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

Level of burnout in a small population of Australian midwives.
CONCLUSION: Personal and work-related burnout was high in this group of midwives while burnout related to caring for women was low. These results provide insight into the emotional health of midwives in one maternity unit. While more work is needed, strategies to decrease and/or prevent burnout may include clinical mentorship and reorganising models of maternity care to increase work satisfaction and autonomy and strengthen relationships between midwives and women. PMID: 23395361 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 7, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jordan K, Fenwick J, Slavin V, Sidebotham M, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Improving breastfeeding rates in an "at risk" population.
Improving breastfeeding rates in an "at risk" population. Women Birth. 2013 Jan 28; Authors: Mellor K, Skouteris H, Nagle C Abstract A new public health frontier challenging maternity care is addressing the sub-optimal breastfeeding rates of women who are obese. Despite the World Health Organisation's recommendation that breastfeeding is initiated within the first hour of birth and continued exclusively for six months, less than half of infants and young children globally are optimally breastfed. While initiation rates of exclusive breastfeeding immediately after birth are as high as 90 percent i...
Source: Women Birth - January 28, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mellor K, Skouteris H, Nagle C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An interpretive review of women's experiences of gestational diabetes mellitus: Proposing a framework to enhance midwifery assessment.
CONCLUSION: The experiences of women with GDM are unique and personal however this review highlights common experiences evident in the existing research. The proposed framework may be used by midwives in clinical assessment and care of women diagnosed with GDM. PMID: 23333029 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 15, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Devsam BU, Bogossian FE, Peacock AS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Translating evidence into practice in childbirth: A case from the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible changes in practices during normal childbirth by implementing interventions which reduce the frequency of: intravenous fluids; bladder catheterization; analgesia; artificial rupture of membranes; oxytocin use for augmentation; vaginal examination; episiotomy, and increase: mobility; oral intake of fluids; and initiation of immediate breastfeeding. DESIGN: An operational research design. SETTING: A referral governmental hospital in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) between 2006 and 2010. PARTICIPANTS: 2345 women (baseline: 134 women, intervention: 1860 women, post-...
Source: Women Birth - January 8, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hassan SJ, Sundby J, Husseini A, Bjertness E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

From alternative, to complementary to integrative medicine: Supporting Australian midwives in an increasingly pluralistic maternity environment.
CONCLUSION: With the appropriate education and support, midwives are in an excellent position to engage women in open dialogue and raise awareness of the benefits and risks of CAM practices. The way forwards for midwifery profession is to focus on self-governance, education and flexible clinical guidelines. PMID: 23294902 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 4, 2013 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall HG, McKenna LG, Griffiths DL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Regardless of where they give birth, women living in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to have an epidural than their metropolitan counterparts.
CONCLUSION: Non-metropolitan women had fewer birth interventions, particularly epidural analgesia, than metropolitan women. Differences in maternal age and private health insurance do not fully explain the differences in epidural analgesia rates, suggesting care provided to labouring women may differ by area of residence. The difference in epidural analgesia rates may be due to lack of choice in maternity services, however it could also be due to differing expectations leading to differences in birth interventions for primiparous women living in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. PMID: 23276587 [PubMed - as supp...
Source: Women Birth - December 28, 2012 Category: Midwifery Authors: Powers JR, Loxton DJ, O'Mara AT, Chojenta CL, Ebert L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Postpartum women's views of celebrity weight loss.
PMID: 23273783 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 27, 2012 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bashir S, Sparkes E, Anwar K, Olander EK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research