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

'Determined to breastfeed': A case study of exclusive breastfeeding using interpretative phenomenological analysis.
CONCLUSION: For this mother, her self-determination to exclusively breastfeed, along with positive social support, outweighed the impact of perceived social norms and negative pressure from significant others to stop exclusive breastfeeding. This qualitative reflection contributes to an understanding of the individual in the breastfeeding journey, uncovering nuances around exclusive breastfeeding that may be helpful in providing support for mothers and direction for further research. PMID: 28215560 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 16, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Charlick SJ, Fielder A, Pincombe J, McKellar L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

How have the lives of pregnant women changed in the last 30 years?
Abstract BACKGROUND: To what extent have the characteristics and needs of pregnant women changed over time? This cross-sectional, comparative study describes some socio-demographic, mental health and lifestyle characteristics of two samples of pregnant women assessed 30 years apart. METHODS: We recruited two samples of pregnant women who were attending their first clinic visit at the same large Queensland maternity hospital 30 years apart between 1981 to 1984 (Sample A, N=6753) and 2011-2012 (Sample B, N=2156). The women were compared using the same survey tool. Descriptive statistics are presented. Pearson's...
Source: Women Birth - February 9, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kingsbury AM, Gibbons K, McIntyre D, Tremellen A, Flenady V, Wilkinson S, Mamun A, Najman JM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Development of a First Peoples-led cultural capability measurement tool: A pilot study with midwifery students.
CONCLUSION: A First Peoples approach was critical to tool development and conceptual validity. The 22 item Cultural Capability measurement Tool reflected the core cultural capabilities of The Framework. The draft tool appears suitable for use with midwifery students. PMID: 28188040 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 7, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: West R, Wrigley S, Mills K, Taylor K, Rowland D, Creedy DK Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

More than a name: Heterogeneity in characteristics of models of maternity care reported from the Australian Maternity Care Classification System validation study.
CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that although models of care can be grouped into a distinct set of Major Model Categories, there are significant variations in models of the same type. This could result in seemingly 'like' models of care being incorrectly compared if grouped only by the Major Model Category. PMID: 28169157 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 4, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Donnolley NR, Chambers GM, Butler-Henderson KA, Chapman MG, Sullivan EA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal singing of lullabies during pregnancy and after birth: Effects on mother-infant bonding and on newborns' behaviour. Concurrent Cohort Study.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Mother-infant bonding is of great importance for the development and the well-being of the baby. The aim of this Concurrent Cohort Study was to investigate the effects of mothers singing lullabies on bonding, newborns' behaviour and maternal stress. METHODS: Eighty-three (singing cohort) and 85 (concurrent cohort) women were recruited at antenatal classes at 24 weeks g.a. and followed up to 3 months after birth. The Prenatal Attachment Inventory (PAI) and the Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale (MIBS) were used to assess maternal-foetal attachment and postnatal bonding. FINDINGS: No signi...
Source: Women Birth - February 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Persico G, Antolini L, Vergani P, Costantini W, Nardi MT, Bellotti L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Barriers to a healthy lifestyle post gestational-diabetes: An Australian qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: A better understanding of the barriers to healthy lifestyle by women in their everyday lives will assist in the development of culturally appropriate health promotion guidelines and strategies. Constant un-fragmented postnatal engagement by the specialised diabetes clinics and primary health care services is crucial to sustain the healthy lifestyle in the long-term for women with previous gestational-diabetes. PMID: 28169159 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 3, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zulfiqar T, Lithander FE, Banwell C, Young R, Boisseau L, Ingle M, Nolan CJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Who can be a legitimate author on an article?
PMID: 28164840 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - February 1, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Sweet L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy-A multinational European study.
CONCLUSIONS: Almost 16% of women resident in Europe consumed alcohol during pregnancy with large cross-country variations. Education and smoking prior to pregnancy could not fully explain the differences between the European countries. A united European strategy to prevent alcohol consumption during pregnancy is needed with focus on countries with the highest consumption. PMID: 28111037 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 19, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mårdby AC, Lupattelli A, Hensing G, Nordeng H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

First childbirth experience of international marriage migrant women in South Korea.
CONCLUSIONS: Childbirth is a life-changing event for these women, in which they face challenges as well as opportunities to develop new coping skills and a new role identity in their family. It is important for healthcare providers and policy makers to identify obstacles and unmet needs to improve maternity care in light of the distinctive challenges of immigrant living in multicultural families. PMID: 28109623 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 18, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chu MS, Park M, Kim JA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Midwives' perceptions and experiences of engaging fathers in perinatal services.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study could inform maternity health care policies, as well the development of resources, education and ongoing professional training for midwives to promote father-inclusive practice. PMID: 28094187 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 13, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rominov H, Giallo R, Pilkington PD, Whelan TA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Needs of fathers during labour and childbirth: A cross-sectional study.
The objectives were: identify fathers' needs during the labor and childbirth process; determine if their needs were met by midwives; and identify variables influencing these needs. The questionnaire was designed based on a systematic literature search and validated by a multistage consensus method. Data were collected during a cross-sectional study in two maternity wards in Belgium, where a medical-led model is used. Fathers present during natural childbirth were recruited via consecutive sampling. Based on multivariate analyses, fathers with a higher education level and multiparous fathers needed less information about th...
Source: Women Birth - January 7, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Eggermont K, Beeckman D, Van Hecke A, Delbaere I, Verhaeghe S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's mental health during pregnancy: A participatory qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: Women's mental health is predominantly undermined or supported by relational, experiential and material factors. The local context of socio-economic deprivation is a significant influence on women's mental health and service requirements. PMID: 28057430 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - January 2, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Franks WL, Crozier KE, Penhale BL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternity health care: The experiences of Sub-Saharan African women in Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia.
CONCLUSION: The study provides an understanding of Sub-Saharan African women's experiences of maternity care across countries. The findings indicate that these women have maternity health needs shaped by their sociocultural norms and beliefs related to pregnancy and childbirth. It is therefore arguable that enhancing maternity care can be achieved by improving women's health literacy through health education, having an affordable health care system, providing respectful and high quality midwifery care, using effective communication, and showing cultural sensitivity including family support for labouring women. PMID: 2...
Source: Women Birth - December 9, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mohale H, Sweet L, Graham K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"Unscrambling what's in your head": A mixed method evaluation of clinical supervision for midwives.
CONCLUSION: Education, awareness raising and further research into reflective clinical supervision, to support emotional well-being and professional midwifery practice is needed. In addition, health organisations need to design, implement and evaluate strategies that support the embedding of clinical supervision within midwives' clinical practice. PMID: 27939911 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 6, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Love B, Sidebotham M, Fenwick J, Harvey S, Fairbrother G Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The development of a caseload midwifery service in rural Australia.
CONCLUSION: The development of collaborative care models that embrace and build on established inter-professional relationships can maximise existing rural workforce potential and create a sustainable rural service into the future. PMID: 27931780 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - December 5, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tran T, Longman J, Kornelsen J, Barclay L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Unilateral collaboration: The practices and understandings of traditional birth attendants in southeastern Nigeria.
CONCLUSION: The participants provided a counter-narrative to the official position in Nigeria about the space they occupy. They responded in ways that depict them as committed champions of normal birth with ability to offer comprehensive care in accordance with the individual needs of women, and respect for cultural norms. Professional midwives are therefore challenged to review their ways of practice. Emphasis should be placed on what formal healthcare providers and traditional birth attendants can learn from each other. PMID: 27889258 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 23, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ohaja M, Murphy-Lawless J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Episiotomy and severe perineal trauma among Eastern African immigrant women giving birth in public maternity care: A population based study in Victoria, Australia.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, Eastern African immigrant women experienced elevated odds of episiotomy and severe perineal tear. Health care providers need to be mindful of the increased risk of severe perineal tear in these women and enhance efforts in identification and treatment of severe perineal trauma to minimise associated short and long term morbidity. Strategies to reduce unneeded episiotomy and ways of enhancing perineal safety are also needed. PMID: 27889259 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 23, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Belihu FB, Small R, Davey MA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Intentions and barriers toward breastfeeding among Jordanian mothers-A cross sectional descriptive study using quantitative method.
CONCLUSION: Views toward breastfeeding among Jordanian women are not homogeneous. Policymakers and nurse educators should be cognizant of findings from this study and use them as guidelines for decision making. Efforts to improve intention toward breastfeeding can be achieved through structured and targeted educational programs for women from low income circumstances, and by modifying policies concerning work conditions for mothers to enable them to breastfeed their babies. PMID: 27888022 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 22, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Al-Sagarat AY, Yaghmour G, Moxham L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A narrative review of interventions addressing the parental-fetal relationship.
CONCLUSION: There is insufficient evidence to support definitive conclusions regarding the efficacy of any included intervention. A number of limitations, such as non-probability sampling, lack of blinding, and insufficient follow-up weaken the evidence. The inclusion of fathers in only three studies reflects the overall neglect of men in research regarding the prenatal relationship. Further in-depth study of the nature of the maternal/paternal-fetal relationship may be needed in order to allow for the identification of interventions that are consistently beneficial and worthwhile. PMID: 27884654 [PubMed - as supplied...
Source: Women Birth - November 21, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Borg Cunen N, Jomeen J, Borg Xuereb R, Poat A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors contributing to postpartum blood-loss in low-risk mothers through expectant management in Japanese birth centres.
CONCLUSION: These results detail specific midwifery practices and highlight the clinical significance of expectant management with low risk pregnant women experiencing a normal delivery. PMID: 27876367 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 19, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Eto H, Hasegawa A, Kataoka Y, Porter SE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

How to avoid plagiarism, dual publication and data fragmentation.
PMID: 27866923 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 17, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Joob B, Wiwanitkit V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Development and piloting the Woman Centred Care Scale (WCCS).
DISCUSSION: Test and re-test reliability of the instrument was high for each of the individual raters (Kappa 0.946 and 0.849 respectively p
Source: Women Birth - November 16, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Brady S, Bogossian F, Gibbons K Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternity high-dependency care and the Australian midwife: A review of the literature.
CONCLUSION: In order to provide maternity high-dependency care, midwives need to be suitably equipped with the knowledge and skills required to do so. PMID: 27865818 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 16, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kingwell EL, Butt J, Leslie G Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Factors affecting intention to breastfeed of a group of Brazilian childbearing women.
CONCLUSIONS: Previous positive breastfeeding experience and guidance during prenatal examinations positively affected women's intention to breastfeed; while older, unemployed women in their second or more gestation and previous breastfeeding experience intended to breastfeed their children for longer periods of time. PMID: 27840072 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 10, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Moimaz SA, Rocha NB, Garbin CA, Rovida TA, Saliba NA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The woman, partner and midwife: An integration of three perspectives of labour when intrapartum transfer from a birth centre to a tertiary obstetric unit occurs.
CONCLUSION: Insight into the unique integrated experiences during a birth centre intrapartum transfer can inform midwives, empowering them to better support parents through antenatal education before and by offering discussion about the birth and transfer after. Translation of findings to practice also reinforces how midwives can support their colleagues by recognising the accompanying midwife's role and knowledge of the woman. PMID: 27825776 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 5, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Kuliukas LJ, Hauck YC, Lewis L, Duggan R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Normalising breastfeeding within a formula feeding culture: An Irish qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Facilitating a sense of normalcy for breastfeeding women at individual, community and societal levels was essential in promoting breastfeeding. The community support group was influential in normalising breastfeeding for a sample of women, by minimising the potential for embarrassment, promoting social interaction and sharing, building confidence and knowledge. This buffered the effects of negative attitudes of others and personal feelings of shame. PMID: 27825777 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 5, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Leahy-Warren P, Creedon M, O'Mahony A, Mulcahy H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Influences on vaginal birth after caesarean section: A qualitative study of Taiwanese women.
CONCLUSIONS: Women who have had a previous caesarean section are prepared to have a vaginal birth but are not always supported to carry out this decision. Changing the models of antenatal care is recommended as a strategy to overcome this difficulty therefore empowering women to make a meaningful choice about VBAC after a CS. PMID: 27818106 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 3, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Chen MM, McKellar L, Pincombe J Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The Continuity of Care Experience in Australian midwifery education-What have we achieved?
CONCLUSION: No research was found that reports on the educational model in terms of defining learning objectives and assessment of outcomes. This represents an important omission in mandating this clinical practice model in midwifery curricula without sufficient guidance to unify and maximize learning for students. Research is required to explore the educational intent and assessment methods of the Continuity of Care Experience as an educational model. PMID: 27818107 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 3, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Tierney O, Sweet L, Houston D, Ebert L Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Effects of a novel positive psychological intervention on prenatal stress and well-being: A pilot randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: A brief mindfulness and gratitude based intervention has the potential to reduce stress in pregnancy. Future research is needed to further explore mechanisms and potential benefits of such interventions. PMID: 27810284 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 31, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Matvienko-Sikar K, Dockray S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Breastfeeding initiation and support: A literature review of what women value and the impact of early discharge.
CONCLUSION: The findings suggest individualised postnatal lengths of stay may be beneficial for the initiation of breastfeeding. Five values were not impacted by early discharge, but rather individual midwives' practice. There is consensus in the literature that early discharge promoted a comfortable environment to support breastfeeding initiation. Wide variations in the definition of early postnatal discharge made it difficult to draw influential conclusions. Therefore, further research is required. PMID: 27773608 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 20, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: James L, Sweet L, Donnellan-Fernandez R Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Impact of intervention on breastfeeding outcomes and determinants based on theory of planned behavior.
CONCLUSIONS: The TPB-based intervention was effective in promoting exclusive breastfeeding during 6 weeks postpartum. Future interventions are recommended to adjust intervention strategies with time, and give more focus on providing continued breastfeeding support after discharge. PMID: 27773609 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 20, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Zhu Y, Zhang Z, Ling Y, Wan H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

"No pain, no gain": The experience of women using sterile water injections.
CONCLUSIONS: Women in this study largely viewed sterile water injections as an effective analgesia with few side effects. The pain associated with the injection of sterile water was weighed against the likelihood of rapid, effective pain relief. Women used the period of analgesia to support their objectives, be this a period of respite during the labour or to enhance the ability to focus on the birth experience. Information on SWI provided by health professionals should also balance realistic descriptions of the injection pain with prospect of analgesia. PMID: 27771320 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 19, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Lee N, Kildea S, Stapleton H Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Australian midwives' experiences of their workplace culture.
CONCLUSION: This study illuminated both positive and negative aspects of the midwifery workplace culture in Australia. One way to ensure the wellbeing and satisfaction of midwives in order to maintain the midwifery workforce and provide quality care to women and their families is to provide positive workplace cultures. PMID: 27771321 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 19, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Catling CJ, Reid F, Hunter B Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's experiences of having had, and recovered from, eclampsia at a tertiary hospital in Tanzania.
CONCLUSION: Experiencing eclampsia is painful and gives a sense of bodily disconnectedness. It involves worrisome separation from the newborn, not being adequately informed and concerns over future health. More holistic care would benefit eclamptic women and their newborns. PMID: 27751684 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 14, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Mukwenda AM, Mbekenga CK, Pembe AB, Olsson P Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Perinatal issues for women with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.
CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that women with ASD may face particular challenges during pregnancy, birthing and early mothering. These challenges evolve from perceptions of the woman about her midwives and other caregivers. If a woman perceives that her midwife is judgemental about her, then she may withdraw from the care and support she and her baby need. PMID: 27751685 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 14, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Rogers C, Lepherd L, Ganguly R, Jacob-Rogers S Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Elements of cultural competence in an Australian Aboriginal maternity program.
CONCLUSION: Many elements of the Aboriginal Maternity Group Practice Program contributed to the provision of a culturally competent service. These features could be considered for inclusion in antenatal care models under development in other regions with culturally diverse populations. PMID: 27720187 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - October 3, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bertilone CM, McEvoy SP, Gower D, Naylor N, Doyle J, Swift-Otero V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Women's views about the timing of birth.
CONCLUSIONS: Most women understood the EDB is imprecise. The majority of women expressed a preference for timing of birth information in a format other than an EDB. In support of woman-centred care, clinicians should consider discussing other options for estimated timing of birth information with the women in their care. PMID: 27686841 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 26, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Todd AL, Zhang LY, Khambalia AZ, Roberts CL Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Can antenatal classes reduce the rate of cesarean section in southern Italy?
CONCLUSION: Our paper shows moderate efficacy of antenatal classes, which reduced the occurrence of cesarean section by about 10%. However, the cesarean section rate remained high. As it is possible that different classes have a different level of efficacy, a further study on a standardized model of an antenatal classes is in progress, to assess its efficacy in term of cesarean section reduction, with the purpose of its widespread implementation to the whole region. PMID: 27686842 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 26, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Cantone D, Pelullo CP, Cancellieri M, Attena F Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Pregnant women: What do they need to know during pregnancy? A descriptive study.
CONCLUSION: A large proportion of pregnant women in this study reported a high degree of importance of specific learning topics that were closely relevant to their current period of pregnancy. The lack of focusing on issues related to maternal emotional status and possible complications suggests a need for a national strategy to provide antenatal education based on women's perceptions of their needs. PMID: 27666169 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 22, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Almalik MM, Mosleh SM Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A qualitative study of how caseload midwifery is experienced by couples in Denmark.
CONCLUSIONS: From the perspective of women and their partners, attending caseload midwifery meant being recognised and cared for as an individual. The partner felt included and acknowledged and experienced working in a team with the midwife. Caseload midwifery was able to solve problems concerning labour onset or gaining access to the labour ward. PMID: 27665216 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 21, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jepsen I, Mark E, Foureur M, Nøhr EA, Sørensen EE Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Models of midwifery care for Indigenous women and babies: A meta-synthesis.
CONCLUSION: The expansion of midwifery models of care for Indigenous women and babies could be beneficial in order to improve cultural safety, experiences and outcomes in relation to pregnancy and birth. PMID: 27612623 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 6, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Corcoran PM, Catling C, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Knowledge and practices regarding iodine supplementation: A national survey of healthcare providers.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve healthcare providers' knowledge of and adherence to the National Health and Medical Research Council's iodine supplement recommendation. Strategies within antenatal and postnatal services, as well as public health initiatives, are required to improve the knowledge and practices of healthcare providers. PMID: 27599944 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 2, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Guess K, Malek L, Anderson A, Makrides M, Zhou SJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

From hospital to home: Australian midwives' experiences of transitioning into publicly-funded homebirth programs.
CONCLUSION: The transition from hospital to homebirth care required midwives to work to the full scope of their practice. When well supported by colleagues and managers, midwives transitioning into publicly-funded homebirth programs can have a positive experience that allows for a greater understanding of and appreciation for normal birth. PMID: 27594344 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - September 1, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Coddington R, Catling C, Homer CS Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

A researcher's journey: Exploring a sensitive topic with vulnerable women.
CONCLUSION: Although Narrative Inquiry is a suitable choice for researching sensitive topics with vulnerable women specific considerations are still required to ensure the benefits of this research for both participants and researchers. Family and Community Service (FACS) have now replaced the formerly known Department of Community Services (DoCS) and in consideration of the timing of this study this article uses the terminology as DoCS. PMID: 27575362 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 26, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Marsh CA, Browne J, Taylor J, Davis D Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Developing competence and confidence in midwifery-focus groups with Swedish midwives.
CONCLUSIONS: Midwives working within an organisation should be supported to develop their professional role in order to become knowledgeable, competent and confident. PMID: 27562606 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 22, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Bäck L, Hildingsson I, Sjöqvist C, Karlström A Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

An historical document analysis of the introduction of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative into the Australian setting.
CONCLUSIONS: Key stakeholders' decisions negatively impacted on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at a crucial time in its implementation in Australia. The potential impact of the programme was not realised, representing a missed opportunity to establish and provide sustainable standardised breastfeeding support to Australian women and their families. PMID: 27544440 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - August 17, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Atchan M, Davis D, Foureur M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Maternal depressive symptoms at three months postpartum and breastfeeding rates at six months postpartum: Implications for primary care in a prospective cohort study of primiparous women in Australia.
CONCLUSIONS: Women's decisions around infant-feeding are influenced by a range of psycho-social factors, and early postnatal depressive symptoms appear to be a significant part of this picture, as either a cause or consequence of decisions to cease breastfeeding. PMID: 27450375 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 19, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Woolhouse H, James J, Gartland D, McDonald E, Brown SJ Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

The effect of acupressure on the initiation of labor: A randomized controlled trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Induction of labor is a common obstetric procedure. Acupressure is a natural method that is used for inducing uterine contractions. Nevertheless, few studies have examined the impact of acupressure on the induction of labor. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of acupressure on the initiation of labor. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this randomized clinical trial, 162 nulliparous pregnant women were admitted to the hospital. They were categorized into 3 groups; acupressure, sham acupressure and control. Acupressure points SP6, BL 60 and BL 32 were pressured bilaterally. T...
Source: Women Birth - July 18, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Torkzahrani S, Mahmoudikohani F, Saatchi K, Sefidkar R, Banaei M Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Blurring reality with fiction: Exploring the stories of women, madness, and infanticide.
CONCLUSION: Literary texts can shed light on socio-psychological struggles women experience and can be used to stimulate discussion by healthcare professionals about the development of preventative or early intervention strategies to identify women at risk. PMID: 27444643 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 18, 2016 Category: Midwifery Authors: Jefferies D, Horsfall D, Schmied V Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research