Wula (Voices) of Aboriginal women on barriers to accepting smoking cessation support during pregnancy: Findings from a qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: Aboriginal women in the HNE area reported quitting or reducing their cigarette intake during pregnancy. Health Professionals working with Aboriginal women during pregnancy should give consistent messages to quit smoking completely, and offer increased, ongoing and extensive smoking cessation support to Aboriginal mothers. Clinical practices could partner with Aboriginal communities to support the delivery of smoking cessation services. PMID: 28689764 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 6, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bovill M, Gruppetta M, Cadet-James Y, Clarke M, Bonevski B, Gould GS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perinatal and social factors predicting caesarean birth in a 2004 Australian birth cohort.
Abstract BACKGROUND: The proportion of babies born by caesarean section in Australia has almost doubled over the last 25 years. Factors known to contribute to caesarean such as higher maternal age, mothers being overweight or obese, or having had a previous caesarean do not completely account for the increased rate and it is clear that other influences exist. AIM: To identify previously unsuspected risk factors associated with caesarean using nationally-representative data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. METHODS: Data were from the birth cohort, a long-term prospective study of approx...
Source: Women Birth - July 5, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Robson SJ, Vally H, Mohamed AL, Yu M, Westrupp EM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A survey of Australian midwives' knowledge, experience, and training needs in relation to female genital mutilation.
CONCLUSION: As frontline providers, midwives must have appropriate up-to-date clinical skills and knowledge to ensure they are able to provide women with FGM the care they need and deserve. Midwives have a critical role to play in the collection of FGM related data to assist with health service planning and to prevent FGM by working closely with women and communities they serve to educate and advocate for its abandonment. Therefore, addressing educational gaps and training needs are key strategies to deliver optimal quality of care. PMID: 28687260 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Turkmani S, Homer C, Varol N, Dawson A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Improving psychoeducation for women fearful of childbirth: Evaluation of a research translation project.
CONCLUSION: Psychoeducation provided by midwives is of benefit to women experiencing high levels of birth fear. While psychoeducation training was successful in enhancing midwives' knowledge, skills and confidence; embedding the counselling framework in everyday practice was challenging. Counselling is more easily implemented within midwifery caseload models which enable midwives to build relationships with women across their pregnancy. PMID: 28684046 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fenwick J, Toohill J, Slavin V, Creedy DK, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The impact of oral probiotics on vaginal Group B Streptococcal colonisation rates in pregnant women: A pilot randomised control study.
DISCUSSION: Five possible reasons for the lack of significant results are: the length of the intervention was too short; the dosage of the probiotics was too low; the wrong strains of probiotics were used; the sample size was inadequate; or oral probiotics are ineffective in impacting vaginal GBS. IMPLICATIONS: The finding of a significant increase of vaginal commensals in women who completed 14days or more of probiotics supports the potential of probiotics to impact vaginal GBS in pregnancy. PMID: 28668229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 28, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Olsen P, Williamson M, Traynor V, Georgiou C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The Perfect Storm of Trauma: The experiences of women who have experienced birth trauma and subsequently accessed residential parenting services in Australia.
CONCLUSION: How women are cared for during their labour, birth and postnatal period impacts on how they manage early parenthood. Support is crucial for women, including practical parenting support, and emotional support by health professionals and peers. PMID: 28666701 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Priddis HS, Keedle H, Dahlen H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Conceptions of pregnancy health and motivations for healthful behavior change among women in American Samoa.
CONCLUSIONS: This study confirmed pregnancy as an opportune moment for health behavior intervention, especially within the context of Samoan culture. Future efforts should capitalize on external motivations for behavior change but also encourage the development of internal motivators to sustain changes initiated in pregnancy post-partum. PMID: 28662836 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 26, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kocher EL, Sternberg Lamb JM, McGarvey ST, Faiai M, Muasau-Howard BT, Hawley NL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The journey from pain to power: A meta-ethnography on women's experiences of vaginal birth after caesarean.
CONCLUSION: Women undergo a journey from their previous caesarean with different positive and negative experiences as they move towards their goal of achieving a vaginal birth after caesarean. This 'journey from pain to power' is strongly influenced by both negative and positive support provided by health care practitioners. Positive support from a health care professional is more common in confident practitioners and continuity of care with a midwife. PMID: 28655602 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 24, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Keedle H, Schmied V, Burns E, Dahlen HG Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A time for psycho-spiritual transcendence: The experiences of Iranian women of pain during childbirth.
CONCLUSION: Most participants had positive experiences and attitudes towards pain during childbirth influenced by cultural, context and religious factors. According to this study, 'transcendental progression' was an eminent feeling that created positive inner feelings along with self-actualization in women. This provides a new insight on labor pain and helps healthcare providers understand the effect of pain during childbirth on women's spiritual, mental and psychological needs. PMID: 28652017 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 23, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Taghizdeh Z, Ebadi A, Dehghani M, Gharacheh M, Yadollahi P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Resistance to breastfeeding: A Foucauldian analysis of breastfeeding support from health professionals.
CONCLUSION: Negative historical experiences related to the medicalization of infant feeding in Western countries suggests that health professionals need to provide effective skill support for breastfeeding mothers so that mothers do not consider it a form of "quiet coercion" or as an exercise of "power". PMID: 28648583 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 22, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Alianmoghaddam N, Phibbs S, Benn C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Effect of a web-based positive psychology intervention on prenatal well-being: A case series study.
DISCUSSION: The findings of this case series study indicate potential effects of the intervention on supporting mental well-being and decreasing depressive symptomatology in these pregnant women. Furthermore, this study provides some suggestions for developing future online-based positive interventions addressed to pregnant women. However, these findings are preliminary, and future studies are needed in order to assess the effects of the intervention in a wider population of pregnant women. PMID: 28647310 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Corno G, Etchemendy E, Espinoza M, Herrero R, Molinari G, Carrillo A, Drossaert C, Baños RM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Response to Editorial, who can be a legitimate author on an article?
PMID: 28642111 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 19, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jarrett P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breastfeeding during pregnancy: A systematic review.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Data suggest that BDP does not affect the way pregnancies end or even birth weights. However, several questions remain unanswered. Specifically, it is unclear how BDP affects maternal nutritional status in developed countries, the growth and health of breastfed siblings, the composition of breastmilk, or the growth of the newborn after delivery. Further studies of BDP are needed with larger samples, adequate methodology and proper control of the main confounders. PMID: 28642112 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 19, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: López-Fernández G, Barrios M, Goberna-Tricas J, Gómez-Benito J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Who can be a legitimate author on an article?
PMID: 28625891 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 15, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sweet L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Decision-making in Swiss home-like childbirth: A grounded theory study.
CONCLUSION: To respond to recommendations for shared responsibility for care, midwives need to strengthen their shared decision-making skills. The visual model of decision-making in childbirth derived from the data provides a framework for transferring clinical reasoning into practice. PMID: 28624364 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 14, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Meyer Y, Frank F, Schläppy Muntwyler F, Fleming V, Pehlke-Milde J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Editorial.
PMID: 28602198 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 1, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sweet L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Guest Editorial.
PMID: 28602199 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - June 1, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kinnear A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Giving birth: Expectations of first time mothers in Switzerland at the mid point of pregnancy.
CONCLUSION: Bringing together the three languages and cultures produced a truly "Swiss" study showing contrasts between a matter of fact approach to pregnancy and the concept of fear. Such a contrast is worthy of further and deeper exploration by a multi-disciplinary research team. PMID: 28576618 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 30, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fleming V, Meyer Y, Frank F, van Gogh S, Schirinzi L, Michoud B, de Labrusse C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Prevalence of and risk factors associated with cesarean section in Lebanon - A retrospective study based on a sample of 29,270 women.
CONCLUSION: Based on these results, it is recommended that a new health policy be implemented to reduce the number of unnecessary cesarean deliveries in Lebanon. PMID: 28549841 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 23, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zgheib SM, Kacim M, Kostev K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Vaginal birth after caesarean: Views of women from countries with low VBAC rates.
CONCLUSION: Women's decision-making about vaginal birth after caesarean in these countries involves a complex, multidimensional interplay of medical, psychosocial, cultural, personal and practical considerations. Further research is needed to explore if the information deficit women report negatively affects their ability to make informed choices, and to understand what matters most to women when making decisions about vaginal birth after a previous caesarean as a mode of birth. PMID: 28545775 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 22, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Nilsson C, Lalor J, Begley C, Carroll M, Gross MM, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Lundgren I, Matterne A, Morano S, Nicoletti J, Healy P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Educating student midwives around dignity and respect.
CONCLUSION: The use of creative teaching approaches in a workshop setting appears to provide an effective learning opportunity around dignified and respectful care. These workshops have evoked a deep emotional response for some participants, and facilitators must be prepared for this outcome to ensure a safe space for learning. PMID: 28529086 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hall JS, Mitchell M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A critical analysis of Australian policies and guidelines for water immersion during labour and birth.
CONCLUSION: Policies and guidelines pertaining to water immersion, particularly for birth reflect opinion and varied interpretations of the current literature base. A degree of hegemonic influence was noted prompting recommendations for future maternity care policy and guidelines'. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia approved the research. PMID: 28529087 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cooper M, McCutcheon H, Warland J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pilot test of a home-based program to prevent perceived insufficient milk.
CONCLUSION: By building maternal competencies, the home-based intervention has a longer-range potential to prevent breastfeeding discontinuation. Further evaluation is warranted. PMID: 28529088 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wood NK, Sanders EA, Lewis FM, Woods NF, Blackburn ST Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian private midwives with hospital visiting rights in Queensland: Structures and processes impacting clinical outcomes.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Reporting the outcomes for women and newborns accessing private midwives with visiting rights in Australia is important, especially since this data cannot currently be disaggregated from routinely collected perinatal data. AIM: 1) Evaluate the outcomes of women and newborns cared for by midwives with visiting access at one Queensland facility and 2) explore private midwives views about the structures and processes contributing to clinical outcomes. METHODS: Mixed methods. An audit of the 'all risk' 529 women receiving private midwifery care. Data were compared with national core mate...
Source: Women Birth - May 15, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fenwick J, Brittain H, Gamble J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Excessively delayed maternal reaction after their perception of decreased fetal movements in stillbirths: Population-based study in Japan.
CONCLUSION: We conclude that delayed maternal visit after perceiving decreased fetal movements is frequently observed in stillbirths. Promoting more thorough maternal education on fetal movements, including emphasizing earlier visitation after perceiving decreased fetal movements, may prevent stillbirths. PMID: 28506686 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Koshida S, Ono T, Tsuji S, Murakami T, Arima H, Takahashi K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Exploring global recognition of quality midwifery education: Vision or fiction?
CONCLUSION: Quality midwifery education is vital for establishing a competent workforce, and improving maternal and newborn health. Defining a global recognition process could be instrumental in moving toward this goal, but dealing with the identified challenges will be essential. PMID: 28501372 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 10, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Luyben A, Barger M, Avery M, Bharj KK, O'Connell R, Fleming V, Thompson J, Sherratt D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Birth preference in women undergoing treatment for childbirth fear: A randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: Women's birth preferences fluctuated over the course of pregnancy and after birth regardless of treatment method. Women felt their fear was reduced and were more satisfied with face-to-face counselling compared to ICBT. A higher percentage were lost to follow-up in ICBT group suggesting a need for further research. PMID: 28495462 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 8, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Larsson B, Karlström A, Rubertsson C, Ternström E, Ekdahl J, Segebladh B, Hildingsson I Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The predictive role of support in the birth experience: A longitudinal cohort study.
CONCLUSIONS: Perception of negative birth experience was relatively consistent during the study period and the role of support from midwives during pregnancy and birth had a significant impact on women's perception of birth experience. PMID: 28478933 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - May 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sigurdardottir VL, Gamble J, Gudmundsdottir B, Kristjansdottir H, Sveinsdottir H, Gottfredsdottir H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's attitudes towards the medicalization of childbirth and their associations with planned and actual modes of birth.
Abstract PROBLEM: Rates of medical interventions in childbirth have greatly increased in the Western world. BACKGROUND: Women's attitudes affect their birth choices. AIM: To assess women's attitudes towards the medicalization of childbirth and their associations with women's background as well as their fear of birth and planned and unplanned modes of birth. METHODS: This longitudinal observational study included 836 parous woman recruited at women's health centres and natural birth communities in Israel. All women filled in questionnaires about attitudes towards the medicalization of childbirth, fea...
Source: Women Birth - April 20, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Benyamini Y, Molcho ML, Dan U, Gozlan M, Preis H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors influencing midwives' use of an evidenced based Normal Birth Guideline.
PMID: 28434673 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 20, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Toohill J, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, Fenwick J, Creedy DK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A critical and interpretive literature review of birthing women's non-elicited pain language.
CONCLUSION: Labour can bring about a spectrum of sensations and therefore emotions from happiness and pleasure to suffering and grief. Spontaneous pain language comprises verbal language and non-verbal behaviour. Narratives are an effective form of pain communication in that they provide details regarding the quality, nature and dimensions of pain, and details notcaptured in quantitative data. PMID: 28411030 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Power S, Bogossian FE, Sussex R, Strong J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Relationship between the degree of perineal trauma at vaginal birth and change in haemoglobin concentration.
CONCLUSION: Episiotomy is related to greater reduction of haemoglobin concentration in comparison with all degrees of spontaneous perineal trauma. The use of episiotomy should be strictly limited. PMID: 28412037 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 12, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rubio-Álvarez A, Molina-Alarcón M, Hernández-Martínez A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of, and attitudes to, maternity education across the perinatal period in Victoria, Australia: A mixed-methods approach.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for a reorientation of perinatal health service education. A health promotion approach is suggested as it extends beyond the physical recovery from birth to encompass psychosocial factors; including perinatal morbidities that can disrupt the quality and experience of the transition to parenthood. PMID: 28389170 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Buultjens M, Murphy G, Robinson P, Milgrom J, Monfries M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Left lateral birthing position for woman with leg amputation: A brief case report.
PMID: 28389171 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chen G, Chen H, Liu B, Zheng X, Zhang Z Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Risk factors for preterm, low birthweight and small for gestational age births among Aboriginal women from remote communities in Northern Australia.
CONCLUSIONS: Rates of these events are high and have changed little over time. Some risk factors are modifiable and treatable but need early, high quality, culturally responsive women centred care delivered in the remote communities themselves. A different approach is recommended. PMID: 28377142 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - April 1, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kildea SV, Gao Y, Rolfe M, Boyle J, Tracy S, Barclay LM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Collective action for the development of national standards for midwifery education in Australia.
This article describes a sequence of events that led to the development of national standards for the accreditation of Australian midwifery education programmes for initial registration. This process occurred within a climate of polarised opinions about the value of the introduction of three-year degree programmes for midwives who are not nurses (known as the BMid in Australia) and concerns about the invisibility of midwifery within nursing regulation, education, policy and nomenclature. Concerted efforts to develop standards to inform the introduction of BMid programmes through a process of collective action are described...
Source: Women Birth - March 31, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Leap N, Brodie P, Tracy SK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Peer to peer mentoring: Outcomes of third-year midwifery students mentoring first-year students.
CONCLUSION: The peer mentor program was of benefit to the majority of midwifery students. PMID: 28366500 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 30, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hogan R, Fox D, Barratt-See G Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breastfeeding initiation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria: analysis of routinely collected population-based data.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Increasing breastfeeding rates is one way of improving the short and long term health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (hereafter referred to as Aboriginal). Despite the benefits of breastfeeding and recommendations for strategies to increase breastfeeding among Aboriginal people, there is a lack of available population data. AIM: To use population-based data from Victoria, Australia to compare breastfeeding initiation for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and to explore factors associated with breastfeeding initiation of Aboriginal women. METHODS: Routinely collec...
Source: Women Birth - March 29, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: McLachlan HL, Shafiei T, Forster DA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Development of a Model of Holistic Reflection to facilitate transformative learning in student midwives.
CONCLUSION: The aim of developing the Holistic Reflective Model was to produce a sound educational tool to assist midwifery students to progressively build reflexivity and reflective practice. Furthermore, provide midwifery academics with an educational resource to facilitate development of reflective and critical thinking skills in students. The specific intention was to promote deep personal and transformative learning across an entry to practice program. This paper highlights a number of ways the model can be embedded within the curriculum to support the scaffolded development of critical reflection and reflexivity requ...
Source: Women Birth - March 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bass J, Fenwick J, Sidebotham M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"The right help at the right time": Positive constructions of peer and professional support for breastfeeding.
"The right help at the right time": Positive constructions of peer and professional support for breastfeeding. Women Birth. 2017 Mar 27;: Authors: Burns E, Schmied V PMID: 28359753 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Burns E, Schmied V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Better safe than sorry"-Reasons for consulting care due to decreased fetal movements.
CONCLUSION: Worry about the baby is the crucial reason for consulting care as well as the time which has passed since the women first experienced decreased fetal movements. PMID: 28359754 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 27, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Linde A, Rådestad I, Pettersson K, Hagelberg L, Georgsson S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Any action? Reflections on the Australian Midwifery Action Project.
CONCLUSION: Many changes have been implemented in the nearly 20 years since AMAP was first conceived. However, many of the issues that provided the impetus for a project such as AMAP remain and are still to be resolved. The midwifery profession continues to be subsumed with nursing, it is not possible to gain accurate midwifery workforce data and, despite the development of national standards for midwifery education, wide variations in courses still exist across Australia. PMID: 28344025 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 23, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Gray JE, Smith RM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The experiences of last-year student midwives with High-Fidelity Perinatal Simulation training: A qualitative descriptive study.
CONCLUSION: As High-Fidelity Perinatal Simulation training constitutes a helpful learning experience in midwifery education, it could have a positive influence on maternal and neonatal outcomes. In the long term, it could therefore enhance the midwifery profession in several ways. The present study is an important first step in opening up the debate about the pedagogical use of High-Fidelity Perinatal Simulation training within midwifery education. PMID: 28341585 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 21, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Vermeulen J, Beeckman K, Turcksin R, Van Winkel L, Gucciardo L, Laubach M, Peersman W, Swinnen E Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The state of midwifery in small island Pacific nations.
CONCLUSION: The variation and the small number of midwives poses challenges for workforce planning. Consideration could be given to developing regional standards and potentially a shared curriculum framework. Ongoing collaboration and networking between countries is a critical part of future developments. PMID: 28336211 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 20, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Homer CS, Turkmani S, Rumsey M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Impact of a continuing professional development intervention on midwifery academics' awareness of cultural safety.
CONCLUSION: Increased awareness of cultural safety can be transformative for midwifery academics. Workshops and yarning circles can support academics in moving beyond a 'sense of paralysis' and engage in challenging conversations to transform their learning and teaching and in turn foster a culturally safe learning and teaching environment for First Peoples midwifery students towards success. PMID: 28336212 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 20, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Fleming T, Creedy DK, West R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Brain death during pregnancy and prolonged corporeal support of the body: A critical discussion.
Abstract AIM: To discuss corporeal support of the brain-dead pregnant woman and to critically examine important aspects of this complex situation that remain as yet unexplored. BACKGROUND: When brain death of the woman occurs during pregnancy, the fetus may be kept inside the corporeally supported body for prolonged periods to enable continued fetal growth and development. This has been increasingly reported in medical literature since 1982 and has received considerable media attention in the past few years. IMPLICATIONS FOR MIDWIVES AND NURSES: Sophisticated advances in medical technologies have altered...
Source: Women Birth - March 17, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Staff L, Nash M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Obstetric fistula and sociocultural practices in Hausa community of Northern Nigeria.
CONCLUSION: To improve health access for women, there is a need to increase political commitment and budget for health human resource distribution to underserved areas in the Hausa community. There is also a need to advance power and voice of women to resist oppressive traditions and to provide them with empowerment opportunities to improve their social status. The practice of traditional birth attendants can be regulated and the primary health care services strengthened. PMID: 28283307 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 7, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Amodu OC, Salami B, Richter S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Presence and process of fear of birth during pregnancy-Findings from a longitudinal cohort study.
CONCLUSIONS: More research is needed to explore factors important to reduce fear of childbirth and the optimal time to measure it. PMID: 28279636 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Hildingsson I, Haines H, Karlström A, Nystedt A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative exploration of how midwives' and obstetricians' perception of risk affects care practices for low-risk women and normal birth.
CONCLUSION: Improved models of care, distinct from medical jurisdiction, are required. Midwives must take responsibility for leading change as their professional identity is in jeopardy. PMID: 28279637 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - March 6, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Healy S, Humphreys E, Kennedy C Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Teamwork among midwives during neonatal resuscitation at a maternity hospital in Nepal.
CONCLUSION: Nurse midwives working at a maternity health care facility in Nepal discussed the benefits and challenges of teamwork in neonatal resuscitation. The findings suggest potential benefits can be made from clarifying guidelines and responsibilities in neonatal resuscitation. Furthermore, a structured process to deal with clinical incidents must be considered. Management must be involved in all processes. PMID: 28254364 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 26, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Wrammert J, Sapkota S, Baral K, Kc A, Målqvist M, Larsson M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research