Original Research: Effect Of Husband Participation On Mental Health During Antenatal Care – A Randomised Clinical Trial

ORIGINAL RESEARCH Effect of husband participation on mental health during antenatal care: a randomised clinical trial This study evaluated the effect of husband participation on pregnant women’s mental health during 2014. A randomised clinical trial was adopted. By randomised sampling, the data of 66 participants were collected among women who regularly attended health centres for […]

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The road to life: neonatal transitions to extra-uterine life

The road to life: neonatal transitions to extra-uterine life The onset of labour and birth initiates profound changes for infants. It is essential to understand these unique aspects of childbirth; doing so will equip midwives with the ability to detect deviations from expected trajectories, take appropriate actions, but most importantly support normal birth transitions. These […]

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The impact of skin-to-skin contact at birth on breastfeeding

The impact of skin-to-skin contact at birth on breastfeeding DESCRIPTION I accompanied Anne (who was the midwife on call) to the home birth of Louise, as I had played an active role in much of her antenatal care. On arrival, Louise appeared to be in active labour and was coping well with her contractions and […]

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Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit

Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit Lactational mastitis has an incidence of around 10 per cent in postpartum women, with breast abscess complicating some of these. The key principles of treatment include: supportive counselling, warm or cold compresses, effective milk removal, oral antibiotic therapy and symptomatic treatment. Patients can be […]

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Obstetric anal sphincter injuries and the role of the midwife

Obstetric anal sphincter injuries and the role of the midwife Obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS) can have a very negative impact on women’s health and quality of life. Literature exists concerning the role of the surgeon and physiotherapist after OASIS, but there is a dearth of literature pertaining to the role of the midwife in […]

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Advancing Practice: Safeguarding children

ADVANCING PRACTICE Safeguarding children Safeguarding children is arguably one of the most challenging areas of the midwife’s role. At a time when there is a national midwifery shortage and a rising birth rate, resources are stretched more than ever (Dabrowski 2016). Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility (Department for Education (DfE) 2015), but has become a much […]

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Twins, postnatal depression and me

Twins, postnatal depression and me I am a mother to four-year-old twin girls. Life since their birth has not been easy and postnatal depression has blighted our relationship. So, too, has it affected the relationship I have with friends, family, my husband, myself. My reasons for becoming a student midwife were numerous, but my experiences […]

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Reflecting on care using a patchwork text framework: my role in Amandeep’s transition to parenting

Reflecting on care using a patchwork text framework: my role in Amandeep’s transition to parenting A disheartening episode of care on a postnatal placement provided me with the impetus to develop this reflection in order to examine my own clinical practice and professional development. It began as part of Supporting transitions to parenting, an undergraduate […]

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Articles - Basics

Contraception: a guide for midwives

MIDWIFERY BASICS Postnatal Care Contraception: a guide for midwives Women will generally spend more of their reproductive lifetime preventing pregnancy than experiencing it. The choice of contraceptive methods can be confusing for women, each one having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For new mothers, a method of contraception is important if a reasonable […]

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Articles - Advancing Practice

Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment: a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1

ADVANCING PRACTICE Postnatal Care Concealed pregnancy and newborn abandonment:a contemporary 21st century issue – Part 1 This two-part series explores the phenomenon of concealed pregnancy and the association with newborn abandonment, with reference to recent cases of public interest. In Part 1 we focus on defining concealed pregnancy as a complex process which involves hiding […]

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