Do midwifery International clinical placements influence students' practice and employment decisions?
CONCLUSION: This study confirms the benefits of overseas clinical placements, which provide opportunities beyond developing cultural sensitivity. Midwifery students are challenged to develop not only practical competence, but confidence to trust in themselves and the process of physiological birth. These experiences validate theoretical learning and provide opportunity to reflect on the possibilities of future employment and decision making as a midwife. PMID: 30905559 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 21, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Geraghty S, Davison C, DeLeo A, Bloxsome D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The nutrition-related information seeking behaviours and attitudes of pregnant women with a high BMI: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: The findings from this study may assist the future development and dissemination of nutrition-related information for pregnant women with a high body mass index. Women want more individualised support regarding nutritional requirements during pregnancy. PMID: 30898337 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 18, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Knight-Agarwal CR, Cubbage R, Sesleja R, Hinder M, Mete R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Clinical practice guidelines for perinatal bereavement care - An overview.
CONCLUSION: Best available research, parents' lived experiences and maternity care providers' insights have contributed to a set of implementable recommendations that address the needs of bereaved parents. PMID: 30885566 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 15, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Boyle FM, Horey D, Middleton PF, Flenady V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An analysis of media reporting on the closure of freestanding midwifery units in England.
CONCLUSION: The rise of neoliberalism and austerity in contemporary Britain has influenced the reform of maternity services, in particular the closure of midwifery units. Justifications given for closure silence other narratives, predominantly from service users, that attempt to present women's choice in terms of rights and a social model of care. PMID: 30878254 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 13, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rayment J, McCourt C, Scanlon M, Culley L, Spiby H, Bishop S, de Lima LA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' role in the provision of maternal and childhood immunisation information.
CONCLUSION: The provision of immunisation training within midwifery education and continued professional development is critical. Appropriately resourcing midwives with the necessary infrastructure, education and resources to fully inform parents about immunisation may have a positive impact on vaccine uptake. PMID: 30853352 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 7, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Frawley JE, McKenzie K, Cummins A, Sinclair L, Wardle J, Hall H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Gestational weight gain counselling gaps as perceived by pregnant women and new mothers: Findings from the electronic maternal health survey.
CONCLUSION: A better understanding of pregnant and mothers' perceptions about weight and diet counselling is needed to understand what may need greater attention and clarification and to improve such dialogue. PMID: 30852187 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Weeks A, Halili L, Liu RH, Deonandan R, Adamo KB Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of messages relating to alcohol consumption, received during their first antenatal care visit: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.
CONCLUSION: Strategies to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder need to include messages encouraging women to abstain during pregnancy, whilst at the same time, providing the type of individualised antenatal care that best enables this to be accomplished. PMID: 30827779 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 28, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hocking M, O'Callaghan F, Reid N Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breaking through the silence in antenatal care: Fetal movement and stillbirth education.
CONCLUSION: Women who received antenatal care have high-awareness of fetal movements, but the information they received was inconsistent. Participants knew stillbirth occurred but did not generally did not indicate they had obtained that knowledge from health care professionals. We recommend a consistent approach to fetal movements messaging throughout pregnancy which focuses on stillbirth prevention. PMID: 30824375 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 27, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Pollock D, Ziaian T, Pearson E, Cooper M, Warland J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Not my child to give away": A qualitative analysis of gestational surrogates' experiences.
CONCLUSION: Our findings provide a deeper understanding of participants' reasons for and motivation to be a surrogate, the relationship dynamics with their intended parents and the gestated fetus during surrogacy, and their satisfaction on personal and relationship levels post surrogacy. The findings would be useful to mental health professionals in preparing new surrogates for the potential challenges along the surrogacy pathway. PMID: 30824376 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 26, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Yee S, Hemalal S, Librach CL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Antenatal care utilisation among Syrian refugees in Tehran: A respondent driven sampling method.
Abstract AIM: To assess the antenatal care utilisation among Syrian refugees in Tehran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was performed in 2016 in Tehran. As the refugees live in the city, we used Respondent Driven Sampling method for finding participants. Data were collected from interviews by a newly graduated Syrian general practitioner. FINDINGS: In total, 231 women participated in the study. The mean (standard deviation) number of antenatal care visits was 3.73 (1.41) and 131(56.7%) women received at least four visits. The mean (standard deviation) number of antenatal care visits was higher among ...
Source: Women Birth - February 15, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Abbasi-Kangevari M, Amin K, Kolahi AA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pre-pregnancy body mass index and the risk of antenatal depression and anxiety.
CONCLUSIONS: High pre-pregnancy BMI is significantly associated with an increased risk of antenatal depression and anxiety. Consistent with clinical practice guidelines, women with high pre-pregnancy BMI should be screened and assessed for depression and anxiety, and where appropriate provided with clinical referral pathways and support. PMID: 30733069 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 4, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Holton S, Fisher J, Nguyen H, Brown WJ, Tran T Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' views of traditional birth attendants within formal healthcare in Nigeria.
CONCLUSION: Policy makers need to reconsider the role of traditional birth attendants. This should involve not only their integration into formal healthcare to work alongside formally trained maternity care providers, but also fostering a healthcare atmosphere where respect and recognition of each practitioner's skill is paramount. PMID: 30718104 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 1, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ohaja M, Murphy-Lawless J, Dunlea M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Predictors of postpartum depression service use: A theory-informed, integrative systematic review.
CONCLUSION: This review illustrates key factors for researchers and practitioners to consider when treating postpartum women and developing interventions to enhance postpartum depression treatment use. PMID: 30718105 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 1, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bina R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Dutch midwives' views on and experiences with woman-centred care - A Q-methodology study.
CONCLUSION/IMPLICATIONS: Each factor represented specific perspectives feeding into woman-centred practice. Although the humane midwife seems to represent the dominant and preferable perspective of woman-centred care, awareness and exploration of and reflection on the thoughts patterns represented by the four different perspectives, should be considered in education and professional development of (student)midwives of be(com)ing a woman-centred midwife. PMID: 30685135 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 24, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fontein-Kuipers Y, de Groot R, van Beeck E, van Hooft S, van Staa A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Health professionals' perceptions of a midwifery model of woman-centred care implemented on a hospital labour ward.
CONCLUSIONS: The model was useful for all professional groups, except for assistant nurses. Further studies are needed in order to clarify the various professional roles and interdisciplinary collaborations in making the MiMo more useful in daily maternity care. PMID: 30686654 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 24, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lundgren I, Berg M, Nilsson C, Olafsdottir OA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The clinical learning environment of a maternity ward: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: The maternity ward lacked the necessary organization to generate an environment conducive to learning and independent practice for the three groups of learners. The learners' training and acquired skills were thus affected by the clinical learning environment. PMID: 30665739 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 18, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rahimi M, Haghani F, Kohan S, Shirani M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Genital tract tears in women giving birth on a birth seat: A cohort study with prospectively collected data.
The objective of this study was to describe the proportion of genital tract tears in women who gave birth on a birth seat compared to women who did not. METHOD: An observational cohort study based on birth information collected prospectively. In total 10 629 live, singleton, non-instrumental births in cephalic presentation were studied. RESULTS: Fewer women who gave birth on a birth seat experienced an overall intact genital tract compared to women who gave birth in any other position. Women who gave birth on a birth seat were less likely to have an episiotomy performed. Women who gave birth vaginally on a birth ...
Source: Women Birth - January 11, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Thies-Lagergren L, Uldbjerg T, Damkjær RM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian midwives' intentions to leave the profession and the reasons why.
Abstract BACKGROUND: There is growing body of evidence that suggests many midwives are unhappy and as a result are making decisions to leave the profession. AIM: Determine the incidence of midwives indicating their intention to leave the profession and explore the reasons for this decision including what might cause midwives to be dissatisfied. METHOD: Data analysed was collected as part of the Australian arm of the Work, Health and Emotional Life of Midwives (WHELM) project. Descriptive statistics and latent content analysis was used to analysis the data set. RESULTS: Almost half (42.8%, n=443/1037...
Source: Women Birth - January 8, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Harvie K, Sidebotham M, Fenwick J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"A powerful midwifery vision": Dutch student midwives' educational needs as advocates of physiological childbirth.
CONCLUSION: Midwifery education should focus on strategies that include navigating dilemmas in practice and helping students to express the midwifery philosophy of care in communication with other professionals and with women. Preceptors need to be supported in allowing student midwives opportunities to realize the midwifery philosophy of care, also when this differs from preceptor practice. PMID: 30611729 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 2, 2019 Category: Midwifery Authors: Thompson SM, Nieuwenhuijze MJ, Low LK, De Vries R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's use of social networking sites related to childbearing: An integrative review.
CONCLUSION: Mother's understandings of childbearing norms are being shaped through digital, mother to mother interactions. Maternity care disciplines should work toward establishing a better understanding of the meaning and worth that mothers receive from ongoing participation in online groups. This knowledge has the potential to identify and address shortcomings to better meet the needs of new mothers. PMID: 30606628 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 31, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gleeson DM, Craswell A, Jones CM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers and enablers for midwives using endorsement for scheduled medicines: A literature review.
CONCLUSION: Barriers and enablers occur for various reasons including legislative, regulatory, organisational, and the individual's support for and attitude towards these roles. To overcome barriers and facilitate the success of emerging non-medical extended practice roles, significant buy-in and investment is needed across all levels of the health system. The review highlights a significant gap in knowledge about the endorsement's use in midwifery. PMID: 30600166 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 29, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Medway P, Sweet L, Thornton C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"I want a birth without interventions": Women's childbirth experiences from Turkey.
CONCLUSION: All women strove to experience normal birth, which required antenatal education and emotional support from a partner or family and from healthcare professionals. Normal birth and positive childbirth experiences also required quality intrapartum care and a health-promoting environment. PMID: 30600167 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 29, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Deliktas Demirci A, Kukulu K, Haugan G, Aune I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Intimate partner violence and late entry into antenatal care in Ethiopia.
CONCLUSION: The proportion of pregnant women entering ANC late is high in Ethiopia and associated with prior and recent experience of IPV in the current pregnancy, especially among multiparous women. Efforts for preventing IPV in pregnancy are needed to ensure that all pregnant women initiate ANC early in pregnancy. Aims of improving the health sector responses should include training health care workers on IPV that could facilitate ongoing screening, awareness creation, and women's social support networks. PMID: 30595351 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 27, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gashaw BT, Magnus JH, Schei B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Sharing special birth stories. An explorative study of online childbirth narratives.
CONCLUSION: Social media networks allow women to exchange stories that structure narrating women's childbirth experiences and offer a structure for the lived or future experiences of others. This may have an impact on women's decision-making during pregnancy and childbirth. PMID: 30591304 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 24, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sanders J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Fitting-in Australia" as nurturers: Meta-synthesis on infant feeding experiences among immigrant women.
CONCLUSION: The 'Fitting-in' notion is best described through the socio-ecological model and maternal capital possessions. This paper calls for a proper 'balancing' between traditional beliefs and the safeguarding of infant health. PMID: 30580993 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 20, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Joseph J, Brodribb W, Liamputtong P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' practices and knowledge about fear of childbirth and postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder.
CONCLUSION: Midwives should acquire more in depth knowledge of fear of childbirth and postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder. This can be achieved by including the two conditions in the program of midwifery education. PMID: 30579925 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 19, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: de Vries NE, Stramrood CAI, Sligter LM, Sluijs AM, van Pampus MG Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Relationships between working conditions and emotional wellbeing in midwives.
CONCLUSION: While certain conditions that correlate with midwives' wellbeing are non-modifiable, several crucial variables, such as staffing levels and continuity of carer, are within the control of organisational leadership. Future research and interventions should focus on these modifiable risks. Research design should maximise the chance of establishing causation, while any innovations in this area should anticipate the interrelatedness of these risk factors to avoid unintended negative consequences. PMID: 30578019 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 18, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cramer E, Hunter B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Beyond the headlines: Fetal movement awareness is an important stillbirth prevention strategy.
PMID: 30563769 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 15, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Flenady V, Ellwood D, Bradford B, Coory M, Middleton P, Gardener G, Radestad I, Homer C, Davies-Tuck M, Forster D, Gordon A, Groom K, Crowther C, Walker S, Foord C, Warland J, Murphy M, Said J, Boyle F, O'Donoghue K, Cronin R, Sexton J, Weller M, McCowan Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A systematic review of prevalence and risk factors of postpartum depression in Chinese immigrant women.
CONCLUSION: There have been few studies on postpartum depression among Chinese immigrant women. Existing studies have shown a high prevalence of postpartum depression in Chinese immigrant women. Moreover, there is an urgent need for studies on postpartum depression among Chinese immigrant women informing better understanding, programs of care and improving the perinatal health status of Chinese immigrant women. PMID: 30559006 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 14, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chen J, Cross WM, Plummer V, Lam L, Tang S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pregnant in prison: An integrative literature review.
CONCLUSION: Pregnant women in prisons have complex needs. More research is required to understand how prisons can enhance the pregnancy experience by engaging pregnant women in prisons as research participants. PMID: 30559007 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 14, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Baldwin A, Sobolewska A, Capper T Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Receipt of information about diet by pregnant women: A cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSIONS: A third of women did not recall receiving advice about diet as part of routine antenatal care. There is a need to develop a pathway to provide women with reliable, comprehensive advice about diet early in pregnancy. PMID: 30559008 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 14, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bryant J, Waller AE, Cameron EC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hure AJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Complementary medicine products: Information sources, perceived benefits and maternal health literacy.
CONCLUSIONS: Pregnant and breastfeeding women use complementary medicine products for various self-perceived benefits related to their own, unborn or breastfeeding babies' health. Examining these with reference to an interactive health literacy model helps identify the decision-making process mothers undergo when choosing to use complementary medicine products. PMID: 30559009 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 14, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Barnes LAJ, Barclay L, McCaffery K, Aslani P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'A match made in midwifery': Women's perceptions of student midwife partnerships.
CONCLUSIONS: Continuity of Care immersion plays a significant role in Australian midwifery education programs and is predominantly well received by childbearing women. Development of reflexive practice skills in undergraduate curricula may further enhance this experience for women. PMID: 30554958 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 13, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jefford E, Nolan SJ, Sansone H, Provost SC Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Caesarean section by country of birth in New South Wales, Australia.
CONCLUSIONS: The caesarean section rate varied significantly between women from different countries of birth within the same region. Women from some countries of birth had the higher caesarean section rates in some Robson groups. PMID: 30554959 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 13, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Trinh LTT, Assareh H, Achat H, Chua S, Guevarra V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Smoking during pregnancy, stigma and secrets: Visual methods exploration in the UK.
CONCLUSION: Stigma from friends, family, strangers and health professionals may lead to hidden smoking. This is a barrier to women obtaining evidence based stop smoking support. PMID: 30553588 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 12, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Grant A, Morgan M, Gallagher D, Mannay D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An analysis of online pregnancy message boards: Mother-to-mother advice on medication use.
CONCLUSION: Given that the decision about the use of medication during pregnancy has implications for the health of the mother and fetus, it is important for care providers to be aware of what feedback women may receive from this source. Providers should address questions and concerns that women have about safety of these medications and recognize how the social context of the internet impacts the emotional health of pregnant women faced with these decisions. PMID: 30545755 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 10, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Denton LK, Creeley CE, Stavola B, Hall K, Foltz BD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The future in their hands: Graduating student midwives' plans, job satisfaction and the desire to work in midwifery continuity of care.
CONCLUSION: Aligning early graduate work experiences with continuity of care models may have a positive impact on the confidence and professional development of graduate midwives, which in turn may lead to greater satisfaction and retention among a workforce already committed to supporting the maternity healthcare reform agenda. PMID: 30545756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 10, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Evans J, Taylor J, Browne J, Ferguson S, Atchan M, Maher P, Homer CS, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers to screening pregnant women for alcohol or other drugs: A narrative synthesis.
CONCLUSIONS: The narrative review revealed a range of barriers to screening for alcohol or other drugs in pregnancy. Further research in minimising the barriers is required to establish women-centred, evidence-base screening practices. PMID: 30528816 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 6, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Oni HT, Buultjens M, Abdel-Latif ME, Islam MM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's reasons and perceptions around planning a homebirth with a registered midwife in Western Australia.
CONCLUSION: Regardless of parity, homebirth was believed to be safe and supported by partners. Reasons identified from qualitative research to avoid intervention, the comfort of home, choice and continuity of care were supported. PMID: 30528817 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 6, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hauck Y, Nathan E, Ball C, Hutchinson M, Somerville S, Hornbuckle J, Doherty D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perspective of pregnant women regarding antenatal preparation: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: The participants of our study reported they would like to participate in antenatal education groups to receive guidance on non-pharmacological techniques to use during labor and childbirth. PMID: 30528818 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 6, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Heim MA, Miquelutti MA, Makuch MY Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Evaluation of an intervention supporting breastfeeding among late-preterm infants during in-hospital stay.
CONCLUSION: The intervention resulted in a higher breastfeeding rate at discharge. Interventions aimed to provide specific support among late-pretem infants in maternity services are effective. PMID: 30527733 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 4, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Estalella I, San Millán J, Trincado MJ, Maquibar A, Martínez-Indart L, San Sebastián M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Getting evidence into practice - Managing hares and tortoises.
PMID: 30396591 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 8, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Homer C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers and enablers for smoking cessation amongst pregnant women: An Umbrella Review.
CONCLUSION: An enabler or barrier to smoking cessation for pregnant women is not a fixed entity but dependent on the context of an individual's life. What is an enabler for one woman may be considered a barrier for another, and these are dependent on support provided by family and friends. Further research is needed to optimise ways of addressing these barriers. PMID: 30396795 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 2, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Barnett MJ, Fealy S, Wilson A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal and neonatal outcomes from a comparison of spontaneous and directed pushing in second stage.
Abstract AIM: To compare the effect of directed or spontaneous maternal pushing effort on duration of second stage labour, perineal injury and neonatal condition at birth. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional design provided data for term women with singleton, cephalic presentation experiencing a non-operative vaginal birth without regional analgesia from January 2011 to December 2017 (n=69,066) Participants matching the inclusion criteria (n=19,212) were grouped based upon spontaneous or directed pushing. Propensity score matching was used to select equally sized cohorts of similar characteristics (n=10,...
Source: Women Birth - October 27, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lee N, Gao Y, Lotz L, Kildea S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Labor pain control by aromatherapy: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that aromatherapy is effective in reducing labor pain and duration, and generally safe to the mothers. However, due to the heterogeneity across trials in some of the outcomes, further trials with device-based pain measurements, larger sample size, and more stringent design, should be conducted before strong recommendation. PMID: 30344029 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 18, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chen SF, Wang CH, Chan PT, Chiang HW, Hu TM, Tam KW, Loh EW Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A survey of burnout and intentions to leave the profession among Western Canadian midwives.
CONCLUSION: The current study identified occupational stressors that are unique to the caseload model. Findings from this study can inform policies and strategies to support the growth and sustainability of caseload midwifery in Canada. PMID: 30341004 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 17, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Stoll K, Gallagher J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

High-dose versus low-dose of oxytocin for labour augmentation: a randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: We found no advantages for routine use of high-dose oxytocin in the management of delay in labour. Low-dose oxytocin regimen is recommended to avoid unnecessary events of tachysystole and fetal distress. PMID: 30341003 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 16, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Selin L, Wennerholm UB, Jonsson M, Dencker A, Wallin G, Wiberg-Itzel E, Almström E, Petzold M, Berg M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Cultural safety continuing professional development for midwifery academics: An integrative literature review.
CONCLUSIONS: Midwifery academics requireprofessional development to raise their awareness of cultural safety in order to adopt effective learning and teaching practices. There is currently no agreed best practice framework to support awareness of cultural safety for midwifery academics. The philosophy of midwifery practice has many synergies with the principles of cultural safety. Cultural safety needs to be embedded into professional development plans for midwifery academics. PMID: 30341005 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 16, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fleming T, Creedy DK, West R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women on the move: A search for preferred birth services.
CONCLUSION: To a great extent, travelling women and midwives share the values embedded in the midwifery model of care. Women and midwives are willing to take matters into their own hands to achieve their expected birth experiences. PMID: 30322795 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 12, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Pařízková A, Clausen JA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The therapeutic role of video diaries: A qualitative study involving breastfeeding mothers.
CONCLUSION: Frequent opportunities to relieve tension by talking to "someone" without interruption, judgement or advice can be therapeutic. Further research needs to explore how the video diary method can be integrated into standard postnatal care to provide benefits for a wider population. PMID: 30318405 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 11, 2018 Category: Midwifery Authors: Taylor AM, van Teijlingen E, Alexander J, Ryan KM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research