A research method to explore midwives' views of national maternity service reforms.
CONCLUSION: This paper demonstrates that Case Study methodology is a valid research approach to exploring the views of midwives employed in standard care settings during a period of national reform. The rigorous processes and versatility of Case Study methodology ensured a systematic, critical enquiry was undertaken to gain understanding of the views of participants in implementing the NMSP. This understanding is reflective of the real life contexts of midwives to promote understanding and provide a body of knowledge where there is ambiguity and uncertainty. PMID: 29037486 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 13, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Roache B, Kelly J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers to antenatal psychosocial assessment and depression screening in private hospital settings.
CONCLUSION: Once identified, barriers can be systematically addressed to enhance the success of implementing psychosocial and depression screening in the private sector. Screening is likely to be influenced by the business models and operating systems of private service providers. Health professionals working within this environment need more support to conduct perinatal assessment within this context. PMID: 29031647 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Connell T, Barnett B, Waters D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A historical account of the governance of midwifery education in Australia and the evolution of the Continuity of Care Experience.
CONCLUSION: Research concerned with the intended learning objectives and outcomes for the Continuity of Care Experience will support the learning model and ensure it continues into the future as an educationally sound learning experience for midwifery students. PMID: 29031648 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tierney O, Sweet L, Houston D, Ebert L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Impact of support networks for breastfeeding: A multicentre study.
e;a C, Orenes-Piñero E Abstract BACKGROUND: The rates of breastfeeding worldwide are slowly improving since 1996. Europe is still trailing behind the global breastfeeding incidence and prevalence rates. Thus, breastfeeding promotion, protection, prolongation and support have become an important challenge as breastfeeding sharply decreases in the first six months of life. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this project is to determine, assess and identify the real impact of breastfeeding support networks in Murcia (Spain). METHODS: After searching unsuccessfully for a validated questionnaire, a specific one wa...
Source: Women Birth - October 10, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Baño-Piñero I, Martínez-Roche ME, Canteras-Jordana M, Carrillo-García C, Orenes-Piñero E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors that support change in the delivery of midwifery led care in hospital settings. A review of current literature.
CONCLUSION: The findings demonstrate the importance of social support and clinical leadership in bringing about subtle changes in hospital based midwifery led care. Ultimately improved understanding of the factors that support the delivery of the midwifery led care in hospital settings may improve women's choice and highlight the role of the midwife as the practitioner of normal childbirth. PMID: 28986188 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Russell K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Exploring routine hospital antenatal care consultations - An ethnographic study.
CONCLUSION: Individual midwives adopted practices according to their own perceptions of actions and behaviors that were considered to be in accordance with the philosophy of woman-centred care. Information arising from this study has shown ways midwives may arrange antenatal care consultations to maximize women's participation. PMID: 28969996 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 29, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wright D, Pincombe J, McKellar L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Deliberate acquisition of competence in physiological breech birth: A grounded theory study.
CONCLUSION: Deliberate development of local communities of practice may support professionals to acquire elusive breech skills in a sustainable way. PMID: 28969997 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 29, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Walker S, Scamell M, Parker P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The experiences of Burmese healthcare interpreters (Iam) in maternity services in Thailand.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the challenges, the lam believed their presence encouraged Burmese women to attend antenatal care. They described benefits for themselves, including 'on-the-job' training. Community trust in the lam meant that Burmese women and families sought their advice within the community. This study demonstrates the important role that migrant workers play in collaborating with nurse-midwives to ensure access to maternity services in middle-income countries. PMID: 28969998 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 29, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Phanwichatkul T, Burns E, Liamputtong P, Schmied V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pattern of prenatal care utilization in Tehran: A population based longitudinal study.
CONCLUSIONS: Prenatal care utilization complied with both national guidelines and recommendations of World Health Organization regarding the number of conducted visits. Equal accessibility and availability of prenatal care service despite the socio-economical differences of families is suggestive of equity and social justice in terms of providing health services in both public and private sectors. Among healthcare providers, gynecologists were the main healthcare provider for prenatal care visits. PMID: 28966128 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 28, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kolahi AA, Abbasi-Kangevari M, Abdollahi M, Ehdaeivand F, Arshi S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

'Acupuncture for antenatal depression: It's worth giving it a go' - A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Participants expressed an overall positive attitude towards the possible inclusion of acupuncture into mainstream care for antenatal depression, suggesting various hospital barriers could be overcome with further safety and effectiveness evidence. PMID: 28966129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 28, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ormsby SM, Dahlen HG, Ee CC, Keedle H, Smith CA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Operationalising caseload midwifery in the Australian public maternity system: Findings from a national cross-sectional survey of maternity managers.
CONCLUSION: Introducing, managing and operationalising caseload midwifery care is complex. Factors which may affect the expansion and availability of the model are multi-faceted and include staffing and model inclusion guidelines. Coverage of leave is a factor which appears particularly challenging and needs more focus. PMID: 28964707 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dawson K, Forster DA, McLachlan HL, Newton MS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The relationship between environmental exposures and hormonal abnormalities in pregnant women: An epidemiological study in Yazd, Iran.
CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that it is possible to reduce environmental exposures affecting hormonal abnormalities among pregnant women by improving nutritional patterns, minimizing the use of pesticides at home, and reducing the intake of canned foods and greenhouse fruits. PMID: 28958763 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 25, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Askari SG, Khatbasreh M, Ehrampoush MH, Sheikhha MH, Eslami H, Taghavi M, Shahrokhi S, Andishmand S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Making midwifery work visible: The multiple purposes of documentation.
CONCLUSION: The purpose of midwifery documentation is complex and multi-factorial, involving much more than the recording of clinical and legal details of a woman's care. Midwifery documentation may potentially enhance the maternity care experience for women, support the role of the midwife, positively impact collaboration between health professionals, and contribute to organisational processes and research. Further research is needed to clarify how to address the documentation priorities of women and midwives, within the context of the maternity record. PMID: 28958764 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 25, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kerkin B, Lennox S, Patterson J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

It's more than just luck: A qualitative exploration of breastfeeding in rural Australia.
CONCLUSION: A holistic approach to improve breastfeeding rates is imperative. One of the most promising antidotes to the breastfeeding dilemma is the provision of midwifery continuity of care. PMID: 28943316 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: McKellar L, Fleet J, Dove S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Predictors of women's positive childbirth pain experience: Findings from an Icelandic national study.
CONCLUSION: When planning pregnancy and childbirth services, predictors of positive experience of childbirth pain should be considered and investigated further. PMID: 28943317 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Karlsdottir SI, Sveinsdottir H, Kristjansdottir H, Aspelund T, Olafsdottir OA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative study showing women's participation and empowerment in instrumental vaginal births.
CONCLUSION: This study shows how cooperation and empowerment of the woman are two key factors in order for the women to have a positive experience of their instrumental vaginal births. The study also shows that empowerment is created when the woman is actively engaged and participates in the birth process which gives her the feeling of being part of the team, creating an environment based on mutual understanding. PMID: 28943318 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sjödin M, Rådestad I, Zwedberg S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Level of parenting stress in mothers of singletons and mothers of twins until one year postpartum: A cross-sectional study.
Abstract PROBLEM: To date, it is unclear which factors are associated with parenting stress. BACKGROUND: There are no studies investigating the association between parenting stress and coping strategies such as coparenting and social support, while simultaneously considering demographic and obstetric factors, in mothers of singletons and twins. AIM: To investigate if parenting stress is associated with personal, and obstetric characteristics, the level of coparenting, and the availability of and satisfaction with social support in mothers of singletons and twins until one year postpartum. METHODS: A...
Source: Women Birth - September 20, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: De Roose M, Beeckman D, Eggermont K, Vanhouche E, Van Hecke A, Verhaeghe S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The impact of delayed maternity on foetal growth in Spain: An assessment by population attributable fraction.
gin B Abstract BACKGROUND: Delayed childbearing is considered a risk factor for maternal-foetal health. As in other higher-income countries, in Spain age at maternity has steadily increased during the last two decades. AIM: To quantify the impact of the delay in the age at maternity on small for gestational age (SGA) categories of
Source: Women Birth - September 16, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Varea C, Terán JM, Bernis C, Bogin B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An instrumental case study examining the introduction and dissemination of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Australia: Participants' perspectives.
CONCLUSION: Dissemination of BFHI Australia is hampered by multi-level systems issues. Prioritisation, stakeholder collaboration and adequate resourcing of the BFHI is required to create a supportive and enabling environment for Australian women to determine and practice their preferred infant feeding method. PMID: 28923268 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 8, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Atchan M, Davis D, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital.
CONCLUSION: These identified predictors for supplementation, can inform the development of interventions for mother-infant pairs antenatally or in the early postpartum period around increased breastfeeding education and support to reduce supplementation. It may also be possible to reduce supplementation through judicious use of postpartum uterotonics and facilitation of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact at birth for greater than one hour duration. PMID: 28888864 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 6, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kalmakoff S, Gray A, Baddock S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Changes in foot posture during pregnancy and their relation with musculoskeletal pain: A longitudinal cohort study.
te CC Abstract AIM: To examine foot posture changes during the three trimesters of pregnancy and to determine whether there is a relationship between these changes and the pain experienced in this period. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 62 pregnant women who attended the Gynaecology Service at Hospital ​Santa María del Puerto (Cádiz, Spain), between January 2013 and May 2014. In their first visit, the following sociodemographic and anthropometric data were recorded: age, weight, height and foot size. In addition, information was obtained regarding pain in the lower back, knees, ankles a...
Source: Women Birth - September 6, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Vico Pardo FJ, López Del Amo A, Pardo Rios M, Gijon-Nogueron G, Yuste CC Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Lotus birth, a holistic approach on physiological cord clamping.
CONCLUSIONS: One should differentiate between early cord clamping (ECC), delayed cord clamping (DCC) and physiological cord clamping (PCC). Lotus birth might lead to an optimisation of the bonding and attachment. Research is needed in the areas of both PCC and Lotus birth. PMID: 28882580 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zinsser LA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Folic acid supplement use and the risk of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia.
CONCLUSION: Findings from this study suggest that the use of folic acid-containing supplements may mitigate the risk for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. PMID: 28870524 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 1, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: De Ocampo MPG, Araneta MRG, Macera CA, Alcaraz JE, Moore TR, Chambers CD Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of self-reporting health online prior to their first midwifery visit: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Self-reported health prior to the first midwifery visit appears to have both intended and unintended effects. During the midwifery visit, women find themselves navigating between competing needs in relation to use of their self-reported information. PMID: 28855084 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Johnsen H, Clausen JA, Hvidtjørn D, Juhl M, Hegaard HK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Spiritual needs of mothers with sick new born or premature infants-A cross sectional survey among German mothers.
CONCLUSIONS: Addressing mothers' specific needs may help support them in their struggle with their difficult situation avoiding fears and insecurity and thus facilitating positive bonding to their child. PMID: 28844865 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 24, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Büssing A, Waßermann U, Christian Hvidt N, Längler A, Thiel M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and use of antenatal care among rural women in southern Terai of Nepal.
CONCLUSIONS: Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with low utilisation of antenatal care services. Therefore, effective strategies to prevent or reduce intimate partner violence during pregnancy is needed, which may lead to improved antenatal care service utilization in Nepal with healthier mothers and children's outcome. PMID: 28844866 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 24, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Singh JK, Evans-Lacko S, Acharya D, Kadel R, Gautam S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Re: Guest Editorial Ann Kinnear Women and Birth 30 (2017) 168.
PMID: 28843723 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 23, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cross W Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Castor oil as a natural alternative to labor induction: A retrospective descriptive study.
Abstract AIM: To describe birthing outcomes among women who consumed castor oil cocktail as part of a freestanding birth center labor induction protocol. METHODS: De-identified data from birth logs and electronic medical records were entered into SPSS Statistics 22.0 for analysis for all women who received the castor oil cocktail (n=323) to induce labor between January 2008 and May 2015 at a birth center in the United States. Descriptive statistics were analyzed for trends in safety and birthing outcomes. RESULTS: Of the women who utilized the castor oil cocktail to stimulate labor, 293 (90.7%) birthed v...
Source: Women Birth - August 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, Moxley GE, Banks K, Bishop A, Rathbun L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Monitoring postpartum haemorrhage in Australia: Opportunities to improve reporting.
CONCLUSIONS: Routinely published PPH data lack nationally consistent definitions and detail. All states and territories are urged to prioritise the adoption of nationally recommended PPH items. PMID: 28838805 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Flood MM, Pollock WE, McDonald SJ, Davey MA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Response to Editorial, midwifery education.
PMID: 28827026 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Meek KA, Skufca RL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives being 'with woman': An integrative review.
CONCLUSION: Research and theoretical sources support the concept that being 'with woman' is a fundamental construct of midwifery practice as evident within the profession's philosophy. Findings suggest that the concept of midwives being 'with woman' is a dynamic and developing construct. The philosophy of being 'with woman' acts as an anchoring force to guide, inform and identify midwifery practice in the context of the rapidly changing modern maternity care landscapes. Gaps in knowledge and recommendations for further research are made. PMID: 28807466 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bradfield Z, Duggan R, Hauck Y, Kelly M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Sleeping for two: The importance of good sleep during pregnancy.
PMID: 28807467 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lucena L, Frange C, Tufik S, Hachul H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Challenging the colonisation of birth: Koori women's birthing knowledge and practice.
CONCLUSION: Inclusion of Aboriginal women's birthing practices and knowledge is crucial for reconciliation and self-determination. Challenging the colonisation of birthing, through the inclusion of Aboriginal knowledge and practice is imperative, as health practices inclusive of cultural knowledge are known to be more effective. PMID: 28803884 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 10, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Adams K, Faulkhead S, Stanfield R, Atkinson P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Minimalizing bleeding and tearing at vaginal birth: One practitioner's experience.
PMID: 28803885 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 10, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cohain JS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's and men's negative experience of child birth-A cross-sectional survey.
CONCLUSIONS: A negative birth experience is associated with obstetric factors such as emergency caesarean section and negative feelings. The content of negative feelings differed between women and men. It is important to take into account that their feelings differ in order to facilitate the processing of the negative birth experience for both partners. PMID: 28789827 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 5, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Nystedt A, Hildingsson I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Validation of the Australian Midwifery Standards Assessment Tool (AMSAT): A tool to assess midwifery competence.
CONCLUSION: The AMSAT is a valid, reliable and acceptable midwifery assessment tool enables consistent assessment of midwifery student competence. This assists benchmarking across midwifery education programs. PMID: 28784275 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sweet L, Bazargan M, McKellar L, Gray J, Henderson A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives experiences of participating in a midwifery research project: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: Implementing woman-centered care during second stage of labour gave the midwives an opportunity to develop in their professional role, and to enhance their confidence in the birthing women and her ability to have a physiological birth. To promote participation in, as well as conduct midwifery research, can enhance the development of the midwives professional role as well as contribute new knowledge to the field. PMID: 28781066 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Åhlund S, Zwedberg S, Hildingsson I, Edqvist M, Lindgren H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The impact of mediolateral episiotomy on the incidence of obstetrical anal sphincter injuries (OASIS) diagnosed by endoanal ultrasound.
PMID: 28780203 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 2, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Antonakou A, Papoutsis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Fear of childbirth and depressive symptoms among postnatal women: A cross-sectional survey from Chhattisgarh, India.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Prevalence rates of Fear of Birth and postnatal depressive symptoms have not been explored in Chhattisgarh, India. OBJECTIVE: To validate Hindi Wijma Delivery Experience Questionnaire and to study the prevalence of Fear of Birth and depressive symptoms among postnatal women. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey at seventeen public health facilities in two districts of Chhattisgarh, India among postnatal women who gave birth vaginally or through C-section to a live neonate. Participants were recruited through consecutive sampling based on health facility records of daily births. Data wer...
Source: Women Birth - July 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jha P, Larsson M, Christensson K, Svanberg AS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Castor oil for induction of labor in post-date pregnancies: A randomized controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: Castor oil is effective for labor induction, in post-date multiparous women in outpatient settings. PMID: 28750937 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 24, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gilad R, Hochner H, Savitsky B, Porat S, Hochner-Celnikier D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwifery student reactions to workplace violence.
CONCLUSION: Clinical placements can impact on midwifery students' future careers. Universities need to prepare students for the possibility of workplace violence and arm them with appropriate strategies for safely dealing with it. PMID: 28733152 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Shapiro J, Boyle MJ, McKenna L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Unsettling moods in rural midwifery practice.
CONCLUSIONS: Although the reality of rural maternity can be more challenging due to geographic location than urban areas this need not be a reason to further isolate these communities through negative judgement and decontextualized policy. Fear of what was happening now and something possibly happening in the future were part of the midwives' reality. The joy and delight of working rurally can become overshadowed by a tide of unsettling and disempowering fears. IMPLICATIONS: Positive images of rural midwifery need dissemination. It is essential that rural midwives and their communities are heard at all levels if their...
Source: Women Birth - July 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Crowther S, Smythe L, Spence D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Regulation of unregistered birth workers in Australia: Homebirth and public safety.
CONCLUSION: Negative licensing provides a useful additional tool for improving the safety of homebirths for mothers and babies, but it does not address the issues leading expectant parents to choose an unregistered birth worker to attend their births, and may contribute to an increase in high-risk behaviours, such as freebirthing. PMID: 28712530 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 13, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: McWhirter R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Social adversity in pregnancy and trajectories of women's depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study.
CONCLUSIONS: Experiencing adversity during pregnancy predicts subsequent patterns of maternal depression over an extended period of women's reproductive life course. It is not clear whether women's experiences of adversity during pregnancy were causally associated with subsequent depression or whether there are other explanations of the observed association. PMID: 28711396 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kingsbury AM, Plotnikova M, Clavarino A, Mamun A, Najman JM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Birth stories from South Africa: Voices unheard.
CONCLUSIONS: Fundamental change is needed in midwifery education and scope of practice, with overhaul of health system resourcing. PMID: 28711397 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hastings-Tolsma M, Nolte AGW, Temane A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Comprehensive maternity support and shared care in Switzerland: Comparison of levels of satisfaction.
CONCLUSIONS: Team midwifery had a positive impact on satisfaction, with no adverse effects on the obstetric and neonatal outcomes, when compared to shared care. PMID: 28711398 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Floris L, Irion O, Bonnet J, Politis Mercier MP, de Labrusse C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Fear of childbirth in primiparous Italian pregnant women: The role of anxiety, depression, and couple adjustment.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings support the key role of psychological variables in predicting fear of childbirth. Results suggest the importance of differentiating low levels of fear from intense levels of fear in order to promote adequate support interventions. PMID: 28709777 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Molgora S, Fenaroli V, Prino LE, Rollè L, Sechi C, Trovato A, Vismara L, Volpi B, Brustia P, Lucarelli L, Tambelli R, Saita E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences their recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy.
This study aimed to investigate if Australian midwives' personal CAM use impacts on discussions and recommendations of CAM/Self-help strategies. METHODOLOGY/DESIGN: A survey of a national midwifery association midwifery members (n=3,552) was undertaken at a midwifery conference (October 2015) and via e-bulletins (November 2015-March 2016). The self-administered survey included questions on what self-help and CAM strategies midwives discuss and recommend to women with a post-date pregnancy, midwives' confidence levels on discussing or recommending CAM, midwives' own personal use of CAM. FINDINGS: A total of 571 re...
Source: Women Birth - July 11, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mollart L, Skinner V, Adams J, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Using a pregnancy decision support program for women choosing birth after a previous caesarean in Japan: A mixed methods study.
PMID: 28705428 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 10, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Torigoe I, Shorten A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The emotional and professional wellbeing of Australian midwives: A comparison between those providing continuity of midwifery care and those not providing continuity.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Continuity of midwifery care contributes to significant positive outcomes for women and babies. There is a perception that providing continuity of care may negatively impact on the wellbeing and professional lives of midwives. AIM: To compare the emotional and professional wellbeing as well as satisfaction with time off and work-life balance of midwives providing continuity of care with midwives not providing continuity. METHOD: Online survey. Measures included; Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI); Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21; and Perceptions of Empowerment in Midwifery Sc...
Source: Women Birth - July 8, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fenwick J, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, Creedy DK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research