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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UK Government guideline Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning

UK Government guideline Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University Guideline commentary aims to help readers make sense of published guidelines by offering a detailed appraisal of a guideline or a specific section of a guideline, in a careful and considered manner. In doing so, we can advance our […]

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Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection

Undergraduate experience of selection group interviews; a qualitative research study subjected to pedagogical reflection Jo Lironi – Midwifery Lecturer and Masters Research student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen This study explores stage 1 nursing students’ experiences of group interviews as part of the selection process to inform the future of midwifery selection practice. Using hermeneutic phenomenology to interview […]

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Traumatic birth and paternal mental health problems; a systematic literature review

Traumatic birth and paternal mental health problems; a systematic literature review Leigh Sweeney- Staff Midwife at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service in Belfast Introduction and background  Traumatic birth is a complicated concept. It is a term used to describe experiences of and negative psychological responses to childbirth. There is controversy in the literature over what constitutes birth […]

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Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England

Avoiding induction of labour for prolonged pregnancy; the evidence base for midwives’ advice to women in the north west of England Katrina Rigby – Senior Research Midwife and Reproductive Health, Childbirth and Children’s Research Team Leader at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Soo Downe – Professor of Midwifery at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Current national guidelines […]

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The ARRIVE Trial has finally arrived – a midwife’s summary

By Professor Hannah Dahlen Well everyone the ARRIVE trial has finally arrived. This was the elective induction of labour trial at 39 weeks. A total of 3062 women were assigned to labor induction, and 3044 were assigned to expectant management. The primary outcome of perinatal morbidity for the baby occurred in 4.3% of neonates in […]

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‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it

‘You are only in early labour, you are not in active labour yet’: midwives’ language and behaviour and the meaning women make of it Sara E Borrelli – Assistant Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Denis Walsh – Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham Helen Spiby – Professor in Midwifery at the University of […]

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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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One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined

One Born Every Minute – professional assertions and women’s responses – evidence examined Alys Einion – Associate Professor of Midwifery and Reproductive Health at Swansea University Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing […]

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A campaign re-born: physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping

A campaign re-born Physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping Hannah Tizard – Midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Midwifery Media Consultant at All4Maternity and The Practising Midwife This blog post provides an update about the progress and validity of the #BloodtoBaby campaign.  Progress is evolutionary and whilst continuing to […]

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