The need for improved emotional support: A pilot online survey of Australian women's access to healthcare services and support at the time of miscarriage.
CONCLUSION: There is clear mismatch between the support women want at the time of miscarriage and the care they receive from healthcare professionals. Despite considerable structural barriers, it seems likely there is scope within healthcare professionals' usual practice for improved support care through simple measures such as increased acknowledgement, information provision and referral to existing support services. PMID: 32758392 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 2, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bilardi JE, Sharp G, Payne S, Temple-Smith MJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Enhanced Antenatal Care: Combining one-to-one and group Antenatal Care models to increase childbirth education and address childbirth fear.
CONCLUSION: This study is the first to report findings on EAC and suggests that this novel model may be beneficial in terms of providing education and support, as well as lowering childbirth fear. PMID: 32718800 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 24, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Swift EM, Zoega H, Stoll K, Avery M, Gottfreðsdóttir H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Exploring factors contributing to mistreatment of women during childbirth in West Bank, Palestine.
CONCLUSION: As the first known study of its kind in West Bank, the identified contributing factors especially the limitations of resources and staff are essential to provide good quality and respectful care at childbirth facilities. PMID: 32684342 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 16, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dwekat IMM, Tengku Ismail TA, Ibrahim MI, Ghrayeb F Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternity waiting homes in times of crisis: Can current models meet women's needs?
CONCLUSION: The current global pandemic is an important time to reflect on whether MWHs are meeting the needs of a diverse range of women, in times of stability and during emergencies, and engage in genuine dialogue with women about the kinds of maternity care they want. We need to co-create those systems now so that they are more resilient during the inevitable crises we will face in the future. PMID: 32680790 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 14, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wild K, Kurji J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Exploring unwarranted clinical variation: The attitudes of midwives and obstetric medical staff regarding induction of labour and planned caesarean section.
CONCLUSION: Greater focus on interdisciplinary education and consensus, as well as on shared decision-making with women, may be helpful in resolving these tensions. PMID: 32674990 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 13, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Coates D, Donnolley N, Foureur M, Spear V, Henry A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative study of expectations and experiences of women using a social media support group when exclusively expressing breastmilk to feed their infant.
CONCLUSION: The study highlights the importance of both antenatal and postnatal education and support, the need for reliable information, and the impact of the inability to breastfeed on mothers' emotional health. PMID: 32674991 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 13, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Clapton-Caputo E, Sweet L, Muller A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' views of caseload midwifery - comparing the caseload and non-caseload midwives' opinions. A cross-sectional survey of Australian midwives.
CONCLUSIONS: There was widespread support for and willingness to work in caseload. The findings suggest that the workforce could support increasing access to caseload models at existing and new caseload sites. Exposure to the model provides insight into understanding how the model works, which can positively or negatively influence midwives' views. PMID: 32653395 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 8, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Newton M, Dawson K, Forster D, McLachlan H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Review of online breastfeeding information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
CONCLUSION: Some websites are tailored to provide breastfeeding information and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. However, only a few contain culturally appropriate key design features. Further participatory action research is required to design online platforms for women from different cultural backgrounds that take into account cultural principles, beliefs and values. PMID: 32653396 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 8, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hopkins M, Meedya S, Ivers R, Charlton K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors associated with a positive childbirth experience in Brazilian women: A cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSIONS: A higher level of satisfaction with the childbirth experience is related to satisfactory antenatal care, a non-abusive, respectful, and informative environment during childbirth, and to the opportunity to breastfeed the baby within the first hour of life. In clinical practice, greater attention to these basic principles of care during pregnancy and delivery could provide more positive experiences during birth. PMID: 32653397 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 8, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Martins ACM, Giugliani ERJ, Nunes LN, Bizon AMBL, de Senna AFK, Paiz JC, de Avilla JC, Giugliani C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Findings from a context specific accreditation assessment at 38 public midwifery education institutions in Bangladesh.
CONCLUSIONS: To measure progress towards national and global milestones to ensure students are equipped with required competencies before graduating as registered midwives will be difficult to meet unless shortcomings within the educational system are addressed. We recommend (i) the inclusion of clinical placement sites in future assessments, (ii) the introduction of an integrated feedback-appeal-response system, and (iii) the development of a system for improved communication links between educational institutions and clinical placement sites. PMID: 32651153 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 7, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bogren M, Banu A, Parvin S, Chowdhury M, Erlandsson K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Why do women choose homebirth in Australia? A national survey.
CONCLUSION: There is an urgent need to expand homebirth options in Australia and humanise mainstream maternity care. A potential rise in freebirth may be the consequences of inaction. PMID: 32636161 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 4, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sassine H, Burns E, Ormsby S, Dahlen HG Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers to delivering quality midwifery education programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo - An interview study with educators and clinical preceptors.
CONCLUSION: The identified barriers constitute major risks undermining the quality of future midwives in the DRC. Reforming the education of midwives, together with general higher education reform, will be critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on health in the country. We therefore suggest that (i) midwifery educators have at least one academic level above the programme in which they teach, (ii) continuing education be available for midwifery educators and clinical preceptors, (iii) education institutes and clinical sites are fit for purpose, and (vi) routines for clear communication links between educati...
Source: Women Birth - July 1, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bogren M, Kaboru BB, Berg M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The effect of antenatal screening for depression on neonatal birthweight and gestation.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Antenatal depression has been associated with poor perinatal outcomes such as preterm birth and low birth weight. Universal screening of perinatal depression has been recommended to improve maternal and pregnancy outcomes. HYPOTHESIS AND AIM: We hypothesise that screening for antenatal depressive symptoms may reduce the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. To assess the hypothesis, we explore the association between antenatal depression screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and neonatal outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of state-wide population-bas...
Source: Women Birth - July 1, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: San Martin Porter MA, Kisely S, Betts KS, Alati R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Identifying the priorities for midwifery education across Australia and New Zealand: A Delphi study.
CONCLUSION: In Australia and New Zealand, it is imperative that collaborative work is undertaken to design and action identified projects addressing these priorities. PMID: 32620382 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 30, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sidebotham M, McKellar L, Walters C, Gilkison A, Davis D, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Navigating infant feeding supports after migration: Perspectives of Arabic and Chinese mothers and health professionals in Australia.
Abstract Optimal feeding practices can establish lifelong, transgenerational and global health benefits. Migration and cultural factors impact infant feeding practices and the support mothers receive for optimal infant feeding. This qualitative study explored support for infant feeding among Arabic and Chinese speaking migrant mothers in Australia. Semi-structured focus groups were conducted in language with 24 Arabic and 22 Chinese-Mandarin speaking migrant mothers with children under five years of age. Individual interviews were conducted in English with 20 health professionals working with Arabic or Chinese spe...
Source: Women Birth - June 26, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Marshall S, Taki S, Love P, Kearney M, Tam N, Sabry M, Kuswara K, Laird Y, Wen LM, Rissel C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Childbirth experience in women participating in a continuity of midwifery care project.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study showed that women who received care from a known midwife in labour were more likely to have a positive birth experience. The results also pointed out the benefits of a less medicalized birth as important for a good birth experience, and that some women may need extra support to avoid a less positive birth experience. PMID: 32595033 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 25, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hildingsson I, Karlström A, Larsson B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Subversive acts and everyday midwifery: Feminism in content and context.
DISCUSSION: Incorporating women's voice and respecting women's bodies and agency in the delivery of care is a fundamental component of midwifery practice. However, while the content of midwifery practice is innately feminist in its emphasis on woman-centred care, it will be argued that the context of birthing in Australia is not. The resultant effect is the emergence of victim blaming in maternity care and the construction of an archetypal 'good birthing woman'. IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Moving away from the myth of the 'good birthing woman' and the act of victim blaming, midwifery could instead direct its foc...
Source: Women Birth - June 24, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hawke M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers and enablers for midwives to use the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives.
CONCLUSION: This study highlights the need for an all-of-system approach to support and develop the endorsed midwife's role. PMID: 32591243 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 23, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Medway P, Sweet L, Müller A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Validation of the MidACE tool - Students' perceptions of the Midwifery Academic role in clinical environments.
CONCLUSIONS: This study established reliability and validity of the Midwifery Academic in Clinical Environments (MidACE) tool. Students perceived Midwifery Academics could contribute further to their professional knowledge, skills and clinical capability through a strong collaborative presence in the clinical environment. PMID: 32576454 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 20, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Griffiths M, Creedy DK, Carter AG Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perinatal psychosocial assessment of women of refugee background.
CONCLUSION: This study showed elevated rates of psychosocial risk factors among women of refugee background, however, possible under-reporting of mental health problems and family violence raises questions regarding how to assess psychosocial risk factors with different cultural groups. Lower antenatal referral take-up suggests barriers to acceptance of referrals may exist during pregnancy. PMID: 32571715 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 19, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Snow G, Melvin GA, Boyle JA, Gibson-Helm M, East CE, McBride J, Gray KM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Epidural analgesia during birth and adverse neonatal outcomes: A population-based cohort study.
CONCLUSION: This study found use of epidural analgesia during birth in low-risk pregnant women was associated with infant low Apgar score and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit. PMID: 32563571 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 18, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Høtoft D, Maimburg RD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Spontaneous vaginal birth following induction with intravenous oxytocin: Three oxytocic regimes to minimise blood loss post birth.
CONCLUSION: There was no difference in the incidence of PPH between the three groups. Therefore, we question the benefit of delaying cessation of intravenous oxytocin for 60minutes post birth. Further investigation in this cohort is recommended, to compare the incidence of PPH when intravenous oxytocin is ceased either immediately, or 30minutes post birth. This research is warranted, as an evidence-based framework is lacking, to guide midwives globally in relation to their management of intravenous oxytocin post an induced spontaneous vaginal birth, in the absence of PPH. PMID: 32546384 [PubMed - as supplied by publis...
Source: Women Birth - June 13, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lewis L, Doherty DA, Conwell M, Bradfield Z, Sajogo M, Epee-Bekima M, Hauck YL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Measuring women's experiences of maternity care: A systematic review of self-report survey instruments.
CONCLUSIONS: Published evidence of the methodological and psychometric quality of self-report survey instruments to evaluate women's experiences of their maternity care is lacking. The conduct and reporting of future development processes of such instruments can be improved. Systematic review PROSPERO registration: CRD42018105325. PMID: 32522442 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 7, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Beecher C, Greene R, O'Dwyer L, Ryan E, White M, Beattie M, Devane D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of interventions for fear of childbirth in the perinatal period: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research evidence.
CONCLUSION: These findings provide evidence to inform the development of future interventions for FOC and highlight the need for further qualitative research globally. PMID: 32522443 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 7, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: O'Connell MA, Khashan AS, Leahy-Warren P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Two decades of Birth Centre and midwifery-led care in South Australia, 1998-2016.
CONCLUSION: Whilst the overall number of BC births has not increased, women seeking midwifery-led care has more than doubled over the past two decades. BC encompass the midwifery philosophy, quality of care, and a physical home-like environment. The BC models in SA are managed through the three tertiary maternity units enabling women to access publicly funded midwifery care and should be more widely available. PMID: 32518041 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 6, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Adelson P, Fleet JA, McKellar L, Eckert M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal mental health and partner-delivered massage: A pilot study.
CONCLUSION: Pregnant women found the partner-delivered massage program to be feasible and acceptable. Both programs decreased women's symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress with no significant differences identified between the two groups. An adequately powered experimental study with a large representative sample is needed to determine whether partner-delivered relaxation massage reduces pregnant women's symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. PMID: 32513562 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 5, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall H, Munk N, Carr B, Fogarty S, Cant R, Holton S, Weller C, Lauche R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of intrapartum care and recovery in relation to planned caesarean sections: An interview study.
CONCLUSION: By incorporating shared decision-making antenatally, clinicians can discuss women's birth expectations with them and better prepare them for their planned CS and recovery. PMID: 32507502 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 2, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Thirukumar P, Coates D, Henry A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives perceptions: Birth unit environment and the implementation of best intrapartum care practices.
CONCLUSION: Midwives identified perceived birth environment barriers affecting their implementation of best intrapartum care practices. Adoption of a comprehensive approach to address the birth unit environment-related factors is suggested to support midwives in their endeavour to provide the best care to women during childbirth. PMID: 32507503 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 2, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Malesela JML Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Design, development and usability testing of Essential Coaching for Every Mother: A postnatal text message educational intervention.
CONCLUSION: Essential Coaching for Every Mother is the first postnatal educational text message intervention developed for mothers in Halifax, Canada. We sought to involve first time mothers (end-users) and postpartum healthcare providers (experts) in the development and usability evaluation to ensure the intervention adequately met needs and was consistent with current practices related to postpartum education. PMID: 32475782 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 28, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dol J, Tomblin Murphy G, Aston M, McMillan D, Campbell-Yeo M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The 'fallacy of normalcy': A content analysis of women's online post-childbirth health-related support.
CONCLUSION: We recommend women have access to online forums moderated by healthcare providers who can notify participants when a problem requires support from a relevant health professional opinion. PMID: 32467050 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 25, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rouhi M, Stirling C, Crisp EP Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

What women want and why. Women's preferences for induction of labour or expectant management in late-term pregnancy.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Both induction of labour at 41 weeks and expectant management until 42 weeks are common management strategies in low-risk pregnancy since there is no consensus on the optimal timing of induction in late-term pregnancy for the prevention of adverse outcomes. Our aim was to explore maternal preference for either strategy and the influence on quality of life and maternal anxiety on this preference. METHODS: Obstetrical low-risk women with an uncomplicated pregnancy were eligible when they reached a gestational age of 41 weeks. They were asked to fill in questionnaires on quality of life (EQ6...
Source: Women Birth - May 19, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Keulen JKJ, Nieuwkerk PT, Kortekaas JC, van Dillen J, Mol BW, van der Post JAM, de Miranda E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Key indicators influencing management of prolonged second stage labour by midwives in freestanding birth centres: Results from an ethnographic interview study.
CONCLUSION: These findings can inform future robust multivariate evaluation of factors, including but not limited to time, in guidelines for management of second stage of labour. Optimal management may require formal consideration of more than just time and parity. Our findings also suggest the need for evaluation of how structural issues involving hospital privileges for midwives and relationships between birth centre and hospital staff affect the well-being of childbearing families. PMID: 32434683 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Faulk KA, Niemczyk NA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Negotiating who gives birth and the influence of fear of childbirth: Lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people in parenting relationships.
CONCLUSIONS: It is important that healthcare staff address both partners' prenatal expectancies and postnatal experiences. PMID: 32418651 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 14, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Malmquist A, Nieminen K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An exploration of midwives' role in the promotion and provision of antenatal influenza immunisation: A mixed methods inquiry.
CONCLUSION: Midwives identified an immunisation knowledge deficit. Midwives who had received immunisation education were more likely to actively promote and provide the vaccine to pregnant women. These findings indicate the need for more immunisation education of midwives in both tertiary and practice settings. PMID: 32418653 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 11, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Smith SE, Gum L, Thornton C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"I guess baby was just too comfy in there …": A qualitative study of women's experiences of elective late-term induction of labour.
CONCLUSIONS: Most women considered the late-term IOL to be a positive experience. Some women requested more information and time to consider alternatives. These women should be provided with supported opportunities to consider the options. PMID: 32404274 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 11, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lou S, Carstensen K, Hvidman L, Jensen TF, Neumann L, Habben JG, Uldbjerg N Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences with breastfeeding in public: An integrative review.
CONCLUSION: Challenges confirm an international commonality that women encounter during public breastfeeding suggesting a multilayered approach addressing community and societal behaviours is required. Insight to enhance public breastfeeding experiences offers direction to improve support. PMID: 32402811 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 10, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hauck YL, Bradfield Z, Kuliukas L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Mental health care for pregnant women in the COVID-19 outbreak is urgently needed.
PMID: 32371048 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 1, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zeng LN, Chen LG, Yang CM, Zeng LP, Zhang LY, Peng TM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perspectives on antenatal education associated with pregnancy outcomes: Systematic review and meta-analysis.
CONCLUSION: Antenatal education can reduce maternal stress, improve self-efficacy, lower the caesarean birth rate, and decrease the use of epidural anaesthesia; however, there is limited evidence of its effects on maternal or foetal physical outcomes. Therefore, antenatal education should be standardised to elucidate its actual mental and physical health effects. PMID: 32360106 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 28, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hong K, Hwang H, Han H, Chae J, Choi J, Jeong Y, Lee J, Lee KJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors affecting rural women's utilisation of continuum of care services in remote or isolated villages or Pakistan - A mixed-methods study.
CONCLUSION: The existing primary health structure in Pakistan provides a good foundation to deliver continuity of care services; however, health services utilisation for reproductive and maternity care remains suboptimal in women who live in geographically remote regions of Pakistan. PMID: 32360107 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 28, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Maheen H, Hoban E, Bennett C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Salutogenic qualities of midwifery care: A best-fit framework synthesis.
CONCLUSION: Findings of this study may be used to further research into ways that salutogenic theory can bring a health and wellness-focused agenda to midwifery policy and practice. PMID: 32327385 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 20, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mathias LA, Davis D, Ferguson S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Opportunities for enhancing pregnancy planning and preconception health behaviours of Australian women.
This study investigated associations between pregnancy planning, socio-demographics and preconception health behaviours in Australian women. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional survey of pregnant women ≥18-years-of-age recruited through a Victorian public maternity service and a national private health insurer. RESULTS: Overall 317 women (30±4.7 years) participated (public: n=225, private: n=92). Planned pregnancies were reported by 74% of women and were independently associated with marital status (AOR=5.71 95% CI 1.92-17.00, p=0.002); having ≤2 children (AOR=3.75 95% CI 1.28-11.05, p=0.016); a...
Source: Women Birth - April 17, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lang AY, Harrison CL, Barrett G, Hall JA, Moran LJ, Boyle JA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A phenomenological exploration of parenting after birth trauma: Mothers perceptions of the first year.
CONCLUSIONS: Women who have suffered birth trauma may be at risk of increased fear and anxiety around their child's health and their parenting abilities. Some women may experience this as feeling a lower emotional attachment to their infant. Women who experience birth trauma should be offered support during early parenting. Mother-Infant relationships often improve after the first year. PMID: 32303461 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 14, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Molloy E, Biggerstaff DL, Sidebotham P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Caring for the carers: Ensuring the provision of quality maternity care during a global pandemic.
This article provides an overview of important considerations for supporting the emotional, mental and physical health needs of maternity care providers in the context of the unprecedented crisis that COVID-19 presents. Cooperation, planning ahead and adequate availability of PPE is critical. Thinking about the needs of maternity providers to prevent stress and burnout is essential. Emotional and psychological support needs to be available throughout the response. Prioritising food, rest and exercise are important. Healthcare workers are every country's most valuable resource and maternity providers need to be supported to...
Source: Women Birth - April 7, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wilson AN, Ravaldi C, Scoullar MJL, Vogel JP, Szabo RA, Fisher JRW, Homer CSE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The future of the Australian midwifery workforce - impacts of ageing and workforce exit on the number of registered midwives.
DISCUSSION: Due to the age distribution of the current registered midwifery workforce the imminent retirement of a large proportion of the workforce will see a decline in the number of registered midwives in the coming years. Additional retirement due to workforce dis-satisfaction may exacerbate this shortfall. PMID: 32273195 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 6, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Callander E, Sidebotham M, Lindsay D, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives in a pandemic: A call for solidarity and compassion.
PMID: 32241720 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 30, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: O'Connell M, Crowther S, Ravaldi C, Homer C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perceptions of paternal involvement and labour pain management in Chinese couples during childbirth: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the need for a family-centred model of care during childbirth that involves both parents in the decision-making process. Chinese maternity services should implement individualised birth plans that acknowledge both parents' expectations and preferences, thus promoting a positive childbirth experience for the parents. PMID: 32222355 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 25, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ngai FW, Xiao X Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'It requires something drastic': Interviews with health care leaders about organisational responses to social disadvantage.
CONCLUSION: Achieving equity in maternal and child health outcomes requires engagement of all key stakeholders (communities, clinicians, managers) to facilitate effective system re-design. PMID: 32205076 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 20, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Yelland J, Riggs E, Dawson W, Vanpraag D, Szwarc J, Brown S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breastfeeding and emerging motherhood identity: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of first time Chinese Australian mothers' breastfeeding experiences.
CONCLUSION: Breastfeeding support to Chinese Australian mothers needs to consider how breastfeeding can be better integrated with their motherhood identity. Health professionals are well-positioned to facilitate this process through a better understanding of mothers' cultural and social contexts around breastfeeding. PMID: 32205077 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 20, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kuswara K, Knight T, Campbell KJ, Hesketh KD, Zheng M, Bolton KA, Laws R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's childbirth experience emphasizing own capacity and safety: A cross-sectional Rwandan study.
This study accordingly measures women's childbirth experience in Rwandan health facilities, focusing on own capacity and perceived safety. METHODS: A cross-sectional health facility-based study was conducted December 2014 to January 2015 in Kigali City and the Northern Province. Childbirth experience was assessed before discharge using an overall assessment and two subscales, Own capacity and Perceived safety, of the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire, with high scores reflecting a good experience. The questionnaire was translated from English into Kinyarwanda. Reliability was tested using Cronbach's alpha; and mean ...
Source: Women Birth - March 16, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mukamurigo J, Berg M, Nyirazinyoye L, Bogren M, Dencker A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of decision-making and attitudes in relation to induction of labour: A survey study.
CONCLUSION: A substantial minority of women did not feel adequately informed or prepared, and indicated they were not given alternatives to induction. Suggested improvements include for face-to-face discussions to be supplemented with written information, and for shared decision-making interventions, such as the introduction of decision aids and training, to be implemented and evaluated. PMID: 32146087 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 4, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Coates D, Donnolley N, Foureur M, Henry A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research