Maternal Journal – Creative journaling

Maternal Journal – how creative journaling can support pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mild to moderate mental health problems Journaling: ‘a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use’ (Merriam-Webster, 2018) Introduction There is growing recognition of the serious nature of maternal mental health problems during childbirth – […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing

Mindfulness: an intervention to promote maternal and infant wellbeing Small pilot studies exploring pregnancy and mindfulness suggest this intervention is associated with lower levels of psychological distress, including less anxiety and depression (Duncan et al 2017). In non-pregnant populations there is a growing body of research demonstrating the positive effects of mindfulness on physiology, emotional […]

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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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Articles - Advancing Practice

Reducing the risks of obesity

ADVANCING PRACTICE Public Health Reducing the risks of obesity Obesity is an increasing health problem among childbearing women. Worldwide rates of obesity have more than doubled in the past 35 years and over 1.9 billion adults in Britain are now considered overweight (World Health Organization [WHO] 2016). Costs associated with obesity are projected to reach […]

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Editorial: Between Lines And Labels

EDITORIAL Between lines and labels “I’m with the diabetic woman in room 2, can you check the twin lady in room 4?” How often do you refer to the childbearing women in your care in relation to their obstetric or medical status? Throughout health service systems we have come to label the people we care […]

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Launch of toolkit to support midwives measure their impact on the public’s health

Launch of toolkit to support midwives measure their impact on the public’s health Public health bodies launch toolkit to help healthcare professionals measure the impact of interventions on public health, but RCM says lack of resources means midwives are trying to fulfil this role with ‘one hand tied behind their back’. Public Health England (PHE) […]

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Specialist clinics can reduce pregnancy risks for obese women

Specialist clinics can reduce pregnancy risks for obese women Research published by the University of Edinburgh says that specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese pregnant women help cut rates of pregnancy complications, and that women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth. Research published by the University of Edinburgh says that […]

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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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The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond

The minute one is born – who sees it? The impact of reality birth shows in Britain and beyond TV viewing hours are at an all-time high in the UK, with childbirth-based programmes some of the most popular. Women’s viewing choices could be influencing their expectations around childbirth – maybe even informing their decisions. This […]

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