Obesity and breastfeeding: The strength of association.
CONCLUSION: Breastfeeding appears to represent a protective factor for obesity in childhood, although evidence is still controversial and underlying mechanisms unclear. Further research is needed to improve knowledge on overweight/obesity and breastfeeding. PMID: 25595034 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 13, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Marseglia L, Manti S, D'Angelo G, Cuppari C, Salpietro V, Filippelli M, Trovato A, Gitto E, Salpietro C, Arrigo T Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' perceptions of their role within the context of maternity service reform: An Appreciative Inquiry.
CONCLUSION: In order to promote the growth of evidence based continuity of care models midwives need to work to their full scope of practice. Strong midwifery leadership is required to enable midwives to re-conceptualise roles and work patterns and identify how they can engage with and contribute to reform of maternity services. PMID: 25582894 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 9, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sidebotham M, Fenwick J, Rath S, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Puts the magic back into life: Fathers' experience of planned home birth.
CONCLUSION: When men have a positive experience of childbirth they benefit personally and emotionally. This experience can strengthen their relationship with their partner and the family. Midwives are ideally placed to involve fathers actively in birth either in a home or hospital setting. PMID: 25572004 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 5, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sweeney S, O'Connell R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Complementary and alternative medicine: Interaction and communication between midwives and women.
CONCLUSION: Midwives often interact with women interested in using CAM. Most value the woman's autonomy and aim to work in partnership. However, various contextual conditions restrain overt CAM communication in clinical practice. PMID: 25560843 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 2, 2015 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall HG, Griffiths D, McKenna LG Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Guilty until proven innocent? - The Assumption of Care of a baby at birth.
CONCLUSIONS: Further research is required to understand the impact of current Assumption of Care. Broader research to not only look at effect on the midwife but also on other health professionals involved and the women who personally experience the removal of their baby at the time of birth. Consideration must also be given to ways of working with vulnerable families to enhance the acceptability and efficacy of maternity services and with associated agencies will decrease the need for Assumption of Care at birth. PMID: 25499793 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 8, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Marsh CA, Browne J, Taylor J, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A cross-cultural study on surrogate mother's empathy and maternal-foetal attachment.
CONCLUSIONS: Environment plays a role for traditional and gestational surrogacy. Surrogate mothers of both groups are less anxious and depressed than normative samples. Maternal-foetal attachment is strong with a slightly lower quality of attachment. Surrogate mother's empathy indexes are similar to normative samples, sometimes higher. PMID: 25487002 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 2, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lorenceau ES, Mazzucca L, Tisseron S, Pizitz TD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's frequency of alcohol consumption prior to pregnancy and at their pregnancy-booking visit 2001-2006: A cohort study.
Abstract BACKGROUND: With evidence of offspring harms and concern for younger women's drinking behaviours, this study uses a hospital cohort to trend the use and changes in women's reported alcohol consumption. AIMS: To examine (i) the trend of women's reported alcohol consumption over time, (ii) whether any increases in the frequency of alcohol consumption prior to a pregnancy are accompanied by increases in the frequency of alcohol consumption in pregnancy and (iii) the characteristics of women consuming alcohol at these times. METHODS: Midwives collected routine data on 19,699 women between 2001 and 2...
Source: Women Birth - December 2, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kingsbury AM, Hayatbakhsh R, Gibbons K, Flenady V, Najman JM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Risk factors for severe perineal trauma during vaginal childbirth: A Western Australian retrospective cohort study.
CONCLUSION: Parity differences in risk factors such as episiotomy, infant weight, OP delivery, gestational diabetes and prolonged second stage warrant investigation into clinical management. Although rates differ internationally, and replication evidence has confirmed consistency for certain demographic and obstetric factors, the development of internationally endorsed clinical guidelines and further research around interventions to protect the perineum are recommended. PMID: 25476878 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 1, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hauck YL, Lewis L, Nathan EA, White C, Doherty DA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women and Birth gets its first Impact Factor: A time to reflect.
PMID: 25484343 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 1, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fahy K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Missed opportunities: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of smoking cessation interventions among socially disadvantaged pregnant women.
CONCLUSIONS: These findings indicate that smoking cessation interventions and associated Quitline support needs to become more personalised and sensitive to the needs of women who face barriers posed by complex socio-economic disadvantage. These findings have important policy and practice implications for Australian public maternity care settings where smoking cessation interventions are embedded. PMID: 25438715 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 28, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gamble J, Grant J, Tsourtos G Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breastfeeding practices in women with type 1 diabetes: A discussion of the psychosocial factors and policies in Sweden and Australia.
CONCLUSION: There is limited research on the impact of attitudes towards breastfeeding, emotional and social well-being and diabetes-related stress on the decision of women with T1DM to initiate and continue to breastfeed for at least 6 months. A more comprehensive understanding of the breastfeeding practices and psychosocial factors operating during the first 6 months after birth for women with T1DM will be instrumental in the future design of interventions promoting initiation and continuation of breastfeeding in Sweden, Australia and elsewhere. PMID: 25435074 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 27, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rasmussen B, Skouteris H, Berg M, Nagle C, Morris H, Nankervis A, Sparud-Lundin C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Survey of women's perceptions of information provided in the prevention or treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in an Australian tertiary obstetric hospital.
CONCLUSIONS: Compliance with recommended oral iron is variable within a population of pregnant women. Women are provided with information on a range of issues relating to the prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia; yet there is a disparity between the information provided and the resulting action. Further research should focus on targeted measures to improve understanding and compliance with treatment from the both women's and health professionals perspective. PMID: 25466172 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 24, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Vosnacos E, Pinchon DJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Prevalence and risk factors for postnatal depression in Sabah, Malaysia: A cohort study.
CONCLUSION: A substantial proportion of mothers suffered from postnatal depression in Sabah, Malaysia. Screening and intervention programmes targeting vulnerable subgroups of women during antenatal and early postpartum periods are recommended to deal with the problem. PMID: 25466643 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 24, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mohamad Yusuff AS, Tang L, Binns CW, Lee AH Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A retrospective, descriptive study of maternal and neonatal transfers, and clinical outcomes of a Primary Maternity Unit in rural Queensland, 2009-2011.
CONCLUSION: The results challenge the notion that birthing services can only be offered in rural areas with onsite surgical capability. More PMUs should be made available in rural areas, in line with national and state policy and international evidence. PMID: 25458610 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kruske S, Schultz T, Eales S, Kildea S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian and New Zealand Indigenous mothers' report respect for smoking bans in homes.
CONCLUSION: Women tried very hard to, and believed that they were effective in, protecting their children from the harmful effects of ETS exposure. In this context, health professionals need to emphasise smoking cessation in parents, so that children are maximally protected from ETS exposure. PMID: 25458756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 8, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Glover M, Kira A, Johnston V, Walker N, Brown N, Thomas D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Relinquish the reins": Persuasion and consensus in the discourse of pregnancy and childbirth advice literature.
CONCLUSIONS: The medical institution is represented in these texts as a dominant force while women are constructed as powerless recipients of medical care. Medical professionals should firstly consider whether the power relations represented in these texts correspond to those enacted in clinics and delivery rooms. Secondly, caregivers should be cautious about recommending popular pregnancy and childbirth advice books to women as the relationship between pregnant women and their caregivers may be undermined by the negative power asymmetry enacted in these texts. PMID: 25458611 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 29, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rodgers O Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Vaginal births after caesarean: What does Google think about it?
CONCLUSION: Almost all sites target a higher academic level, making it beyond the comprehension of the general population. Woman friendly web-assessment tools should be provided to enable pregnant women to take an active role in their decision making. PMID: 25458612 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 29, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bantan N, Abenhaim HA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: Sources and preferences for information.
CONCLUSION: Women prefer to be given as much information about foetal movements as possible. Women favour information from health professionals, mainly from a midwife. Midwives are well-placed to partner with pregnant women and give them unbiased and evidenced based information enabling them to make decisions and choices regarding their health and well-being. While the internet is a prevalent information source, women want to be reassured that it is trustworthy and want direction to reliable pregnancy related websites. PMID: 25457375 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 25, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: McArdle A, Flenady V, Toohill J, Gamble J, Creedy D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Our bodies, our choices: Australian law on foetal personhood.
Abstract The debate revolving around foetal vs maternal rights has been philosophised for years. It has captured attention internationally with the European Court of Human Rights struggling for over five decades to define personhood, and is still yet to reach a definite formulation. A proposed Law Crimes Amendment Bill (Zoe's Law, 2) is currently fuelling public debate about women's reproductive choices in New South Wales, Australia. The proposed legal bill attempts to redefine a 'person' or 'human being' by placing a marker on when 'personhood begins' namely at 20 weeks or weighing a minimum of 400g. Similar laws...
Source: Women Birth - October 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Anolak H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Milk siblingship, religious and secular: History, applications, and implications for practice.
CONCLUSION/IMPLICATIONS: NICU staff may encounter difficulties in providing banked human milk to infants from Muslim families. Different rulings exist and Muslim families in Western countries come from a variety of traditions. Sensitivity is required to explore these issues with families. PMID: 25287645 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 3, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Thorley V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A review of interventions to prevent Type 2 Diabetes after Gestational Diabetes.
CONCLUSIONS: Women need to overcome barriers and be supported in making the behavioural changes necessary to prevent T2DM following GDM. Midwives as the primary carers for women in pregnancy and childbirth are ideally positioned to educate women and engage them in lifestyle and behaviour programmes that prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. PMID: 25262356 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 24, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Peacock AS, Bogossian F, McIntyre HD, Wilkinson S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative study of innovations implemented to improve transition of care from maternity to child and family health (CFH) services in Australia.
CONCLUSION: Improving the transition of care requires co-ordination and collaboration to ensure families are adequately supported. Collaboration between professionals and services facilitated innovative practice and was core to successful change. PMID: 25257376 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Psaila K, Fowler C, Kruske S, Schmied V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Childbearing traditions of Indian women at home and abroad: An integrative literature review.
CONCLUSION: Indian women giving birth abroad and by implication in Australia experience a transition to motherhood in a new culture. While adjusting to motherhood, they are also negotiating between their old and new cultural identities. To provide culturally safe care, it is essential that midwives reflect on their own culture while exploring what traditions are important for Indian women. PMID: 25257377 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wells YO, Dietsch E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Developing a clinical care pathway for obese pregnant women: A quality improvement project.
Abstract PROBLEM: Obesity in pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, from conditions like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth and stillbirth. Between 20% and 25% of pregnant women in Australia are presenting to their first antenatal appointment with a body mass index (BMI) ≥30kg/m(2), defined as obesity in pregnancy. These figures are concerning for midwifery and obstetric staff directly involved in the clinical care of these women and their families. In the absence of national or state clinical practice guidelines for managing the risks ...
Source: Women Birth - September 19, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fealy S, Hure A, Browne G, Prince C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A prospective examination of depression, anxiety and stress throughout pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Current findings indicate that symptom levels of depression, anxiety and stress vary over the course of pregnancy. Increased depression in early pregnancy seemed to be particularly pertinent as it not only predicted later depression symptoms, but also increased anxiety and stress in late pregnancy. Collectively, these results further highlight the importance of emotional health screening early in pregnancy. PMID: 25240846 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 15, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rallis S, Skouteris H, McCabe M, Milgrom J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Access, boundaries and confidence: The ABC of facilitating continuity of care experience in midwifery education.
CONCLUSION: There is a need for clarity and support around the COCE for all stakeholders. Placing the COCE within a Service Learning model is one response that ensures that this experience is understood as being symbiotic for women and students and enables supportive actions to be developed and implemented. PMID: 25218927 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 10, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: McKellar L, Charlick S, Warland J, Birbeck D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

It takes a mother to practise breastfeeding: Women's perceptions of breastfeeding during the period of intention.
CONCLUSION: The theory of planned behaviour has been widely used in breastfeeding research. However, the period of intention is relatively long for breastfeeding. Rather than recommending an intensification of antenatal breastfeeding education, recommendations must incorporate the awareness that practising breastfeeding should not be considered the continuous outcome of the intention to do so - it takes a mother to practise breastfeeding. PMID: 25199453 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 5, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Oosterhoff A, Hutter I, Haisma H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Facilitators of prenatal care access in rural Appalachia.
CONCLUSION: There is a connection between compassionate and personalized care and positive birth outcomes. Women were willing to overcome barriers to access care that met their needs. To facilitate access to prenatal care and decrease health disparities, healthcare planners, and policy makers need to ensure all women can afford to access prenatal care and allow women a choice in their care provider. Clinic administrators should create a welcoming clinic environment with minimal wait time. Unrushed, woman-centered prenatal visits can increase access to and motivation for care and are easily integrated into prenatal care wit...
Source: Women Birth - August 30, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Phillippi JC, Myers CR, Schorn MN Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The impact of routine assessment of past or current mental health on help-seeking in the perinatal period.
CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that enquiry by a health professional about women's past or current mental health is associated with help-seeking throughout the perinatal period. The clinical and resource implications of these findings for the primary health care sector should be considered prior to the implementation of future routine perinatal depression screening or psychosocial assessment programmes. PMID: 25154772 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Austin MP Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Effects of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding at birth on the incidence of PPH: A physiologically based theory.
CONCLUSION: This biologically based theory hypothesises that to achieve and maintain eutony and eulochia, midwives and birthing women should ensure early, prolonged and undisturbed skin-to-skin contact for mother and baby at birth including easy access for spontaneous breastfeeding. PMID: 25113818 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 8, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Saxton A, Fahy K, Hastie C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Theory and social practice of agency in combining breastfeeding and employment: A qualitative study among health workers in New Delhi, India.
CONCLUSIONS: Agency features and their elements are complex, dynamic and involve family members. Bandura's theoretical agency constructs are partially useful in this context, but additional social practice constructs of family structure and relationship quality are needed for better correspondence with women's experiences of agency. The variation in individual approaches to agency has implications for supportive health and workplace services. PMID: 25108676 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 6, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Omer-Salim A, Suri S, Dadhich JP, Faridi MM, Olsson P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Addressing culture shock in first year midwifery students: Maximising the initial clinical experience.
CONCLUSION: The students evaluated the workshop positively in reducing the amount of culture shock experienced on the first clinical placement. In addition the students provided further recommendations of strategies that would assist with clinical placement. PMID: 25104308 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 4, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cummins AM, Catling C, Hogan R, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers and coping strategies of women with gestational diabetes to follow dietary advice.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Quick adaptation to dietary management in a short time period created challenges for women with GDM. Stress and anxiety were reported when women talked about following dietary advice. Tailored educational and mental health consultation with consideration of the barriers may promote dietary compliance and overall better health. PMID: 25096174 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 2, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hui AL, Sevenhuysen G, Harvey D, Salamon E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's use of complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: A search for holistic wellbeing.
CONCLUSION: Participants engaged with CAM as a way of fulfilling their physical, emotional and spiritual needs during pregnancy. Use of CAM signified women's desire to be proactive in health seeking behaviours. PMID: 25073580 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 26, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mitchell M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Who's afraid?": Attitudes of midwives to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for delivery of pregnancy-related health information.
CONCLUSION: Midwives face a number of barriers to effective use of ICTs in healthcare including material access, skills access, usage access and motivational access. Motivational access appears to be a key concern due to the high perception of risk associated with social media in particular. Reducing the motivational barriers through a range of interventions with midwifery staff may assist in overcoming other barriers to ICT use in antenatal care. Further research is required to determine whether these findings are generalisable to other healthcare contexts. PMID: 25070730 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 25, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dalton JA, Rodger DL, Wilmore M, Skuse AJ, Humphreys S, Flabouris M, Clifton VL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Remote access and care: A comparison of Queensland women's maternity care experience according to area of residence.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings support qualitative assertions that remote and rural women are disadvantaged in their access to antenatal and postnatal care by the need to travel for birth, however, other factors such as age were more likely to be significant barriers to high quality interpersonal care. Improvements to maternity services are needed in order to address inequalities in maternity care particularly in the postnatal period. PMID: 25070731 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 25, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hennegan J, Kruske S, Redshaw M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

What do midwives fear?
CONCLUSION: There was consistency between the 17 groups of midwives regarding top fears held. Supporting midwives with workshops such as dealing with grief and loss and managing fear could help reduce their anxiety. Obstetric emergency skills workshops may help midwives feel more confident, especially those dealing with shoulder dystocia and PPH as they were most commonly recorded. PMID: 25067794 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 24, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dahlen HG, Caplice S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The development of a rubric for peer assessment of individual teamwork skills in undergraduate midwifery students.
CONCLUSION: The TeamUP rubric is useful for articulating, teaching and assessing teamwork skills for health professional students. The TeamUP rubric is a robust, theoretically grounded model that defines and details effective teamwork skills and related behaviours. If these skills are mastered, we predict that graduates will be more effective in teams. Our assumption is that graduates, empowered by having these skills, are more likely to manage conflict effectively and less likely to engage in bullying behaviours. PMID: 25042349 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 17, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hastie C, Fahy K, Parratt J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'It's those first few weeks': Women's views about breastfeeding support in an Australian outer metropolitan region.
CONCLUSION: The duration of breastfeeding might be extended by early problem resolution. To enhance breastfeeding participation, further examination of the extent and timeliness of service provision by health service providers is necessary. PMID: 25034510 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 14, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall H, McLelland G, Gilmour C, Cant R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's maternity care needs and related service models in rural areas: A comprehensive systematic review of qualitative evidence.
CONCLUSION: The systematic review demonstrates the importance of including well-conducted qualitative studies in informing the development of evidence-based policies to address women's maternity care needs and inform service models. Synthesising the findings from qualitative studies offers important insight for informing effective public health policy. PMID: 25028188 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 11, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hoang H, Le Q, Ogden K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Impact of having a high-risk pregnancy on future postpartum contraceptive method choice.
Abstract BACKGROUND: To compare the knowledge and preference of preconceptional contraception to future postpartum contraceptive method choice in high-risk pregnancies. RESEARCH QUESTION: Does a high-risk pregnancy condition affect future postpartum contraceptive method choice? METHOD: Women hospitalised at the High Risk Pregnancy unit of a tertiary research and training hospital were asked to complete a self-reported questionnaire that included demographic characteristics, presence of unintended pregnancy, contraceptive method of choice before the current pregnancy, plans for contraceptive use following...
Source: Women Birth - July 11, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kiykac Altinbas S, Bayoglu Tekin Y, Dilbaz B, Kilic S, Khalil SS, Kandemir O Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'She knows how we feel': Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childbearing women's experience of Continuity of Care with an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwifery student.
CONCLUSION: Increasing the number of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander midwives is essential to improving health outcomes for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childbearing women and their families. Caseload midwifery models with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives across Australia are needed. Health services, in partnership with Universities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, have a vital role to play in the development and expansion of these models. PMID: 24997119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 1, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kelly J, West R, Gamble J, Sidebotham M, Carson V, Duffy E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Curved versus straight scissors to avoid 3rd and 4th degree perineal tears: A randomised feasibility study.
The objective of this study was to compare the use of straight scissors for cutting an episiotomy with the use of curved scissors, which are designed to curve away from the anal sphincter. METHODS: We used a single-centre, randomised feasibility trial. The intervention was the use of curved scissors. Women were recruited during a prenatal visit and randomised in the delivery suite, when it became clear that an episiotomy was required. The feasibility outcomes were the proportion of women able to be recruited, randomised and followed up. We also calculated the incidence of obstetric anal sphincter injury when either st...
Source: Women Birth - June 24, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Swift A, Webster J, Conroy AM, Hampton S, Kirby SJ, Minuzzo L, Kimble R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A meta-ethnographic study of health care staff perceptions of the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Health Initiative.
CONCLUSIONS: Health care staff hold variant beliefs and attitudes towards BFHI, which can help or hinder the implementation process. The introduction of the BFHI at a local level requires detailed planning, extensive collaboration, and an enthusiastic and committed leader to drive the change process. This synthesis has highlighted the importance of thinking more creatively about the translation of this global policy into effective change at the local level. PMID: 24957926 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 20, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Schmied V, Thomson G, Byron A, Burns E, Sheehan A, Dykes F Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Qualitative insights into women's personal experiences of perinatal depression and anxiety.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings provide useful insights into women's experiences of mental health symptoms during the perinatal period, how these symptoms present and the factors involved in their development and maintenance. The need to consider women's perspectives to develop resources and health promotions strategies, as well as within the context of relationships with health professionals is highlighted. The study emphasizes the need for greater, more accurate information surrounding perinatal depression and the need to increase the profile and awareness of anxiety disorders. PMID: 24951157 [PubMed - as supplied by publ...
Source: Women Birth - June 17, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Highet N, Stevenson AL, Purtell C, Coo S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A comparison of midwife-led care versus obstetrician-led care for low-risk women in Japan.
CONCLUSIONS: Continuity of midwife-led care was perceived by women to be beneficial and had no adverse outcomes. Therefore, midwife-led care in low-risk pregnancy could be applicable and recommended. PMID: 24906495 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 3, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Iida M, Horiuchi S, Nagamori K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Sleep quality and stress in women with pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes mellitus.
DISCUSSION: This investigation suggests that pregnant women with PIH and GDM experience higher stress levels than do non-pregnant women and healthy pregnant women. Further, our results indicate that sleep quality worsens during the third trimester compared with the second trimester. PMID: 24881523 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 29, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hayase M, Shimada M, Seki H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Informing maternity service development by surveying new mothers about preferences for nutrition education during their pregnancy in an area of social disadvantage.
CONCLUSION: Women attending our hospital have dietary issues and levels of interest in nutrition similar to women in tertiary maternity centres. Service changes planned will explore formats that meet higher and lower education levels; group workshops may be supplemented by formats such as internet and DVD-delivered education to overcome access and literacy issues, respectively. PMID: 24881524 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 29, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Porteous HE, Palmer MA, Wilkinson SA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'As long as they are safe - Birth mode does not matter' Swedish fathers' experiences of decision-making around caesarean section.
CONCLUSION: Mode of birth was regarded as unimportant. The recommendation for a caesarean section was readily accepted and appreciated, and shifted responsibility for birth to the medical practitioner. Involving men in the decision-making process by means of giving them information was valued. Men's limited knowledge about the risks of a caesarean may contribute to birth mode decisions. Professionals need to provide balanced and correct information within the context of individual circumstances. PMID: 24793665 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 1, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Johansson M, Hildingsson I, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's expectations and experiences of maternity care in NSW - What women highlight as most important.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed that women from a range of settings are more concerned with staff and relational issues than facilities. Differences in perceptions among primiparous versus multiparous women, at different stages of pregnancy and among women from rural and remote compared to urban settings highlight the need to include women with a diversity of experience when trying to understand the aspects of maternity care most important to women. PMID: 24746379 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 16, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jenkins MG, Ford JB, Morris JM, Roberts CL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research