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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Discussions between midwives and women around place of birth  


Kerry Barker-Williams

Research Midwife at Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

2017;20(7):27-29

 

 (July 2017)


The research discussed here involves two reviews focusing on discussions which midwives have with women on place of birth; the research considered the discussions which took place from the midwives’ perspective. A systematic review to examine the evidence regarding discussions by midwives, with women, around their options for where to give birth. Henshall C, Taylor B and Kenyon S (2016) BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16: 53
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Midwifery practice during birth: ritual companionship      


Alys Einion

Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University

20(3):29-31

 (March 2017)


The research being discussed here is a qualitative study focusing on perhaps the most fundamental dimension and function of midwifery practice: that of the impact of a midwife on a woman’s birth experience. Reed R, Rowe J and Barnes M (2016) Women and Birth, 29(3): 269-278.
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: a systematic review


Alys Einion

Associate Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University

 (December 2016)


The research being discussed here is a systematic review of articles which look at the implementation of mindfulness approaches and whether these can enhance or improve mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy and childbearing; it was evaluated using the critical appraisal skills programme (CASP) (2013) tool for assessing systematic reviews. Hall et al (2016)Women and Birth, 29(1): 62-71
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Being a young midwifery student: a qualitative exploration


Dr Alys Einion

Associate Professor in Midwifery at Swansea University

 (September 2016)


Fenwick J, Cullen D, Gamle J et al (2016) ‘Being a young midwifery student: a qualitative exploration’. Midwifery, 39: 27-34.   For many, entry into midwifery occurs directly or soon after leaving full time education, at the time when they first cross the threshold into adulthood. As it provides insight into the experience of being a student midwife, this article should be of relevance to anyone currently studying midwifery, and also to those who support such students, including mentors and midwifery educators. I chose a qualitative article because it enables us to gain an insight into the lived experience of student midwives from their perspective.
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED ‘Self-hypnosis for intrapartum pain management (SHIP) in pregnant nulliparous women: a randomised controlled trial of clinical effectiveness'  Downe S, Finlayson K, Melvin C et al (2015) Brit Jour Obs Gyn, 122: 1226–1234


Jilly Ireland

Visiting associate at Bournemouth University, community midwife and supervisor of midwives at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and member of the Association of hypnobirthing midwives

 (December 2015)


Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing so we can advance our knowledge and understanding of a research topic and apply it to our practice. The research being discussed here is the SHIP trial (Self-hypnosis for intrapartum pain management): a randomised controlled trial. This is a timely study, given the rise in interest of hypnosis in childbirth. I will discuss the general topic of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its relevance to midwives in terms of professional responsibility before discussing the trial. CAM has been defined as: “diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention which complements mainstream medicine by contributing to a common whole, satisfying a demand not met by orthodoxy, or diversifying the conceptual frameworks of medicine” (Ernst et al 1995: 506).
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis  


Maeve Regan

First year student midwife at University of Central Lancashire, with a background in research, at the time of writing

 (May 2015)


Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Gong H et al (2015) BMC Psychiatry, 15(1): 14 This paper explores the role of yoga in reducing depressive symptoms for pregnant women. The research was appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Framework (CASP) checklist for systematic reviews (2014) and the Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews (Higgins and Green 2008). This paper is published open access in BMC Psychiatry Journal, making the results freely available to anyone interested
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED ‘Midwives’ experiences of establishing partnerships: working with pregnant women who use illicit drugs’  


Chris Smith

Senior lecturer in health and social care at University of Central Lancashire

 (January 2015)


Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing so we can advance our knowledge and understanding of a research topic and apply it to our practice. This process is designed to assess the usefulness of the evidence in terms of decision making and application to practice. The research being discussed here explores the experiences of Australian midwives who choose to work with women who use illicit drugs in pregnancy. This qualitative study will be appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Framework (CASP) (2013) for qualitative studies. Miles M et al (2014). Midwifery, 30(10): 1082–1087
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED ‘Midwives’ experiences of workplace resilience’  


Liz Blamire

Midwife at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and union learning representative at Huntingdon RCM branch

 (November 2014)


Hunter B and Warren L (2014). Midwifery, 30(8): 926-934 The research being discussed here explores resilience amongst midwives. This qualitative study will be appraised using a methodical but flexible approach, incorporating principles from a variety of approaches to critiquing qualitative research.
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED Continuity of care: what matters to women when they are referred from primary to secondary care during labour? A qualitative interview study in the Netherlands Ank de Jonge, Rosan Stuijt, Iva Eijke, and Marjan J Westerman (2014). BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14: 103


Dr Jenny Hall

Midwifery and education consultant in Bristol

 (June 2014)


Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. Contemporary midwifery care seeks to implement evidence-based practice. Whilst evidence is drawn from a diverse range of sources, it is generally accepted that research findings be methodologically rigorous for guiding evidence-based practice. Therefore it is now essential for students and midwives to regularly apply critical appraisal skills to review and interpret research studies. These skills assist practitioners in identifying different study designs, evaluating the methodology for strengths and weaknesses, understanding how to choose a statistical test to analyse data, interpreting the results of any study and calculating clinically useful statistics from the findings. Overall, practitioners are able to decide whether to change clinical practice based on the results of individual studies.
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RESEARCH UNWRAPPED ‘Promoting positive postpartum mental health through exercise in ethnically diverse priority groups’    


Dr Angela Cotton

Lecturer in nursing at the University of Salford. She is a mental health nurse with a particular interest in diversity, inequalities and women’s mental health issues

 (April 2014)


Row MA, Nevill AM , Bellingham-Young D et al (2013). Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10(3): 185–195 The research being discussed here explores the promotion of positive mental health through exercise for ethnically diverse priority groups. This qualitative study will be appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Framework (CASP) (2013) for qualitative studies.
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