Avid followers of our popular Search Packs may have noticed that the once-a-month flow of new Packs has dried up of late. Our Search Packs – which are basically pre-prepared collections of references on a particular topic – have been a mainstay of our service for as long as anyone in our information department can remember (probably since the late 80s!).
They’ve been around for so long, in fact, that we currently have a rather rotund collection of more than 500 of them sat in our Reference Database waiting to help with your research or studies. As a result, we’ve decided to hold off on producing new Packs for the time being.
Have no fear, though, the entire midwifery landscape is covered in those 500+Search Packs. Here are a few of our more popular ones.
‘Water Birth’: At the time of writing there were 455 references to water birth articles in this Pack; the earliest from 1988, and the most recent (again, at the time of writing) was an article by a birth pool specialist advising childbirth professionals on what to consider when buying and installing pools. This Pack is not to be confused with our other H20-based Search Pack: ‘Water as pain relief’.
‘Supervision of midwives’: Obviously a big issue among student midwives particularly, this Pack has been around since the early 90s and currently has the details of more than 350 articles within it. The most recent abstract added to this Pack was from our very own Essentially MIDIRS, in which the authors describe their experiences of midwifery supervision in the UK.
‘Third stage management’: Another hugely popular Pack, this one deals specifically with the business end of labour – and includes abstracts on natural and pharmacological management. Recent article abstracts come from such luminaries as BJM, Midwifery, Midwifery Today and The Lancet. A recent Essentially MIDIRS article in this Pack explores the education student midwives receive on the third stage, the rhetoric of informed choice, and the importance of the birth environment.
However, not all of our Search Packs have proven to be such big hits among the midwifery community. The intriguingly named ‘Effect of Natural disasters on maternal and infant health’ has never been one of our more popular Packs. Believe it or not, though, there have been more than 150 articles published on the topic since we first created this Pack back in the early 90s. It covers the effects of famine, flood, drought, earthquakes and other humanitarian crises. So if you’re looking for an original topic for your next essay, this definitely fits the bill.
In fact, whatever your area of interest, our Search Packs can help make your research so much easier to carry out. If literature searching isn’t your cup of tea, or you simply don’t have the time, then check out the Search Pack section of our website (or log-on to the Reference Database if you’re a subscriber) and let us help take the searching strain.
Subscribers to our Reference Database can view and print Search Packs absolutely free of charge. If you are not a subscriber to the Database, you can order Search Packs for a cost of £9.95.