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The spring issue of our quarterly journal presents a variety of compelling evidence-based articles covering the antenatal to postpartum period and is a great introduction to the journal for new subscribers. We take a quick peek at a few of the hot topics covered in this next issue.
‘The greatest feeling you get, knowing you have made a big difference’: survey findings on the motivation and experiences of trained volunteer doulas in England
by Helen Spiby, Jenny Mcleish, Josephine Green, Zoe Darwin
Support from a doula is known to have physical and emotional benefits for mothers, but there is little evidence about the experiences of volunteer doulas. This research aimed to understand the motivation and experiences of volunteer doulas who have been trained to support women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
Does a low-risk setting in the intrapartum period increase VBAC success rate?
A literature review by Kate Waterman
There is an increasing number of caesarean sections (CSs) being performed each year in the UK and, globally, previous CSs are the largest contributing factor to increasing overall rates of CS. Repeat CSs are not cost effective and increase the risk of maternal morbidity, and so highlight the need to promote and enable successful vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) for suitable women. As low-risk birth settings (LRS) encourage normality in labour, this literature review explores the outcomes of VBAC in such settings.
The development of an online resource on ‘professionalism’ for student midwives and student nurses
by Fern Todhunter, Gerri Nevin, Simon Riley et al
This paper describes the development of a digital resource, a re-usable leaning object (RLO) for the Code of professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2015). The discussion and resource shows the value of using peer-led learning to influence students’ understanding of the behaviours and language of professional practice.
Neonatal resuscitation for midwives
by Libby Baraz, Jessica Case-Stevens
Approximately 10% of infants require some assistance to establish regular respirations at birth, while less than 1% need extensive resuscitative measures (Wyllie et al 2015). This article discusses the initial assessment of the newborn at birth and explores some of the latest guidance around the subject of neonatal resuscitation for midwives.
Other articles in this issue include:
• Hot Topic: Women changing maternity services. A look at service user involvement in the UK by Mary Newburn
• Research & Education: Satisfaction for treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum in day case settings compared to hospital admissions by Caitlin Dean, Johnathon Marsden
• Midwifery: Constructions of risk and the maternal body: implications for midwifery practice
by Kate Austin
• Pregnancy: Congenital cytomegalovirus infection, knowledge and attitudes among maternal health professionals and pregnant women by Sharon Wood
• Labour & Birth: ‘That was intense!’ Spirituality during childbirth: a mixed-method comparative study of mothers’ and fathers’ experiences in a public hospital by Marie-Noelle Belanger-Levesque, Marc Dumas, Simon Blouin et al
• Postnatal: ‘Halfway towards recovery’: rehabilitating the relational self in narratives of postnatal depression by Meredith Stone, Renata Kokanovic
• Worldwide Maternity Services: Historical influences on utilising upright positions for birth in Africa by Eunice Nyasiri Atsali, Grace Edwards.
All the above articles appear in the March 2017 issue of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and are available to access through one of our annual subscription packages.
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