Applying a knowledge translation model to the uptake of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in the Australian health care system.
CONCLUSION: Australian and international studies have identified similar issues that have either enabled implementation of the BFHI or acted as a barrier. Knowledge translation theory and the research to practice pipeline model is of practical value to examine barriers. Recommendations in the form of specific targeted strategies to facilitate knowledge transfer and supportive practices into the Australian health care system and current midwifery practice are included. PMID: 24686049 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 28, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Atchan M, Davis D, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Are midwifery clients in Ontario making informed choices about prenatal screening?
CONCLUSIONS: Results of this study suggest that Ontario midwives are effective in conveying information on prenatal genetic screening, contributing to high levels of client knowledge and satisfaction in comparison to similar studies in other jurisdictions. PMID: 24656607 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 18, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dixon V, Burton N Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Born in another country: Women's experience of labour and birth in Queensland, Australia.
CONCLUSION: In comparing the labour and birth experiences of women born outside the country who spoke another language with native-born English speaking women, the present study presents a largely positive picture. However, there were some marked differences in both clinical and interpersonal aspects of care. PMID: 24613218 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 5, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hennegan J, Redshaw M, Miller Y Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The experience of giving birth with epidural analgesia.
CONCLUSION: After initiation of epidural analgesia the requirements of midwifery care seem to go beyond how women verbalise and define their own needs. The midwife should be attentive to the labouring woman's type of emotional reaction to epidural analgesia and her possible intricate worries. PMID: 24618296 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 4, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jepsen I, Keller KD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery students' conceptions of worst imaginable pain.
CONCLUSIONS: The midwifery students' conceptions of 'worst imaginable pain' are complex, elusive and diverse. PMID: 24602607 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 3, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mårtensson LB, Ek K, Ekström A, Bergh IH Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Support for midwives - A model of professional supervision based on the recertification programme for midwives in New Zealand.
Abstract Following a traumatic practice experience the physiological and psychological effects experienced by midwives are exacerbated as a result of dysfunctional health organisations and the counterproductive behaviours therein. It is suggested the stress experienced would have been reduced if support in the form of professional supervision had been available. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that professional supervision should be viewed as a competency requirement by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and incorporated into the midwifery recertification programme. A model of professional supervision ...
Source: Women Birth - January 29, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Calvert I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Response to Letter to the Editor regarding "Australian women's experiences of living with gestational diabetes"
Response to Letter to the Editor regarding "Australian women's experiences of living with gestational diabetes" Women Birth. 2014 Jan 27; Authors: Morrison MK, Lowe JM, Collins CE PMID: 24480014 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 27, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Morrison MK, Lowe JM, Collins CE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The transition to motherhood: Towards a broader understanding of perinatal distress.
CONCLUSION: It is argued that future studies should investigate the concept of stress as a separate affective state throughout the perinatal period, in order to further assess how it differs from depression and/or anxiety. A more comprehensive understanding of women's experiences during their transition to motherhood, and whether 'stress' plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of perinatal anxiety and/or depression is needed. PMID: 24461688 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 22, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rallis S, Skouteris H, McCabe M, Milgrom J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Comment on "Australian women's experiences of living with gestational diabetes"
Comment on "Australian women's experiences of living with gestational diabetes" Women Birth. 2014 Jan 10; Authors: Kalra S, Gupta Y, Baruah MP, Kalra B PMID: 24418616 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 10, 2014 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kalra S, Gupta Y, Baruah MP, Kalra B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternity services and the discharge process: A review of practice in Queensland.
CONCLUSION: Discharge summaries (format and content) should be consistent, comprehensive and specific to maternity services. Discharge summaries should be generated and disseminated electronically at the time of discharge from the maternity service. Women should review their discharge summaries and direct and consent to its dissemination. PMID: 24373729 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 26, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jenkinson B, Young K, Kruske S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination for Bachelor of Midwifery students' preparation for practice.
CONCLUSION: The use of BPGs to ensure that OSCEs focus on important aspects of knowledge and practice helped students to learn and to perform well. Students' confidence in their ability for the imminent professional experience placement was high. OSCEs designed with the BPGs should be implemented broadly across midwifery education to enhance students' competence and provide rigorous meaningful assessment. PMID: 24373730 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 26, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mitchell ML, Jeffrey CA, Henderson A, Glover P, Nulty DD, Kelly MA, Groves M, Knight S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Conflicting contexts: Midwives' interpretation of childbirth through photo elicitation.
This study seeks to explore midwives' perceptions about childbirth and in particular their beliefs about normality and risk. In the current climate of increasing interventions during labour, it is important to understand the thought processes that impact on midwifery care in order to examine whether these beliefs influence midwifery clinical decision-making. METHOD: 12 Midwives who worked in a variety of metropolitan hospitals in Sydney, Australia were interviewed about how they care for women during labour. The study utilised an inductive qualitative design using photo elicitation during the interview process. R...
Source: Women Birth - December 25, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Copeland F, Dahlen HG, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Japanese women's experiences of pharmacological pain relief in New Zealand.
CONCLUSION: Japanese women's cultural perspectives and passive attitudes were demonstrated to influence the decision-making process concerning pain relief. It was concluded that understanding Japanese cultural worldviews and approaches to the role of pain in labour would help maternity providers in their provision of appropriate care for Japanese women. PMID: 24370345 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 23, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Doering K, Patterson J, Griffiths CR Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Socially disadvantaged women's views of barriers to feeling safe to engage in decision-making in maternity care.
CONCLUSION: This research found that socially disadvantaged women want to engage in their care. However without adequate information and facilitation of choice by midwives, they believe they are outsiders to the maternity care culture and decision-making processes. Consequently, they delegate responsibility for maternity care choices to those who do belong; midwives. These findings suggest that midwives need to better communicate a valuing of the woman's participation in decision-making processes and to work with women so they do have a sense of belonging within the maternity care environment. Midwives need to ensure that ...
Source: Women Birth - December 16, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ebert L, Bellchambers H, Ferguson A, Browne J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Current education standards are essential for midwives to be capable of functioning to their full scope of practice.
Authors: PMID: 24295794 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 1, 2013 Category: Midwifery Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The views and attitudes of health professionals providing antenatal care to women with a high BMI: A qualitative research study.
CONCLUSION: Health professionals, who have a high BMI, can find it difficult to discuss obesity during antenatal visits with obese women. Specialist dietary interventions and evidence based guidelines for working with child-bearing women is seen as a public health priority by health care professionals. PMID: 24295597 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 29, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Knight-Agarwal CR, Kaur M, Williams LT, Davey R, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An emerging model of maternity care: Smartphone, midwife, doctor?
DISCUSSION: The popularity of pregnancy-related apps could indicate a shift towards patient empowerment within maternity care provision. The traditional model of 'shared maternity care' needs to accommodate electronic devices into its functioning. Reliance on healthcare professionals may be reduced by the availability of interactive and personalised information delivered via a smartphone. This combined with the fact that smartphones are widely used by many women of childbearing age, has the potential to modify maternity care and experiences of pregnancy. Therefore it is important that healthcare professionals and policy-ma...
Source: Women Birth - November 29, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tripp N, Hainey K, Liu A, Poulton A, Peek M, Kim J, Nanan R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Culture-based versus risk-based screening for the prevention of group B streptococcal disease in newborns: A review of national guidelines.
CONCLUSION: Based on an AGREE II analysis, the standard of the guidelines was high despite having disparate recommendations. Both approaches to the prevention of early onset GBS infection in neonates are recommended with the split being geographically-based. PMID: 24239269 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 13, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Homer CS, Scarf V, Catling C, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Effect of immediate and continuous mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on breastfeeding self-efficacy of primiparous women: A randomised control trial.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of mother-infant immediate skin-to-skin contact on primiparous mother's breastfeeding self-efficacy. STUDY DESIGN: A randomised control trial. SETTINGS: The study was conducted in Omolbanin obstetrics hospital (large tertiary hospital), Mashhad, Iran. PARTICIPANTS: 114 18-35 year-old primiparous, Iranian, healthy and full term mothers who anticipated normal vaginal delivery and intended to breastfeed their babies. INTERVENTION: Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and then controlling breastfeeding self-efficacy at 28 days postpartum. MAIN...
Source: Women Birth - November 8, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Aghdas K, Talat K, Sepideh B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery students' evaluation of team-based academic assignments involving peer-marking.
CONCLUSION: Based on these findings we changed practice and created more clearly structured team-based assignments with specific marking criteria. We are developing supporting lessons to teach specific teamwork skills: together these resources are called "TeamUP". TeamUP should be implemented in all pre-registration Midwifery courses to foster students' teamwork skills and readiness for practice. PMID: 24200860 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 4, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Parratt JA, Fahy KM, Hastie CR Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian women's experiences of living with gestational diabetes.
CONCLUSIONS: This study provides an insight into the experience of the pregnant woman diagnosed with GDM. It emphasises the importance of health professional support and provides insight into the challenges and opportunities for future diabetes risk reduction. PMID: 24183603 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 30, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Morrison MK, Lowe JM, Collins CE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Working in caseload midwifery care: The experience of midwives working in a birth centre in North Queensland.
CONCLUSION: The research contributes to the current body of knowledge surrounding working in a caseload model of care as it shows how the birth centre midwives construct their midwifery role. It provides information for development and improvement of these models of care to ensure that sustainability and quality of care is provided to women and their families. PMID: 24148158 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 19, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Edmondson MC, Walker SB Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Inside stories: Maternal representations of first time mothers from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Maternal representations are important for the midwife and pregnant women because this concept provides another understanding in relation to the psychological dimension of pregnancy. PMID: 24148159 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 19, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hopkins J, Clarke D, Cross W Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Space, place and the midwife: Exploring the relationship between the birth environment, neurobiology and midwifery practice.
CONCLUSION: Through its role as a trigger for oxytocin release, the birth environment may play a direct role in the provision of quality midwifery care. PMID: 24139678 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 15, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hammond A, Foureur M, Homer CS, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery care: A perinatal mental health case scenario.
Abstract The establishment of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI, 2008-2013) has brought a focus across Australia for the need to identify women at risk of perinatal mental health disorders, suggesting that routine screening by relevant health professionals may aid earlier detection, better care and improved outcomes. Midwives are frequently the primary point of contact in the perinatal period and thus ideally placed to identify, interpret and manage complex situations, including screening for perinatal mental health disorders. This paper offers strategies that could be implemented into daily midwi...
Source: Women Birth - September 27, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Marnes J, Hall P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Mobile technologies and communication strategies in an urban Midwifery Group Practice setting. An exploratory study.
CONCLUSION: The majority of contact was between the midwife and their primary clients, reiterating a key tenet of caseload models and confirming mobile technologies as a significant and evolving aspect of practice. The pattern of contact within social (or daytime) hours is reassuring for midwives considering caseload midwifery, who are concerned about the on-call burden. The use of text as the preferred communication modality raises issues regarding data security and retrieval, accountability, confidentiality and text management during off-duty periods. The development of Australian-wide guidelines to inform local policies...
Source: Women Birth - September 24, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Forti A, Stapleton H, Kildea S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Comparison of breastfeeding in rural areas of Sweden and Australia - a cohort study.
CONCLUSION: The results indicate that Swedish women were more likely than their Australian counterparts to breastfeed the baby two months after birth. The findings demonstrated the importance of sufficient information and help when breastfeeding is initiated. PMID: 24053907 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 17, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sjöström K, Welander S, Haines H, Andersson E, Hildingsson I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The effect of Soranus of Ephesus (98-138) on the work of midwives.
CONCLUSION: Soranus' work contributed in the education of midwives and influenced the practice of obstetrics till the Middle Ages. PMID: 24041856 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 13, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Karamanou M, Tsoucalas G, Creatsas G, Androutsos G Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The profile of women who consult midwives in Australia.
CONCLUSION: Women were more likely to consult with midwives in conjunction with consultations with hospital doctors or complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Women with private health insurance were less likely to consult midwives. More research is necessary to determine the implications of the lack of midwifery care for these women. PMID: 24035518 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 10, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sibbritt DW, Catling-Paull CJ, Scarf VL, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Nobody smokes in the house if there's a new baby in it": Aboriginal perspectives on tobacco smoking in pregnancy and in the household in regional NSW Australia.
CONCLUSION: Anti-tobacco messages and interventions should relate to Aboriginal women's experiences, improve understanding of the quitting process, support efficacy, and capitalise on the positive changes occurring in smoke-free home management. Focus group participants recommended individual, group and family approaches, and access to cessation services and nicotine replacement therapy for Aboriginal pregnant women who smoke. PMID: 24011470 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 4, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gould GS, Munn J, Avuri S, Hoff S, Cadet-James Y, McEwen A, Clough AR Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Investigating the potential for evidence-based midwifery-led services in very remote Australia: Viewpoints from local stakeholders.
CONCLUSIONS: Local health service partners are demonstrably ready for further local improvement in providing midwifery-led models of maternity care to women who live in very remote communities in NSW, Australia. PMID: 24012012 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 3, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Quinn E, Noble J, Seale H, Ward JE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery in the UK: How do we move midwifery led care from fringe to mainstream?
PMID: 23953246 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 22, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Page L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Who decides the position for birth? A follow-up study of a randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSIONS: Midwives should be conscious of the potential impact that birth positions have on women's birth experiences and on maternal outcomes. Midwives should encourage women's autonomy by giving unbiased information about the birth seat. An upright birth position may lead to greater childbirth satisfaction. Women's experience of and preferences for birth positions are consistent with current evidence for best practice. PMID: 23932671 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 6, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Thies-Lagergren L, Hildingsson I, Christensson K, Kvist LJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Effect of body image on gestational weight gain in overweight and obese women.
Abstract PROBLEM OR BACKGROUND: There is little information available describing how women who are overweight or obese in pregnancy perceive their bodies, and in particular the effect of body image dissatisfaction on gestational weight gain. QUESTION: To describe how women who are overweight or obese in pregnancy perceive their body, and the effect of body image on gestational weight gain. METHODS: This prospective nested cohort study evaluated self estimation of body weight, preferred body shape, dieting behavior, satisfaction with body weight and shape, and gestational weight gain in pregnant women who...
Source: Women Birth - August 3, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sui Z, Turnbull D, Dodd J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Reimagining the General Health Questionnaire as a measure of emotional wellbeing: A study of postpartum women in Malta.
CONCLUSION: Findings generally support the reliability and validity of the Maltese version of the GHQ-12(WB). Model fit changes over time reflect the dynamic nature of postpartum recovery. Further evaluation of the GHQ-8(WB) is recommended. PMID: 23886580 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 22, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Spiteri MC, Jomeen J, Martin CR Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Exploring Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology: A perfect fit for midwifery research.
DISCUSSION: The illumination of a selection of various concepts underpinning hermeneutic phenomenology will inform midwives considering this methodology as suitable framework for exploring contemporary midwifery phenomena. PMID: 23838395 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 6, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Miles M, Chapman Y, Francis K, Taylor B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian primary maternity units: Past, present and future.
Abstract Primary maternity units are commonly those run by midwives who provide care to women with low-risk pregnancies with no obstetric, anaesthetic, laboratory or paediatric support available on-site. In some other countries, primary level maternity units play an important role in offering equitable and accessible maternity care to women with low-risk pregnancies, particularly in rural and remote areas. However there are very few primary maternity units in Australia, largely due to the fact that over the past 200 years, the concept of safety has become inherently linked with the immediate on-site availability o...
Source: Women Birth - July 2, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Monk AR, Tracy S, Foureur M, Barclay L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

How effectively do midwives manage the care of obese pregnant women? A cross-sectional survey of Australian midwives.
CONCLUSIONS: Registered midwives need continuing professional development in communication and counselling to more effectively manage the care of obese pregnant women. The universal use of a clinical guideline may have a positive impact by helping midwives to base early care decisions on clinical evidence. PMID: 23485364 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 23, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Biro MA, Cant R, Hall H, Bailey C, Sinni S, East C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Have the 2010 national maternity reforms delivered choice, control and continuity to Australian women?
PMID: 23642294 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 23, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Teakle B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Intrapartum care could be improved according to Swedish fathers: Mode of birth matters for satisfaction.
CONCLUSIONS: Deficiencies existed in the intrapartum care and were judged differently depending on mode of birth. The fathers needed to feel secure about the women's medical care, and wanted to be involved and supported. PMID: 23664433 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 7, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Johansson M, Hildingsson I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal mental health in Australia and New Zealand: A review of longitudinal studies.
CONCLUSION: Midwives have an important role in the identification, support and referral of women experiencing mental health problems. As many women do not seek help from mental health services, the potential for a known midwife to impact on women's mental health warrants further examination. PMID: 23583667 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 11, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Schmied V, Johnson M, Naidoo N, Austin MP, Matthey S, Kemp L, Mills A, Meade T, Yeo A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Changing the risky beliefs of post-partum women about therapeutic sun-exposure.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Many post-partum women hold risky beliefs about perceived therapeutic benefits of sun-exposure in the post-partum period and infancy. QUESTION: Can a maternity hospital based educational intervention reduce the prevalence of such beliefs among post-partum women? METHODS: In this outcome evaluation of an interventional study, two groups of healthy post-partum women (hospital inpatients) were interviewed, 1-4 days following delivery. The first cross-section (106 women) was recruited prior to in-services for maternity staff; the second (203 women) was recruited after completion of the in-services...
Source: Women Birth - April 6, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Harrison SL, Devine SG, Saunders VL, Smith AD, Buettner PG, Nowak MJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives and nutrition education during pregnancy: A literature review.
CONCLUSION: Limited international or Australian research is available that reports on the role of midwives in nutrition education during pregnancy and the nutrition content of midwifery curricula. This represents an important omission in midwives capacity to support the health of pregnant women and their babies. More research is required to explore the educational needs of midwives to enhance nutritional care for pregnant women. PMID: 23562582 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 4, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Arrish J, Yeatman H, Williamson M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The impact of outpatient priming for induction of labour on midwives' work demand, work autonomy and satisfaction.
CONCLUSION: Results suggest that outpatient priming for induction of labour is viable from a midwifery practice perspective, although more research is needed. PMID: 23561927 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 2, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Turnbull D, Adelson P, Oster C, Coffey J, Coomblas J, Bryce R, Wilkinson C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Making practice transparent through e-portfolio.
CONCLUSIONS: E-portfolio using open social networking tools and processes is a viable option for midwives because it facilitates collaborative reflection and shared learning. However, my experience shows that concerns about what people think, and client confidentiality does impact on the nature of open reflection and learning outcomes. I conclude this paper with a framework for managing midwifery statutory obligations using online public spaces and social networking tools. PMID: 23523227 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 19, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Stewart SM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Mood and birth experience.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Those at the birth of a baby sometimes speak of the experience as significant and meaningful; an experience in which there is an atmosphere or mood that surrounds the occasion. This paper explores this mood, its recognition, disclosure and how we attune or not to it. The paper is philosophically underpinned by hermeneutic phenomenology. The Heideggerian notion of "attunement to mood" is used to interpret this phenomenon. This paper describes how such a mood becomes visible. METHODS: Using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, 14 tape-recorded transcribed interviews, each about an ...
Source: Women Birth - March 15, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Crowther S, Smythe L, Spence D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's access needs in maternity care in rural Tasmania, Australia: A mixed methods study.
CONCLUSION: The study suggested that women's access needs are not fully met in some rural areas of Tasmania. Rural women face many challenges when accessing maternity services, including financial burden and risk of labouring en route. The study supports the claim that the closure of rural maternity units shifts cost and risk from the health care system to rural women and their families. PMID: 23473790 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hoang H, Le Q, Terry D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Health after childbirth: Patterns of reported postpartum morbidity from Lebanon.
CONCLUSION: A heavy burden of postpartum morbidity is experienced by women with gaps in utilisation of relevant health services. Efforts should be directed towards the organisation and delivery of comprehensive maternity care services. PMID: 23473844 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kabakian-Khasholian T, Shayboub R, Ataya A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Bachelor of midwifery graduates well educated to provide care in rural maternity units.
Authors: PMID: 23452912 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 1, 2013 Category: Midwifery Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Bouncing back" response to Letter to Editor.
"Bouncing back" response to Letter to Editor. Women Birth. 2013 Feb 15; Authors: Roth H, Homer C, Fenwick J PMID: 23419747 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 15, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Roth H, Homer C, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research