Midwifery

Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Nursing

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore qualitative literature to ascertain whether and how nurses and midwives perceive that mindfulness impacts on their practice, particularly their interactions with patients. BACKGROUND: Stress and burnout, which negatively impact patient care, are widely reported among nurses and midwives, who face unique stressors as professionals who often hold little organisational power, but are expected to shoulder the burden of resource cuts and an increasingly complex workload.

Author(s): 
Hunter, Louise
Publication Title: 
Australian Health Review: A Publication of the Australian Hospital Association

This paper presents a case study on an innovative Midwifery Refresher Program in the context of current midwifery workforce issues. The refresher program was developed specifically as a recruitment strategy to address a staffing crisis at the Mater Misericordiae Mothers' Hospital, a busy tertiary maternity hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Features of the program that contributed to its success include collaboration with an industry partner, high levels of clinical support for participants, flexibility for women with family responsibilities and low financial costs for all stakeholders.

Author(s): 
Flowers, Karen
Carter, Amanda
Publication Title: 
Family & Community Health

Access to health care has been a factor for patients living in isolated mountain regions. The Frontier Nursing service was a pioneer in reaching those patients living in the most remote regions of Appalachia. Geography, demographics, and culture present obstacles for rural residents and health care providers. This article identifies and describes the roles nurses and nurse practitioners played in caring for Appalachian families through a roving Health Wagon in the 1980s and 1990s in Southwest Virginia.

Author(s): 
Snyder, Audrey
Thatcher, Esther
Publication Title: 
Journal of Advanced Nursing

AIM: This paper is a report of a descriptive study of midwives' lived experiences of caring for lesbian women and their partners. BACKGROUND: A growing body of qualitative studies describes lesbian women's experiences of maternity care. Studies about midwives' caring experiences in the encounter are needed to improve care for lesbian women and their partners. METHOD: A qualitative study, using a phenomenological-hermeneutical method influenced by Ricoeur was conducted. Eleven midwives were recruited by snowball method.

Author(s): 
Spidsberg, Bente Dahl
S¯rlie, Venke
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift Fur Geburtshilfe Und Neonatologie

BACKGROUND: Berlin offers a variety of delivery facilities: maternity clinics, birth centres, obstetrical practices and ambulant working midwives for the various options and kinds of delivery. To select an individual service is a difficult task for most women. In this process of decision-making the gynaecologist plays an important part. This raised the question as to how established gynaecologists appraise the available services, which delivery sites they recommend, and what criteria are decisive for their recommendation.

Author(s): 
Hintze, B.
Bergmann, R. L.
Schoppa, A.
Bergmann, K. E.
Dudenhausen, J. W.
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift Fur Geburtshilfe Und Neonatologie

BACKGROUND: Berlin offers a variety of delivery facilities: maternity clinics, birth centres, obstetrical practices and ambulant working midwives for the various options and kinds of delivery. To select an individual service is a difficult task for most women. In this process of decision-making the gynaecologist plays an important part. This raised the question as to how established gynaecologists appraise the available services, which delivery sites they recommend, and what criteria are decisive for their recommendation.

Author(s): 
Hintze, B.
Bergmann, R. L.
Schoppa, A.
Bergmann, K. E.
Dudenhausen, J. W.
Publication Title: 
Midwifery

BACKGROUND: midwifery relationships, especially ones developed over time, are viewed and valued as practical and political health interventions that increase the likelihood of good health for women and infants and assist with health challenges. Thus the continuity relationships with women required for each Bachelor of Midwifery student are used, not only to expand students' learning but also, in a fragmented maternity care system, to provide opportunities for women to experience the care of a known person through their pregnancy, labour and early parenting time.

Author(s): 
Browne, Jenny
Taylor, Jan
Publication Title: 
Australian Health Review: A Publication of the Australian Hospital Association

This case study describes the New South Wales Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO) Models of Care Project, a project designed to identify, encourage and disseminate innovations in nursing care organisation and delivery. The project is a 4-year action research project, using a range of interactive engagements including workshops, seminars, questionnaires and websites to achieve the goals.

Author(s): 
Chiarella, E. Mary
Publication Title: 
Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives

BACKGROUND: Research indicates that midwives and their practice are influenced by space and place and that midwives practice differently in different places. It is possible that one mechanism through which space and place influence midwifery practice is via neurobiological responses such as the production and release of oxytocin, which can be triggered by experiences and perceptions of the physical environment. AIM: To articulate the significance of space and place to midwifery and explore the relationship between the birth environment, neurobiology and midwifery practice.

Author(s): 
Hammond, Athena
Foureur, Maralyn
Homer, Caroline S. E.
Davis, Deborah
Publication Title: 
Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society

In this study career and birthing practices of Mississippi granny midwives who held permits and practiced in the early 1980's are reported. Leininger's (1978, 1985) mini ethnonursing method was used as the primary research approach.

Author(s): 
Reeb, R. M.

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