Nurse Midwives

Publication Title: 
Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi

PURPOSE: To examine the effect of Taegyo-focused prenatal classes on maternal-fetal attachment and self-efficacy related to childbirth. METHODS: Over 4 weeks, 49 women, 20 to 36 weeks of gestation participated in a prenatal program led by the nurse who developed it. In addition to Lamaze content it included; understanding ability of fetus to respond, sharing motivation, purpose of pregnancy, and preconceptions of experiencing childbirth, training in maternal-fetal interaction, writing letters and making a declaration of love to unborn baby.

Author(s): 
Chang, SoonBok
Park, Somi
Chung, ChaeWeon
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing

BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCE: Women's perceptions of childbirth are defined within sociocultural context. Listening to the voices of women is essential to increase nurses' sensitivity to the needs of childbearing women and help nurses provide culturally competent healthcare. PURPOSE: The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to identify Australian women's perceptions of giving birth. METHOD: Seventeen Australian women who had given birth in the past 12 months participated in audiotaped interviews. Trustworthiness of the findings was ensured.

Author(s): 
Callister, Lynn Clark
Holt, Shelley Thacker
Kuhre, Melody West
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: 
Nursing Outlook

The primary health care model targets social, political, and economic environments as key determinants of health for populations, as well as for individuals. If nursing in Uganda is to make a difference in health care outcomes and in the health of all Ugandans, nurses must look broadly at situations and be educated to practice primary health care nursing. After 14 years of civil war, Uganda is finally experiencing a period of reconstruction and rehabilitation: the whole infrastructure is undergoing a face-lift.

Author(s): 
Andrews, C. M.
Publication Title: 
Modern Midwife
Author(s): 
Jones, P.
Publication Title: 
Modern Midwife

Midwives cannot ignore the growing interest from clients who wish to use complementary therapies. However, midwives have a duty to ensure that their clients are aware of the advantages and the dangers of particular therapies. Co-operation with complementary therapists is to be encouraged, but the midwife must never delegate responsibility for her client. Managers should arrange for midwives to receive training in particularly complementary therapies, so that midwives may widen the scope of their professional practice.

Author(s): 
Dimond, B.
Publication Title: 
Modern Midwife

Midwives cannot ignore the growing interest from clients who wish to use complementary therapies. However, midwives have a duty to ensure that their clients are aware of the advantages and the dangers of particular therapies. Co-operation with complementary therapists is to be encouraged, but the midwife must never delegate responsibility for her client. Managers should arrange for midwives to receive training in particularly complementary therapies, so that midwives may widen the scope of their professional practice.

Author(s): 
Dimond, B.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

This paper examines the potential dangers for pregnant, labouring, and newly delivered women of using essential oils without adequate knowledge of the actions of the chemical constituents of the oils. Although the discussion focuses specifically on the use of essential oils by midwives, the principles could equally apply to other health professionals.

Author(s): 
Tiran, D.
Publication Title: 
Obstetrics and Gynecology

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and types of complementary and alternative medicine therapies used by certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina. METHODS: Surveys were sent to all 120 licensed certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina requesting information concerning their recommendations for use of complementary and alternative medicine for their pregnant or postpartum patients. RESULTS: Eighty-two responses were received (68.3%). Seventy-seven (93.9%) reported recommending complementary and alternative medicine to their pregnant patients in the past year.

Author(s): 
Allaire, A. D.
Moos, M. K.
Wells, S. R.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Antenatal anxiety has been linked to maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis changes which can affect fetal development and may have lasting effects on the child's psychological development. Treatments for anxiety have hitherto focused on psychotherapy techniques or antidepressant drugs but these do not always effect long term improvement. Aromatherapy and massage have successfully been used to produce significantly greater improvement in reduction of anxiety.

Author(s): 
Bastard, Janet
Tiran, Denise

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