborative, support strengths inherent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and demonstrate respect and understanding for individual communities, have achieved the most positive outcomes to date. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 12, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jeanine Young, Karen Watson, Leanne Craigie, Johanna Neville, Johanna Hunt Source Type: research

Understanding stillbirth stigma: A scoping literature review
The World Health Organization, and the 2011 and 2016 Lancet Stillbirth series as well as medical and scientific literature, have all called for stillbirth stigma to be reduced. However, few studies have explored or attempted to conceptualise the meaning of stigma in the context of stillbirth. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 9, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Danielle Pollock, Tahereh Ziaian, Elissa Pearson, Megan Cooper, Jane Warland Tags: Review article Source Type: research

A cross-sectional survey of pregnant women ’s perceptions of routine domestic and family violence screening and responses by midwives: Testing of three new tools
Implementing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) screening, support, and prevention within maternity services is becoming common practice but women ’s experiences of screening are not routinely evaluated. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 8, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Debra K. Creedy, Kathleen Baird, Kerri Gillespie Source Type: research

Midwifery students ’ experiences and expectations of using a model of holistic reflection
Reflective practice is a core professional competency and the hallmark of an autonomous, evidence-based midwife practitioner committed to lifelong learning. Despite this professional imperative little is currently known about how the development of reflective capacity is facilitated with midwifery students. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 8, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Janice Bass, Mary Sidebotham, Debra Creedy, Linda Sweet Source Type: research

Analysing constructions of childbirth in the media; Moving possibilities for childbirth beyond gender essentialism
Birth can be a contentious issue with maternity care providers and consumers alike advocating fiercely defended and polarising views. These positions are largely shaped by opposing biomedical and natural childbirth constructions of birth. Contemporary debate on homebirth is one such example which illustrates this divide. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 7, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ella Kurz, D. Davis, J. Browne Source Type: research

Induction of labour indications and timing: A systematic analysis of clinical guidelines
There is widespread and some unexplained variation in induction of labour rates between hospitals. Some practice variation may stem from variability in clinical guidelines. This review aimed to identify to what extent induction of labour guidelines provide consistent recommendations in relation to reasons for, and timing of, induction of labour and ascertain whether inconsistencies can be explained by variability guideline quality. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 6, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dominiek Coates, Caroline Homer, Alyssa Wilson, Louise Deady, Elizabeth Mason, Maralyn Foureur, Amanda Henry Tags: Review article Source Type: research

Perspectives on preconception health among migrant women in Australia: A qualitative study
This study explored pregnancy planning, preconception lifestyles, awareness, experiences and healthcare needs of migrant women in Australia. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 5, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Adina Y. Lang, Rebeccah Bartlett, Tracy Robinson, Jacqueline A. Boyle Source Type: research

Implementing Birthing on Country services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families: RISE Framework
Birthing on Country is an international movement to return maternity services to First Nations communities and community control for improved health and wellbeing. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 3, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sue Kildea, Sophie Hickey, Lesley Barclay, Sue Kruske, Carmel Nelson, Juanita Sherwood, Jyai Allen, Yu Gao, Renee Blackman, Yvette L. Roe Source Type: research

Cultural security in the perinatal period for Indigenous women in urban areas: a scoping review
Culturally secure care is considered foundational for good perinatal outcomes for Indigenous women. It is unknown what literature reports on whether Indigenous women giving birth in urban areas receives appropriate cultural care. The aim of this scoping review was to examine and summarise relevant evidence which reports on culturally secure care for Indigenous women using urban maternity services at any time during the perinatal period. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 28, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rhonda Marriott, Natalie A. Strobel, Sally Kendall, Angela Bowen, Anne-Marie Eades, Jasmin K. Landes, Claire Adams, Tracy Reibel Source Type: research

Medicaid, motherhood, and the challenges of having a healthy pregnancy amidst changing social networks
African American women with low income face various challenges to having a healthy pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancies often amplify those challenges and negatively impact women ’s ability to get the care that she needs. Research has shown that social networks can improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women cope with and address the problems that they face. However, there is little research on how unintended pregnancy impacts the medical and social support that African Am erican women receive. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 27, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Matthew Dalstrom Source Type: research

Birthing As Country
This case study explores the four pregnancy and birthing journeys of Wiradjuri& Ngemba-Wayilwan woman, Fleur Magick Dennis. Fleur provides a personal account of her journeys and relates them to socio-cultural issues surrounding her life during these times. Fleur experienced her first birth in hospital and her three next births at different locations out of hospital on Wiradjuri Country. Fleur is able to show that her personal wellbeing& healing and that of her family& community is linked to her having been able to birth according to her spiritual& cultural beliefs. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 27, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fleur Magick Dennis, Hazel Keedle Source Type: research

Reply to letter to the Editor regarding “Counting fetal movement frequency to prevent adverse fetal outcomes”
We appreciate the response to our article, “Fetal movement frequency and the effect of associated perinatal factors: Multicenter study”.1  (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 27, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Shigeki Koshida, Kentaro Takahashi Source Type: research

Indications for, and timing of, planned caesarean section: A systematic analysis of clinical guidelines
There has been a worldwide rise in planned caesarean sections over recent decades, with significant variations in practice between hospitals and countries. Guidelines are known to influence clinical decision-making and, potentially, unwarranted clinical variation. The aim of this study was to review guidelines for recommendations in relation to the timing and indications for planned caesarean section as well as recommendations around the process of decision-making. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 25, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dominiek Coates, Caroline Homer, Alyssa Wilson, Louise Deady, Elizabeth Mason, Maralyn Foureur, Amanda Henry Source Type: research

Factors associated with breastfeeding to 3 months postpartum among women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus: An exploratory study
Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for maternal and infant health, yet women with pre-pregnancy diabetes (type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus) are often less likely to breastfeed compared with other childbearing women. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 22, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bodil Rasmussen, Alison Nankervis, Helen Skouteris, Catharine McNamara, Cate Nagle, Cheryl Steele, Lauren Bruce, Sara Holton, Karen Wynter Source Type: research

Social support, parental role competence and satisfaction among Chinese mothers and fathers in the early postpartum period: A cross-sectional study
A sense of parental competence and satisfaction during the transition to parenthood can have a tremendous impact on the quality of parenting behaviors, with social support being an important facilitator. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 22, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Xiao Yang, Sun Ke, Ling-Ling Gao Source Type: research

The cost of vaginal birth at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital setting in New South Wales: A micro-costing study
Women want greater choice of place of birth in New South Wales, Australia. It is perceived to be more costly to health services for women with a healthy pregnancy to give birth at home or in a birth centre. It is not known how much it costs the health service to provide care for women planning to give birth in these settings. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 18, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Vanessa L. Scarf, Serena Yu, Rosalie Viney, Laura Lavis, Hannah Dahlen, Maralyn Foureur, Caroline Homer Source Type: research

Survey of Australian maternity hospitals to inform development and implementation of a stillbirth prevention ‘bundle of care’
‘Bundles of care’ are being implemented to improve key practice gaps in perinatal care. As part of our development of a stillbirth prevention bundle, we consulted with Australian maternity care providers. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 18, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: C.J. Andrews, D. Ellwood, P.F. Middleton, C.S.E. Homer, H.E. Reinebrant, N. Donnolley, F.M. Boyle, A. Gordon, M. Nicholl, J. Morris, G. Gardener, M. Davies-Tuck, E.M. Wallace, V.J. Flenady Source Type: research

The problem with counting fetal movements
We note with interest the recent publication of Fetal movement frequency and the effect of associated perinatal factors: Multicenter study Koshida et al.1 in Women and Birth. We welcome the publication of this paper as it represents more research showing that fetuses continue to move frequently until birth. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 17, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jane Warland, Alexander Heazell, Billie Bradford, Robin Cronin, Lesley McCowan Source Type: research

Induction of labour: Experiences of care and decision-making of women and clinicians
There has been a rise in induction of labour over recent decades. There is some tension in the literature in relation to when induction is warranted and when not, with variability between guidelines and practice. Given these tensions, the importance of shared decision-making between clinicians and women is increasingly highlighted as paramount, but it remains unclear to what extent this occurs in routine care. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 15, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dominiek Coates, Alison Goodfellow, Lynn Sinclair Source Type: research

Antenatal asthma management by midwives in Australia — Self-reported knowledge, confidence and guideline use
Asthma affects approximately 12.7% of pregnant women in Australia. Increased maternal and infant morbidity is closely associated with poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy. Midwives are well placed to provide antenatal asthma management but data on current asthma management during pregnancy is not available, nor is the use of guidelines for clinical practice by this health professional group. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 14, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Karen McLaughlin, Megan Jensen, Maralyn Foureur, Vanessa E. Murphy Source Type: research

Perinatal palliative care after a stillbirth —Midwives’ experiences of using Cubitus baby
Usually, parents remain at the hospital for two or three days after a stillbirth in Sweden, and the routine until recently has been to place the baby in a refrigerator during the night. A device, the Cubitus Baby, a specially designed cot with cooling blocks, was implemented in all 47 delivery wards during 2013 and 2014. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 12, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Karin Henley Listermar, Taina Sormunen, Ingela R ådestad Source Type: research

Health care experiences and birth outcomes: Results of an Aboriginal birth cohort
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between perceived discrimination in perinatal care and birth outcomes of women giving birth to an Aboriginal baby in South Australia using methods designed to respect Aboriginal culture and communities. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 12, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Stephanie J. Brown, Deirdre Gartland, Donna Weetra, Cathy Leane, Theresa Francis, Amanda Mitchell, Karen Glover Source Type: research

The return of weighing in pregnancy: A discussion of evidence and practice
Inadequate or excessive gestational weight gain is associated with both short and long-term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes. The practice of routine maternal weight monitoring has been suggested as an effective health promotion intervention, both as a screening tool for adverse maternal and infant outcomes and as a weight management strategy for addressing gestational weight gain. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 12, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Shanna Fealy, Deborah Davis, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia, Michael Hazelton, Alexis Hure Source Type: research

Is it possible to incorporate evidence-based professional midwifery practices into public health services in Mexico?
This study explored the perceptions of healthcare providers and women using public birth care services regarding professional midwifery practices and how can the inclusion of evidence-based midwifery techniques improve the quality of service. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 11, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sandra Trevi ño-Siller, Dolores González-Hernández, Jimena Fritz, Marisela Olvera García, Alejandra Montoya, Mario Sánchez-Dominguez, Héctor Lamadrid-Figueroa Source Type: research

Partner behaviours improving breastfeeding outcomes: An integrative review
The impact of specific supportive behaviours of a woman ’s partner on breastfeeding outcomes is unclear. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 10, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Eirwyn L. Davidson, Richard L. Ollerton Tags: Review article Source Type: research

Breastfeeding experiences and perspectives among women with postnatal depression: A qualitative evidence synthesis
Studies show that postnatal depression affects around 10 –16% of women globally. It is associated with earlier cessation of breast feeding, which can negatively impact infants’ long-term development. Mechanisms underpinning associations between mental health and women’s decision to commence and continue to breastfeed are complex and poorly understoo d. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 10, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Daniela Da Silva Tanganhito, Debra Bick, Yan-Shing Chang Source Type: research

Implementing innovative evidence-based perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background
National guidelines recommend repeated screening for depression and anxiety for all women in the perinatal period. Routine screening in pregnancy is limited due to service, community and individual barriers. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 7, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Suzanne M. Willey, Melanie E. Gibson-Helm, Tracy L. Finch, Christine E. East, Nadia N. Khan, Leanne M. Boyd, Jacqueline A. Boyle Source Type: research

Yummy Mummy — The ideal of not looking like a mother
Pregnancy and childbirth are important life experiences that entail major changes, both physically, psychologically, socially and existentially for women. Motherhood transition and the accompanying bodily changes involve expectations of body image that are simultaneously naturally and socially produced and culturally informed by public, private and professional discourses about motherhood transition. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 6, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Christina Prinds, Helene Nikolajsen, Birgitte Folmann Source Type: research

Comparing the course of anxiety in women receiving their first or repeated caesarean section: A prospective cohort study
Around 30% of births are through caesarean section and repetition rates for receiving a caesarean section are high. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 6, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: N.K. Schaal, T. Fehm, O.T. Wolf, P. Gielen, C. Hagenbeck, M. Heil, M. Fleisch, P. Hepp Source Type: research

Giving birth after caesarean: Identifying shared preferences among pregnant women using Q methodology
Caesarean rates are rising worldwide, the main contributor being the elective repeat caesarean. During the past decades, rates of vaginal birth after caesarean dropped considerably. This requires insight in women ’s preferences regarding giving birth following a previous caesarean. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - June 3, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Anna L. Rietveld, N. Job A. van Exel, Merith C. Cohen de Lara, Christianne J.M. de Groot, Pim W. Teunissen Source Type: research

Editorial Board
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Source: Women and Birth - June 1, 2019 Category: Midwifery Source Type: research

Women ’s experiences of internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (iCBT) for Fear of Birth
Fear of Birth is common in pregnant women and associated with negative physical and mental health. There is a clear comorbidity with anxiety and depression. Internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been suggested as a treatment option for Fear of Birth and a randomized controlled trial comparing internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with midwifery led counselling as standard care has been conducted. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 31, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rebecca Baylis, Johanna Ekdahl, Helen Haines, Christine Rubertsson Source Type: research

Aboriginal Wingadhan Birrang (woman ’s journey) of smoking cessation during pregnancy as they participate in the ICAN QUIT in pregnancy pilot step-wedge trial
Addressing smoking cessation during pregnancy among Aboriginal women is a national priority under the Closing the Gap campaign. There is a need to measure and report interventions to support Aboriginal women during pregnancy. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 30, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Michelle Bovill, Yael Bar-Zeev, Billie Bonevski, Maree Gruppetta, Chris Oldmeadow, Alix Hall, Jennifer Reath, Gillian S. Gould, ICAN QUIT in Pregnancy Pilot Group Source Type: research

Transition experiences of internationally qualified midwives practising midwifery in Australia
Internationally qualified midwives comprise approximately 13% of the Australian midwifery workforce. Despite their central role in the Australian midwifery system, understanding of their transitional experiences is limited. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 28, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mitra Javanmard, Mary Steen, Rachael Vernon, Megan Cooper Source Type: research

Honesty and comfort levels in mothers when screened for perinatal depression and anxiety
To evaluate the degree of honesty and level of comfort reported by women when questioned about their emotional wellbeing during the perinatal period; to investigate if honesty and comfort are associated with perinatal depression or perinatal anxiety; and to examine the reasons why women may not always respond honestly. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 25, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Peta M. Forder, Jane Rich, Sheree Harris, Catherine Chojenta, Nicole Reilly, Marie-Paule Austin, Deborah Loxton Source Type: research

Working with women: Semi-structured interviews with Australian complementary medicine maternity care practitioners
Despite the known prevalence of complementary medicine use by women during pregnancy and childbirth and the evolution of preferred models of maternity care, very little is known about the nature and characteristics of the care provided to women by complementary medicine practitioners during this important life stage. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 22, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Amie Steel, Helene Diezel, Jon Wardle, Jon Adams Source Type: research

Does introducing a dedicated early labour area improve birth outcomes? A pre-post intervention study
Women increasingly present to hospital in early labour, but admission before active labour contributes to overuse of interventions, poorer clinical and psychological outcomes, and higher healthcare costs. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 18, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lauren Williams, Bec Jenkinson, Nigel Lee, Yu Gao, Jyai Allen, Jane Morrow, Sue Kildea Source Type: research

Afghan families and health professionals ’ access to health information during and after pregnancy
Having a baby in a new country can be challenging, especially if unable to communicate in a preferred language. The aim of this paper is to explore the provision of health information for Afghan women and men during pregnancy, childbirth and the first year after birth in Melbourne, Australia. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 13, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Elisha Riggs, Jane Yelland, Josef Szwarc, Philippa Duell-Piening, Sayed Wahidi, Fatema Fouladi, Sue Casey, Donna Chesters, Stephanie Brown Source Type: research

Editorial: Peer review deliberations
The first peer reviewed collection of medical articles was published in 1731, but the subsequent development of peer review has been gradual and, in the case of some journals, the practice was only adopted relatively recently (e.g. The Lancet introduced peer review in 1976).1 Our journal, Women and Birth, has used peer review since its inception in 2005, with an ongoing focus on raising the standards of the papers submitted2 and published. Peer review is now accepted as one of the gold standards of scientific publication. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 10, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fiona Bogossian, Gayle McLelland Source Type: research

Fear of childbirth in nulliparous women: A cross-sectional multicenter study in China
This study aimed to explore the status of FOC and its associated factors among nulliparous women in China. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 9, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lei Qiu, Na Sun, Xinwei Shi, Yuxin Zhao, Ling Feng, Yanhong Gong, Xiaoxv Yin Source Type: research

Acupuncture during pregnancy and the perinatal period: Women ’s attitudes, beliefs and practices
Acupuncture during pregnancy and the perinatal period aims to increase normal birth and enhance a woman ’s birth experience by decreasing intervention and adverse birth outcomes. Acupuncture in Australian maternity services has not been well accepted, and there is limited research evidence as to whether women are supportive of acupuncture treatment. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 9, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Heidi Williams, Linda Sweet, Kristen Graham Source Type: research

“Doing the month” and postpartum depression among Chinese women: A Shanghai prospective cohort study
The Chinese postpartum custom of “doing the month” characterized by generous social support available through the traditional cultural practices was considered to protect women from postpartum depression in early puerperium. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 4, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Guodong Ding, Lei Niu, Angela Vinturache, Jun Zhang, Min Lu, Yu Gao, Shuming Pan, Ying Tian, Shanghai Birth Cohort Study Source Type: research

Delaying factors for maternal health service utilization in eastern Ethiopia: A qualitative exploratory study
In Ethiopia, maternal health service utilization is still unacceptably low. The societal and cultural factors that constrain women from attending these services have not yet been sufficiently explored. Using qualitative methods, we aimed to explore the factors that delay maternal health service utilization in eastern Ethiopia. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 3, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gezahegn Tesfaye, Catherine Chojenta, Roger Smith, Deborah Loxton Source Type: research

Testing the waters — A cross-sectional survey of views about waterbirth among Swedish health professionals
For women with low risk births, waterbirth is an alternative that is requested and provided in approximately a hundred countries. However, in some countries, including Sweden, waterbirth is not generally available. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - May 1, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hanna Ulfsdottir, Sissel Saltvedt, Susanne Georgsson Source Type: research

The influence of yarning circles: A cultural safety professional development program for midwives
A university educated, First Peoples health workforce is paramount to improving health outcomes for Australia ’s First Peoples. However, a significant gap exists between the academic success of First Peoples and non-Indigenous students. The facilitation of culturally safe learning and teaching environments by academics is essential to closing this gap. There is little research on midwifery academics’ un derstanding of Cultural Safety and the translation of this understanding in learning and teaching. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - April 30, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tania Fleming, Debra K. Creedy, Roianne West Source Type: research