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

Gynecologic age is an important risk factor for obstetric and perinatal outcomes in adolescent pregnancies.
CONCLUSION: Low GA is associated with an increased rate of obstetric and perinatal complications in adolescent pregnancies. Although the main aim is the prevention of adolescent pregnancies, a detailed evaluation of such pregnancies including determination of the gynecological age together with a multidisciplinary approach may decrease potential complications. PMID: 26205092 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 20, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kaplanoglu M, Bülbül M, Konca C, Kaplanoglu D, Tabak MS, Ata B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Postnatal gestational diabetes mellitus follow-up: Australian women's experiences.
CONCLUSION: Accommodation of the communication and information needs of women with GDM may be an effective strategy for clinicians to encourage completion of recommended postnatal GDM follow-up. PMID: 26197766 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kilgour C, Bogossian FE, Callaway L, Gallois C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Getting the first birth right: A retrospective study of outcomes for low-risk primiparous women receiving standard care versus midwifery model of care in the same tertiary hospital.
Abstract BACKGROUND: There is national and international concern for increasing obstetric intervention in childbirth and rising caesarean section rates. Repeat caesarean section is a major contributing factor, making primiparous women an important target for strategies to reduce unnecessary intervention and surgeries in childbirth. AIM: The aim was to compare outcomes for a cohort of low risk primiparous women who accessed a midwifery continuity model of care with those who received standard public care in the same tertiary hospital. METHODS: A retrospective comparative cohort study design was implemente...
Source: Women Birth - July 16, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wong N, Browne J, Ferguson S, Taylor J, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Paperbark and pinard: A historical account of maternity care in one remote Australian Aboriginal town.
CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of Western maternity care colonised Aboriginal birth practices and midwifery practice. Historical population statistics suggest that access to local Western maternity care may have contributed to a significant population increase. Despite population growth and higher demand for maternity services, local maternity services declined significantly. The rationale for removing childbirth services from the community was never explicitly addressed in any known written policy directive. Declining maternity services led to the de-skilling of many Aboriginal health workers and the significant community ...
Source: Women Birth - July 10, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ireland S, Belton S, McGrath A, Saggers S, Narjic CW Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Tobacco use in the third trimester of pregnancy and its relationship to birth weight. A prospective study in Spain.
CONCLUSION: An important proportion of pregnant women in Spain smoke during pregnancy. Pregnant women exposed to tobacco have newborns with lower birth weight. Smoking during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy is associated with the greatest risk of lower birth weight. PMID: 26166212 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Vila Candel R, Soriano-Vidal FJ, Hevilla Cucarella E, Castro-Sánchez E, Martin-Moreno JM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Swedish fathers' experiences of childbirth in relation to maternal birth position: a mixed method study.
CONCLUSION: An upright birth position enhances fathers' experience of having been positively and actively engaged in the birth process. Midwives can enhance fathers' feelings of involvement and participation by attentiveness through interaction and communicating skills. PMID: 26164103 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 8, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Johansson M, Thies-Lagergren L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Outcome evaluation of an educational program for Japanese midwives to promote breast awareness for women.
The objective of this study was to evaluate educational approaches for midwives to promote breast awareness for postnatal women by measuring the knowledge, attitude and practice of midwives. METHODS: A nonequivalent control design comparing two intervention groups and control group was used. Participants were Japanese midwives agreeing to this study. Midwives in the program group attended the program; those in the text group only read the textbook. Midwives in the control group neither attended the program nor learned by textbook. All measurements were administered at baseline, one-month post-program, and three-month ...
Source: Women Birth - June 29, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kataoka Y, Ohbayashi K, Suzuki K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A cross-sectional study to determine utility of childbirth fear screening in maternity practice - An Australian perspective.
CONCLUSION: Psychosocial factors were associated with both high and severe fear levels. Screening for severe fear may detect women with pre-existing mental health problems that are exacerbated by fear of birth. Australian women with high childbirth fear levels (W-DEQ ≥66) should be identified and provided appropriate support. PMID: 26070952 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Toohill J, Creedy DK, Gamble J, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternity Care Plans: A retrospective review of a process aiming to support women who decline standard care.
CONCLUSIONS: MCPs enabled clinicians to provide care outside of hospital policies but were utilised for a narrow range of situations, with significant variation in their application. Further research is needed to understand the experiences of women and clinicians. PMID: 26070953 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jenkinson B, Kruske S, Stapleton H, Beckmann M, Reynolds M, Kildea S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Who is holding the baby? Women's experiences of contact with their baby immediately after birth: An Australian population-based survey.
CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that there is potential to increase the proportion of mothers and fathers who get to hold their baby immediately after the birth by modifying birth suite and operating room practices. PMID: 26037455 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 30, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Biro MA, Yelland JS, Brown SJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative study exploring how the aims, language and actions of yoga for pregnancy teachers may impact upon women's self-efficacy for labour and birth.
CONCLUSION: Women's self-efficacy for labour is complex and multi-factorial. This study offers insights into the factors which may be involved in increasing it. These include not only traditional elements of yoga such as postures, breathing and meditation, but also the creation of safe, women-only groups where anxieties, experiences and stories can be shared, and pain-coping techniques for labour learned and practised. PMID: 26028282 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 28, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Campbell VR, Nolan M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Digital voice recorders - A conceptual intervention to facilitate contemporaneous record keeping in midwifery practice.
CONCLUSIONS: This paper offers the principal conclusion that the integration of voice recorders into midwifery practice for the purpose of supporting contemporaneous record keeping may be feasible within the current healthcare climate. PMID: 25997729 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Pezaro S, Lilley L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Empathy and spiritual care in midwifery practice: Contributing to women's enhanced birth experiences.
CONCLUSION: Midwives' empathy and spiritual care can play a key role in creating positive birth and mothering experiences. More research into the role of empathy and spiritual care in enhancing midwifery practice in all birth settings is recommended, as is the increased embeddedness of empathic regard and the notion of 'birth as sacred' into midwifery curricula. PMID: 25997730 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Moloney S, Gair S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Reasons for women's non-participation in follow-up screening after gestational diabetes.
CONCLUSION: The women wished to be reminded of screening to increase their sense of safety. The women's experiences seem to reflect a lack of patient-centeredness during the pregnancy, which may be remedied by increasing the focus on the women's need for improved continuity in treatment and care. Participation in follow-up screening after gestational diabetes may be increased by sending reminders to the women. Raised awareness of the women's individual needs and preferences for treatment and care offers potential for improvement. PMID: 25997731 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Nielsen JH, Olesen CR, Kristiansen TM, Bak CK, Overgaard C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Psychosocial risk factors for excessive gestational weight gain: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: The relationship between psychosocial factors and weight gain in pregnancy is complex; however depression, body dissatisfaction and social support appear to have a direct relationship with excessive gestational weight gain. Further research is needed to identify how screening for, and responding to, psychosocial risk factors for excessive gestational weight gain can be successfully incorporated into current antenatal care. PMID: 25959883 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 7, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hartley E, McPhie S, Skouteris H, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz M, Hill B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The assessment of parental stress and support in the neonatal intensive care unit using the Parent Stress Scale - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
CONCLUSION: These results indicate the variables associated with stress and this knowledge can be used by teams within hospitals to provide better supportive emotional care for parents. PMID: 25956972 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 5, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Turner M, Chur-Hansen A, Winefield H, Stanners M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"If you can have one glass of wine now and then, why are you denying that to a woman with no evidence": Knowledge and practices of health professionals concerning alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Communication between health professionals and pregnant women needs to be improved to ensure that accurate information about alcohol use in pregnancy is being provided. Further, it is important to ensure that the national guidelines are being supported by health professionals. PMID: 25952158 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 4, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Crawford-Williams F, Steen M, Esterman A, Fielder A, Mikocka-Walus A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Mothers' attitudes and beliefs about infant feeding highlight barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in American Samoa.
CONCLUSION: This study identified barriers to exclusive breastfeeding that can be immediately addressed by providers of breastfeeding support services. Further research is needed to address the common perception of insufficient milk in this setting. PMID: 25935567 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 29, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hawley NL, Rosen RK, Strait EA, Raffucci G, Holmdahl I, Freeman JR, Muasau-Howard BT, McGarvey ST Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: Further research is required on whether acupressure can shorten labour duration, augment prolonged labour or initiate onset of labour by stimulating uterine contractions. Clinical trials should report the basis for acupressure treatment described in the STRICTA (minus needling) and CONSORT non-pharmaceutical guidelines. PMID: 25911499 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 21, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mollart LJ, Adam J, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Gestational weight gain in obese women by class of obesity and select maternal/newborn outcomes: A systematic review.
CONCLUSIONS: Gestational weight gain guidelines may need modification for severity of obesity. PMID: 25866207 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Faucher MA, Barger MK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Fathers' and co-mothers' voices about breastfeeding and equality - A Swedish perspective.
CONCLUSION: The informants desired that their children be breastfed/get breast milk. Breastfeeding affected the informants in different ways, which they handled by adapting to and accepting the situation, and they expressed a continued desire that their children be breastfed/get breast milk. Parental classes should include both parents to be and address how breastfeeding can be successfully performed and supported without threatening the equality between the parents. PMID: 25864128 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 8, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Palmqvist H, Zäther J, Larsson M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'I really needed help': What mothers say about their post-birth care in Queensland, Australia.
CONCLUSION: Women who birth in private facilities were more likely to spontaneously report concerns about their level of post-discharge care than women from public facilities in Queensland, and publically provided community based care is not sufficient to meet women's needs. Inadequate or inconsistent professional breastfeeding support remains a major issue for early parenting women regardless of birthing sector. PMID: 25864129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 8, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zadoroznyj M, Brodribb WE, Young K, Kruske S, Miller YD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Babies born before arrival to hospital and maternity unit closures in Queensland and Australia.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests the closure of maternity units is associated with an increase in babies born before arrival (BBA). AIM: To explore the association between the number of maternity units in Australia and Queensland by birthing numbers, BBA rate and geographic remoteness of the health district where the mother lives. METHODS: A retrospective study utilised routinely collected perinatal data (1992-2011). Pearson correlation tested the relationship between BBA rate and number of maternity units. Linear regression examined this association over time. FINDINGS: During 1992-2011, the ...
Source: Women Birth - April 3, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kildea S, McGhie AC, Gao Y, Rumbold A, Rolfe M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' comprehension of care for women with intellectual disability during pregnancy and childbirth: An open-ended questionnaire study in Sweden.
CONCLUSIONS: The midwives described specially adapted organisation of care, models of information, practical education and emotional support to facilitate the transition to motherhood for women with ID. They have a dual role and responsibility in supporting the woman, while making sure the child is properly cared for. Healthcare services should offer a safe and trusted environment to enable such midwifery care. When foster care is planned, the society should inform and co-operate with midwives in the care of these women. PMID: 25819511 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 26, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Höglund B, Larsson M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Functional discomfort and a shift in midwifery paradigm.
CONCLUSION: Continuing to practice with a pharmacological outlook, aiming to rid the labouring body of discomfort, is reductionist for both midwives and women. Midwives must seek to employ a new lexicon with which to communicate and facilitate women within the dynamic and continually changing territory of labour. If this conceptual shift is realised, the subsequent positive sequalae of women rediscovering their innate birthing capabilities could create a situation where birth can be considered as an aesthetic peak experience, improving satisfaction on both sides of the midwife-mother diad. PMID: 25819512 [PubMed - as ...
Source: Women Birth - March 26, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sanders R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Caesarean delivery before 39 weeks associated with selecting an auspicious time for birth in Taiwan.
CONCLUSION: Non-emergency caesarean delivery before 39 weeks of gestation was common among the study women, and was related to the Chinese cultural practice of selecting an auspicious time for birth. Further studies are needed to examine the risks and benefits associated with timing of caesarean delivery in Taiwan in order to generate a consensus among obstetricians and give pregnant women appropriate information. PMID: 25805160 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 21, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chu KH, Lee YH, Tai CJ, Lin YH, Huang CM, Chien LY Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The effect of "hands on" techniques on obstetric perineal laceration: A structured review of the literature.
CONCLUSION: "Hands on" techniques have been traditionally used but not been well defined in the literature, therefore it is currently unclear as to whether or not "hands on" technique can reduce perineal laceration. More studies are required to test the effectiveness of a standardised "hands on" technique and also to determine what part other factors such as maternal position, visualisation and use of water might play in perineal laceration rates. PMID: 25773668 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 12, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wang H, Jayasekara R, Warland J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Research capacity building in midwifery: Case study of an Australian Graduate Midwifery Research Intern Programme.
CONCLUSION: To grow our knowledge as a professional group, midwives must develop and promote programmes to build our pool of research capable midwives. By sharing our programme evaluation we hope to entice other clinical settings to consider the value in replicating such a programme within their context. PMID: 25773669 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 12, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hauck YL, Lewis L, Bayes S, Keyes L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The effects of maternal depression, anxiety, and perceived stress during pregnancy on preterm birth: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: Complex paths of significant interactions between depression, anxiety and stress, risk factors and preterm birth were indicated in both direct and indirect ways. The effects of pregnancy distress were associated with spontaneous but not with medically indicated preterm birth. Health practitioners engaged in providing perinatal care to women, such as obstetricians, midwives, nurses, and mental health specialists need to provide appropriate support to women experiencing psychological distress in order to improve outcomes for both mothers and infants. PMID: 25765470 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Staneva A, Bogossian F, Pritchard M, Wittkowski A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors influencing maternal distress among Dutch women with a healthy pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Maternal distress among women with a healthy pregnancy is evident and is significantly influenced by various factors. Midwives need to be aware of these factors, in particular the importance of their role and relationship with women. PMID: 25757732 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 7, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fontein-Kuipers Y, Ausems M, Budé L, Van Limbeek E, De Vries R, Nieuwenhuijze M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Using Rasch analysis to identify midwifery students' learning about providing breastfeeding support.
CONCLUSION: The findings of this study challenge midwifery educators to reconsider the educational activities provided for midwifery students' that aim to develop the requisite skills to provide effective breastfeeding support, including the provision of specific clinical opportunities to learn from breastfeeding women. PMID: 25754763 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Blackman I, Sweet L, Byrne J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Validation of the Childbirth Attitudes Questionnaire in Greek and psychosocial characteristics of pregnant women with fear of childbirth.
CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The Greek version of the CAQ is a reliable and valid measure. The clinical use of CAQ may enable midwives and other health care professionals to identify pregnant women with low childbirth confidence and to provide information and support. PMID: 25747734 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 3, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gourounti K, Kouklaki E, Lykeridou K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Translation and factor analysis of structural models of Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in Serbian pregnant and postpartum women - Web-based study.
CONCLUSION: The Serbian translation of the EPDS showed good consistency and good model characteristics in pregnant and postpartum women. However, cut-off values, sensitivity and specificity of the scale should be determined in the further studies with more representative samples of women. PMID: 25744940 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 2, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Odalovic M, Tadic I, Lakic D, Nordeng H, Lupattelli A, Tasic L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Young Aboriginal women's voices on pregnancy care: Factors encouraging antenatal engagement.
CONCLUSION: The role of female relatives in directing young women's engagement with pregnancy care is crucial combined with availability of known and trusted care providers. Relocation from a home community to the nearest birth facility, and associated accommodation and transport options, are causes of concern requiring health system changes which more fully support culturally safe maternity options regardless of location. PMID: 25740194 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 1, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Reibel T, Morrison L, Griffin D, Chapman L, Woods H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Norwegian nurse-midwives' perspectives on the provision of antenatal diabetes care in an outpatient setting: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: The contextual conditions related to the organisation present barriers for pregnant women to receive woman-focused care beyond the medical approach. The midwifery contribution in this care setting should be clearly recognised and defined so that women can capitalise on the different professionals and their expert competencies and contributions in this setting. PMID: 25703284 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 19, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Risa CF, Friberg F, Lidèn E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Documenting risk: A comparison of policy and information pamphlets for using epidural or water in labour.
CONCLUSIONS: As we move towards a risk-driven society, it is vital to identify both the conception and the consequences of promulgations of risk. The construction of waterbirth as a 'risky' practice had the effect of limiting midwifery practice and women's choices, despite evidence that points to the epidural as the more 'dangerous' option. PMID: 25704865 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 18, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Newnham EC, McKellar LV, Pincombe JI Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's birth expectations, are they fulfilled? Findings from a longitudinal Swedish cohort study.
CONCLUSION: Some women had high birth expectations of which some were fulfilled. An expectation on support from the midwife was less likely to be achieved, while support from partner and the midwives' presence were fulfilled. If the woman's expectations were not fulfilled, e.g. became 'worse than expected' this was associated with a less positive overall birth experience as well as with instrumental or surgical mode of birth. PMID: 25700792 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 17, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hildingsson I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Assessment and documentation of women's labour pain: A cross-sectional study in Swedish delivery wards.
CONCLUSION: The majority of the participating delivery wards assessed and documented women's labour pain, but in an unstructured manner. The wards differed in how the assessments and documentation were performed. In addition, almost all the delivery wards that participated in the survey lacked guidelines for the assessment and documentation of the degree of pain during labour. The findings also showed that the issue of labour pain was sometimes discussed in the delivery wards, but not in a structured or consistent way. PMID: 25686875 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 13, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bergh IH, Johansson A, Bratt A, Ekström A, Mårtensson LB Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' experiences of caring for women with female genital mutilation: Insights and ways forward for practice in Australia.
CONCLUSION: Midwives require education, training and supportive supervision to improve their skills and confidence when caring for women with FGM. Community outreach through improved antenatal and postnatal home visitation can improve the continuity of care provided to women with FGM. PMID: 25686876 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 13, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dawson AJ, Turkmani S, Varol N, Nanayakkara S, Sullivan E, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An exploration of Australian midwives' knowledge of intimate partner violence against women during pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Participating midwives generally reported a high level of knowledge about intimate partner violence but held misconceptions about risks and characteristics of perpetrators of violence. These knowledge gaps may adversely affect their ability to identify women at risk of violence. Education about intimate partner violence was associated with improved knowledge. Future training and education on intimate partner violence should target identified knowledge gaps. PMID: 25684254 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 12, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Baird KM, Saito AS, Eustace J, Creedy DK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Determinants of prenatal health care utilisation by low-risk women: A prospective cohort study.
CONCLUSION: Inadequate prenatal health care use in primary midwifery care is more likely in specific groups, and the risk groups differ when women are referred to secondary care. The findings suggest routes that can target interventions to women who are at risk of not adequately using prenatal prevention and care services. PMID: 25682444 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 11, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Feijen-de Jong EI, Jansen DE, Baarveld F, Boerleider AW, Spelten E, Schellevis F, Reijneveld SA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research