Pregnant women's thoughts when assessing fear of birth on the Fear of Birth Scale.
CONCLUSION: Women could clearly assess, describe, and discuss fear of birth using the Fear of Birth Scale. This supports the use of the Fear of Birth Scale in clinical settings as a starting point for further dialogue about women's fear of birth. The dialogue may identify women's need for information, treatment, and referral when necessary. PMID: 26710973 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 19, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ternström E, Hildingsson I, Haines H, Rubertsson C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Iranian pregnant teenage women tell the story of "fast development": A phenomenological study.
CONCLUSION: Teenage pregnant women simultaneously encounter multiple developmental challenges related to adolescence period, marriage, pregnancy, and mothering responsibilities. According to the results, fast development concept should be considered by healthcare providers in order to offer comprehensive and age-appropriate health services to pregnant teenage women for successful transition from the multiple developmental stages. Moreover, this concept will help health care providers, especially midwives, to understand how to deal with pregnant teenagers. PMID: 26651284 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 30, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mohammadi N, Montazeri S, Alaghband Rad J, Ardabili HE, Gharacheh M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

At pains to consent: A narrative inquiry into women's attempts of natural childbirth.
CONCLUSION: The women's stories suggest that U.S. medical establishments, the media, and society need to empower pregnant and birthing women by creating new narratives of labour and positive spaces of relationality. Furthermore, health care professionals need to critically examine their usage of the medical model of care while respecting women's choices and agency. PMID: 26639037 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Happel-Parkins A, Azim KA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Understanding the 'work' of caseload midwives: A mixed-methods exploration of two caseload midwifery models in Victoria, Australia.
CONCLUSION: Increased understanding of the differences between caseload work and mainstream maternity models, and introducing opportunities to be exposed to caseload work may contribute to sustainability of caseload models. PMID: 26631349 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 26, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Newton MS, McLachlan HL, Forster DA, Willis KF Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Beyond the 'teachable moment' - A conceptual analysis of women's perinatal behaviour change.
DISCUSSION: This analysis offers new avenues for research and practice, including identifying discrete events that may trigger shifts in capability, opportunity or motivation, and whether and how interventions might promote initiation and maintenance of perinatal health behaviours. PMID: 26626592 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 25, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Olander EK, Darwin ZJ, Atkinson L, Smith DM, Gardner B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of having a Bachelor of Midwifery student provide continuity of care.
This study aimed to investigates the woman's experiences. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive cohort design was used. A paper-based survey was posted to all women cared for by a midwifery student in 2013 (n=698). Descriptive statistics were used to explore the proportion, mean score, standard deviation and range of the variables. Construct validity of the Satisfaction and Respect Scales was tested using exploratory factor analysis. Free text responses were analysed using latent content analysis. RESULT: One-third of women returned a completed survey (n=237/698, 34%). There was a significant positive correlation (p
Source: Women Birth - November 23, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tickle N, Sidebotham M, Fenwick J, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Young student's motivations to choose an undergraduate midwifery program.
CONCLUSION: Creating opportunities for young people to be exposed to positive constructions of childbirth as well as midwifery role models may increase the number of young students entering midwifery. There is also a need for information to be provided to school careers officers to assist them to understand the distinction between midwifery and nursing. PMID: 26616561 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 23, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cullen D, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Readiness for practice change: Evaluation of a tool for the Australian midwifery context.
CONCLUSIONS: This study provides valuable information about the broad suitability of the tested tool for Australian midwifery settings. Further research is required to evaluate a revised version. PMID: 26610655 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 20, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bayes S, Fenwick J, Jennings D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Implementing caseload midwifery: Exploring the views of maternity managers in Australia - A national cross-sectional survey.
CONCLUSION: This is the first study to explore caseload implementation at a national level. Although the number of services offering caseload midwifery care has increased nationally, access remains relatively limited. Women who live in metropolitan areas and who are considered at 'low obstetric risk' are most likely to be able to access this model. Funding and support for establishing new models are the main barriers to implementation. PMID: 26603016 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dawson K, McLachlan H, Newton M, Forster D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Understanding psychological traumatic birth experiences: A literature review.
CONCLUSION: Risk factors for birth trauma need to be addressed prior to birth. Consideration needs to be taken regarding quality provider interactions and education for maternity care providers on the value of positive interactions with women. Further research is required into the benefits of early identification of risk factors for birth trauma, improving Quality of Provider Interactions and how midwifery-led interventions and continuity of midwifery carer models could help reduce the number of women experiencing birth trauma. PMID: 26563636 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Simpson M, Catling C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery capacity building in Papua New Guinea: Key achievements and ways forward.
CONCLUSION: The MCHI has contributed to strengthening the midwifery workforce nationally. However, scaling-up and sustaining these achievements requires leadership and funding commitments from the midwifery schools and government alongside the accreditation of midwifery curricula and regulation of new graduates. PMID: 26563637 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dawson A, Kililo M, Geita L, Mola G, Brodie PM, Rumsey M, Copeland F, Neill A, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The perspectives of obese women receiving antenatal care: A qualitative study of women's experiences.
CONCLUSION: Specialist lifestyle interventions for obese women should be a priority in antenatal care. Extra support is required to assist obese women in pregnancy achieve recommended nutritional and weight goals. Health professionals should approach the issue of maternal obesity in an informative but non-judgmental way. PMID: 26563638 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Knight-Agarwal CR, Williams LT, Davis D, Davey R, Shepherd R, Downing A, Lawson K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The structure and organisation of home-based postnatal care in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: A cross-sectional survey.
CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that the majority of women receive at least one home-based postnatal visit, and that service provision on the whole is similar across the state. Further work should explore the optimum number and timing of visits, what components of care are most valued by women, and what model best ensures the timely detection and prevention of postpartum complications, be they psychological or physiological. PMID: 26563639 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Forster DA, McKay H, Powell R, Wahlstedt E, Farrell T, Ford R, McLachlan HL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The evaluation of an oral health education program for midwives in Australia.
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in improving the oral health knowledge of midwives and assess their confidence to promote maternal oral health post training. METHODS: The program was evaluated using a pre-post test design involving 50 midwives purposively recruited from two states in Australia. The pre-post questionnaire contained 24 knowledge items previously pilot tested as well as items exploring confidence in promoting oral health and perceptions of the program. FINDINGS: The results showed a significant improvement in the oral health knowledge (↑21.5%, p
Source: Women Birth - November 6, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: George A, Lang G, Johnson M, Ridge A, de Silva AM, Ajwani S, Bhole S, Blinkhorn A, Dahlen HG, Ellis S, Yeo A, Langdon R, Carpenter L, Heilbrunn-Lang A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Facilitators of prenatal care in an exemplar urban clinic.
CONCLUSION: While qualitative data cannot demonstrate causation, this study provides support that a compassionate and personalized approach to care motivates women to access needed services in pregnancy. Clinic staff are an essential component of the access process. Women overcame barriers to obtain personalized, culturally appropriate care provided by kind, competent practitioners. Clinic staff and practitioners should develop a connection with each woman by providing care that meets her physical, cultural, and personal needs. PMID: 26530714 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 31, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Phillippi JC, Holley SL, Payne K, Schorn MN, Karp SM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Ethnicity or cultural group identity of pregnant women in Sydney, Australia: Is country of birth a reliable proxy measure?
CONCLUSIONS: Ethnicity and cultural group identity are complex concepts; women across and within countries of birth identified differently, indicating country of birth is not a reliable measure. To better understand the identities of the women receiving maternity care, midwives, clinicians and researchers have an ethical responsibility to challenge practices that quantify cultural group or ethnicity, or use country of birth as a convenient proxy measure. PMID: 26520636 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 28, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Porter M, Todd AL, Zhang LY Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The future of baby hatches in China.
PMID: 26522959 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sun W, Zheng Y, Xie Y Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Beyond birth: Women's concerns about post-birth care in an Australian urban community.
CONCLUSION: There is a clear need for community post-birth care that will provide mothers with the information and psychosocial support they need. Currently, private, home-birth midwives and pharmacy nurses are providing women-centred care more effectively than nurses in publicly funded CFHC or GPs. This seems to be linked to continuity of carer, and to service priorities, resulting in inequities and systematic variations in the quality of post-birth care. Further research on this important health care issue is recommended. PMID: 26522960 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Woodward BM, Zadoroznyj M, Benoit C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'Midwives Overboard!' Inside their hearts are breaking, their makeup may be flaking but their smile still stays on.
CONCLUSIONS: Ethically, midwives are entitled to a psychologically safe professional journey. This paper offers the principal conclusion that when maternity services invest in the mental health and wellbeing of midwives, they may reap the rewards of improved patient care, improved staff experience and safer maternity services. PMID: 26522961 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Pezaro S, Clyne W, Turner A, Fulton EA, Gerada C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal perceptions of breastfeeding difficulty after caesarean section with regional anaesthesia: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Key recommendations included increasing skin to skin contact after caesarean section to support the natural instincts of mother and baby, increasing education on possible effects of surgical delivery on breastfeeding and increasing postnatal breastfeeding support for this group of women. Broader issues of inadequate staffing and a changing postnatal dynamic reflecting increased post-surgical care need further exploration. PMID: 26516036 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 26, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chaplin J, Kelly J, Kildea S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Postnatal and neonatal care after home birth: A community-based study in Nepal.
CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that there is great scope to strengthen community-based postnatal and neonatal care to screen for and identify postnatal and neonatal problems, especially at home birth. PMID: 26508389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 24, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Karkee R, Khanal V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers and facilitators for vaginal breech births in Australia: Clinician's experiences.
CONCLUSIONS: In order to facilitate vaginal breech birth and ensure it is given as an option to women, it is necessary to educate, upskill and support colleagues to increase their confidence and abilities, carefully counsel and select suitable women, and approach the option in a calm, collaborative way. PMID: 26472624 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 12, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Catling C, Petrovska K, Watts N, Bisits A, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perceptions of pregnancy experiences when using a community-based antenatal service: A qualitative study of refugee and migrant women in Perth, Western Australia.
CONCLUSION: Using a community-based antenatal service specialising in maternity care of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enabled the needs of refugee and migrant women to be recognised and met, and therefore enhanced their perception of the pregnancy experience. PMID: 26410632 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 22, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Owens C, Dandy J, Hancock P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Evaluating a standardised clinical assessment tool for pre-registration midwifery students: A cross-sectional survey of midwifery students and midwives in Australia.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: A common clinical assessment tool for evaluating midwifery students' clinical practice may facilitate the provision of consistent, reliable and objective assessment of student skills and competency. PMID: 26403259 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 21, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Morrow J, Biggs L, Stelfox S, Phillips D, McKellar L, McLachlan H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Length of perineal pain relief after ice pack application: A quasi-experimental study.
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Ice pack is effective for alleviating postpartum perineal pain in primiparous women while multiparous women's levels of perineal pain appear to be poorly explored. Ice pack is a low-cost non-invasive localised treatment that can be used with no impact on breastfeeding. However, how long perineal analgesia persists after applying an ice pack is still unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if perineal analgesia is maintained up to 2h after applying an ice pack to the perineum for 20min. METHOD: A quasi-experimental study, using a pre and post-test design, was undertaken with a sample size o...
Source: Women Birth - September 19, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: de Souza Bosco Paiva C, Junqueira Vasconcellos de Oliveira SM, Amorim Francisco A, da Silva RL, de Paula Batista Mendes E, Steen M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Twenty-five years since the Shearman Report: How far have we come? Are we there yet?
CONCLUSION: A continued and renewed effort is needed to ensure that the forward thinking recommendations of the Shearman Report are ultimately realised for all women and their families. PMID: 26388214 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 17, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Catling CJ, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The experience of pregnancy resulting from Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatment: A qualitative Brazilian study.
CONCLUSION: The similarities and differences found according to number of treatments attempted should be taken into consideration when providing psychological support for expectant Assisted Reproductive Technology mothers. PMID: 26388215 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 17, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dornelles LM, MacCallum F, Lopes RC, Piccinini CA, Passos EP Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The birth bed: A qualitative study on the views of midwives regarding the use of the bed in the birth space.
CONCLUSION: The themes highlight differences in how the midwives conceptualised the use of a bed within a birth space. While some avoided the use of the bed altogether others would only conceive of women moving off the bed if everything was 'normal'. How the bed was culturally constructed appeared to dictate clinical practice. Reflecting on the meaning of an object, such as the bed, is important if clinicians are to fully understand how the birth environment influences their practice and thus women's experiences of labour and birth. PMID: 26386523 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 16, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Townsend B, Fenwick J, Thomson V, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' and obstetricians' perceptions of risk and its impact on clinical practice and decision-making in labour: An integrative review.
CONCLUSION: Practice is influenced by an assumption of birth as abnormal and is compounded by issues such as institutional risk management, lack of midwifery responsibility, fear of involvement in adverse outcomes and personal values regarding physiological birth. These findings suggest that a shift in focus away from risk and towards health and wellbeing in the planning of maternity care may go some way towards providing a solution to the increasing intervention rates for low-risk women. PMID: 26363668 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Healy S, Humphreys E, Kennedy C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery professionalisation and practice: Influences of the changed registration standards in Australia.
CONCLUSION: This paper has shown how the re-registration conditions and standards post 2010 have generated discourse around registration renewal. The simultaneous introduction of regulatory and legislative changes has resulted in the construction of categories within contemporary midwifery practice that do not necessarily align with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requirements for re-registration. Further research is recommended to examine the continuing influence and impact of the changes on the Australian midwifery workforce. PMID: 26346904 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 4, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gray M, Rowe J, Barnes M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: There is insufficient evidence from high quality research on which to base recommendations about the effectiveness of mindfulness to promote perinatal mental health. The limited positive findings support the design and conduct of adequately powered, longitudinal randomised controlled trials, with active controls. PMID: 26346905 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 4, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall HG, Beattie J, Lau R, East C, Anne Biro M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative exploration of body image experiences of women progressing through pregnancy.
DISCUSSION: Our findings highlight the need for the adaptation and expansion of existing body image theories to be used as a framework for women's experiences of pregnancy. PMID: 26342758 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 2, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Watson B, Broadbent J, Skouteris H, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Patient decision aids in routine maternity care: Benefits, barriers, and new opportunities.
CONCLUSIONS: The potential of social marketing campaigns to facilitate patient decision aid adoption in maternity care highlights the need for pragmatic trials to evaluate their effectiveness. Identifying which sub-groups of women are more or less likely to respond to these strategies will further direct implementation. PMID: 26342759 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 2, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Stevens G, Thompson R, Watson B, Miller YD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A glance into the hidden burden of maternal morbidity and patterns of management in a Palestinian governmental referral hospital.
CONCLUSIONS: The burden of maternal morbidity for Palestinian women between the ages of 16 and 48 is high. In Palestine, maternal morbidity can be prevented by promoting a rational use of cesarean section, avoiding unnecessary medicalization, reducing unwanted pregnancies and updating practices of providers related to abortion/miscarriage care. PMID: 26340885 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 1, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hassan SJ, Wick L, DeJong J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A postcolonial feminist discourse analysis of urban Aboriginal women's description of pregnancy-related weight gain and physical activity.
CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, we argue there is a lack of accessible and culturally safe resources for urban Aboriginal women, specifically concerning weight gain and physical activity in pregnancy. We recommend the development of resources that are created for/by/with Aboriginal women to better address that issues that urban Aboriginal women themselves identify as being of key importance. PMID: 26321229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Darroch FE, Giles AR Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Prenatal consultation for foetal anomalies requiring surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: Healthcare providers will occasionally encounter foetal anomalies which may require surgery while performing prenatal screening. They may need to provide early counselling to expectant parents to inform their expectations. When indicated, referrals should be made to a foetal care centre for prenatal consultation. For conditions which may cause danger or distress to the foetus in the immediate postnatal period, preparations should be made to ensure sufficient resources are available at the location of birth. PMID: 26321230 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 27, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Deeney S, Somme S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The association between third trimester multivitamin/mineral supplements and gestational length in uncomplicated pregnancies.
CONCLUSION: Length of gestation demonstrates significant associations with micronutrient supplementation practices. Well women consuming third trimester individual micronutrient supplements in addition to multivitamins experienced a longer gestation at term compared to women taking no micronutrients, increasing their risk for postdates induction of labour. PMID: 26319504 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 26, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: McAlpine JM, Scott R, Scuffham PA, Perkins AV, Vanderlelie JJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Simulation based training in a publicly funded home birth programme in Australia: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Home birth simulation workshop was found to be a useful tool by staff that provide care to women who are having a planned home birth. Developing clear communication and teamwork were found to be the key learning principles guiding their practice. PMID: 26321188 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 25, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kumar A, Nestel D, Stoyles S, East C, Wallace EM, White C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Healthcare utilisation of pregnant women who experience sciatica, leg cramps and/or varicose veins: A cross-sectional survey of 1835 pregnant women.
CONCLUSION: Further research examining all health seeking behaviour and treatment use of pregnant women who experience lower extremity problems is required in order to facilitate safe, effective and coordinated maternity care to further support these women during pregnancy. PMID: 26314622 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 24, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall H, Lauche R, Adams J, Steel A, Broom A, Sibbritt D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A clinical trial of the effect of sexual health education on the quality of life of married Muslim women in Iran.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Marital satisfaction is one of the key factors affecting women's holistic health. AIM: The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of sexual health education on the quality of life in married women. METHODS: The present controlled clinical trial was conducted with a pretest-posttest design on a study population of 60 women (aged 20-45) admitted to select health centres affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Samples were selected through convenience sampling and randomly allocated to an intervention group (n=30) and a control group (n=30). The data collection ...
Source: Women Birth - August 21, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mahmodi Y, Valiee S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

How women with high risk pregnancies use lay information when considering place of birth: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: There are similarities and differences in the use of lay information between women who plan to give birth in hospital and those who plan homebirths. Professionals working with women with high risk pregnancies should consider these factors when interacting with these women. PMID: 26282618 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 15, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lee S, Holden D, Ayers S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Intentions of Muslim Arab women in Israel to attend prenatal classes.
CONCLUSION: In order to raise the intentions of Muslim Arab women in Israel to attend prenatal classes, policy makers must design programs to increase the awareness of prenatal education among both women and men in the Muslim Arab sector, emphasizing its benefits for mothers, infants, and families as a whole. Classes should reflect the uniqueness of Israeli Muslim Arab culture and combine traditional and modern outlooks. PMID: 26275721 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 11, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ben Natan M, Ashkenazi M, Masarwe S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Adaptation and psychometric testing of the Practice Environment Scale for use with midwives.
Abstract BACKGROUND: The Practice Environment Scale (PES) has been used extensively to measure the quality of the practice environment of nurses working in a variety of work settings, and has been linked with quality of care, nurse wellbeing, job dissatisfaction and burnout. Although developed for nurses, many of the aspects addressed by the PES are also relevant to the midwifery profession, and may provide a tool to better understand midwives' decision to leave the profession. AIM: To adapt the PES for use with midwives and to assess its psychometric properties. METHODS: An online survey containing the ...
Source: Women Birth - August 8, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Pallant JF, Dixon L, Sidebotham M, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Caring for families experiencing stillbirth: Evidence-based guidance for maternity care providers.
CONCLUSION: The findings of the review and expert consensus inform the provision of meaningful and culturally appropriate care for mothers and families that have experienced stillbirth. Evidence informed implications for practice are provided to guide the actions, communication, and behaviours of maternity care providers. PMID: 26255990 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 6, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Peters MD, Lisy K, Riitano D, Jordan Z, Aromataris E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Another country, another language and a new baby: A quantitative study of the postnatal experiences of migrant women in Australia.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings represent an important addition to existing qualitative reports of the experiences of migrant women, reflecting poorer postnatal health, issues associated with migration and parenthood and highlighting areas for care improvement. PMID: 26254551 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 5, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hennegan J, Redshaw M, Kruske S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Prevalence and factors associated with prelacteal feeding in Western Nepal.
CONCLUSION: Nearly one-third of the infants in this study were given prelacteal feeds. Future breastfeeding promotion programmes should focus on the mothers with low birthweight infants, of high parity, from a wealthy family and those who had caesarean delivery. PMID: 26252964 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 4, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Khanal V, Lee AH, Karkee R, Binns CW Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' experiences of transfer in labour from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital.
CONCLUSION: Midwives acknowledged the challenge of finding the balance between fulfilling parents' birth plan wishes with hospital protocol and maintaining safety. Transfer for fetal or maternal compromise caused anxiety and concern. The benefits of providing continuity of care were acknowledged by the midwife's knowledge of the woman and her history but these were not always recognised by the receiving team. Discussing the transfer story afterwards helped midwives review their practice. Effective communication between all stakeholders is essential throughout the transfer process. PMID: 26243498 [PubMed - as supplied ...
Source: Women Birth - August 1, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kuliukas LJ, Lewis L, Hauck YL, Duggan R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Supporting women to achieve breastfeeding to six months postpartum - The theoretical foundations of a successful program.
CONCLUSION: Strategies based on self-efficacy theory are helpful, but are not sufficient to promote breastfeeding to six months. Health educators also need to foster the woman's connection to, and trust in, her body and her baby's body to breastfeed spontaneously. Being aware of environmental impacts on how the woman and baby breastfeed; and using one's own power integratively is crucial to women being able to achieve prolonged breastfeeding. PMID: 26213317 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 23, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Meedya S, Fahy K, Parratt J, Yoxall J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Surrogacy: The experience of Greek commissioning women.
CONCLUSION: Findings are reassuring for women who want to parent a child through a surrogate arrangement, and suggest that the availability of counselling services may help intended mothers to cope with disclosure issues. PMID: 26213318 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 23, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Papaligoura Z, Papadatou D, Bellali T Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A selective review of prenatal exercise guidelines since the 1950s until present: Written for women, health care professionals, and female athletes.
CONCLUSION: Research is needed to determine the upper limits of exercise frequency and intensity for pregnant women who are already trained. Healthy women and female athletes can usually maintain their regular training regime once they become pregnant. PMID: 26210535 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 22, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kehler AK, Heinrich KM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research