The benefits of yoga during pregnancy: a literature review

The benefits of yoga during pregnancy: a literature review Caoimhe McClafferty – Staff Midwife at Portiuncla Hospital in Galway Sunita Panda – PhD Student and Health Research Board Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019 Yoga has become a popular form of complementary alternative medicine, and is often advocated […]

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Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Cochrane Corner; relaxation techniques for pain management in labour Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University This article is part of a series that aims to highlight Cochrane Systematic Reviews of relevance to pregnancy and childbirth and to stimulate discussion on the relevance and implications of the review for practice. […]

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Navigating Spaces:


Fetal Navigation Techniques “I turned my OP baby and regulated my own contractions in an hour, directly avoiding induction and possibly other interventions. This was my second labour, which from this point on flowed smoothly to a physiological birth in just a few hours. My first baby had also started labour in a less than […]

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Empower: Empowering Mothers, Providing Options With Education And Relaxation

EMPOWER: Empowering mothers, providing options with education and relaxation Most women within their lifetime will experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Despite this almost universal experience, the process is far from uniform. Throughout the childbirth continuum, expectations and experiences of women are diverse and ever-changing (van Teijlingen et al 2017). This article explores an innovative idea, […]

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Thinking Outside The Box: The Evidence For Rebozos – Part 2

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX The evidence for rebozos: Part 2 This is the second part of a two-part article in which Sara discusses the use and history of the rebozo, a colourful shawl traditionally worn by Mexican women, which is increasingly used as a tool by midwives, and considers whether there is evidence to support […]

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Thinking Outside The Box: What’s the evidence for rebozos? Part 1

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX What’s the evidence for rebozos? Part 1 This month, in the first part of a two-part article, Sara discusses the use and history of the rebozo, a colourful shawl traditionally worn by Mexican women, which is increasingly used as a tool by midwives, and considers whether there is evidence to support […]

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Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour

Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in maternity care has risen over the past two decades. An increasing number of women seek non-pharmacological pain management during labour and birth. The use of hydrotherapy – or water immersion – during labour offers women a naturalistic approach to […]

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Hypnosis and hypnobirthing for labour – a critical selective narrative review

Hypnosis and hypnobirthing for labour – a critical selective narrative review The provision of woman-centred care is at the heart of midwifery practice, and there appear to be increasing numbers of women choosing alternative forms of support for their childbearing journey. Women are often fearful of the experience of labour and birth, and in particular […]

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Taking the plunge: the benefits of aquanatal exercise

Taking the plunge: the benefits of aquanatal exercise In this article, Anita Johnson carried out an interview with Cathy Charles, a midwife and aquanatal teacher in Wiltshire, to explore the benefits of aquanatal exercise in pregnancy and the postnatal period; this is particularly pertinent at a time when there is a focus on mental wellbeing […]

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Use of complementary therapies for low risk post dates pregnancy: a national survey

Use of complementary therapies for low risk post dates pregnancy: a national survey Use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is increasing throughout pregnancy, including post-dates women, with the aim of reducing medicalisation; however, the clinical effectiveness of CAM is not proven. The aim of this study (Pathak and Pauley 2015) was to investigate the […]

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