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Humanitarian Migrant Women's Experiences of Maternity Care in Nordic Countries: A Systematic Integrative Review of Qualitative Research

Organising and developing humanitarian migrants’ sufficient maternity care requires continuous recognition of the potential obstacles and delays for care, both those monitorable in numbers, as well as the experienced ones. (Pangas et al. 2019) This paper reviews and synthesises experiences on maternity care in the Nordic countries from the viewpoint of humanitarian migrant women. Humanitarian migrant, in this paper, refers to women whose main reason for international migration is a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion” as defined in the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and 1967 (UNHCR 2010, 3).

Corrigendum to `Maternal Confidence for Physiologic Birth: Associated Prenatal Characteristics and Outcomes' [Midwifery 77 (2019) 110-116]

The authors regret that Olga V. Gurvich, M A., Statistician, was inadvertently omitted as a contributing author. The authors would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Implementing the Liberalized Abortion Law in Kigali, Rwanda: Ambiguities of Rights and Responsibilities Among Health Care Providers

Rwanda amended its abortions law in 2012 to allow for induced abortion under certain circumstances. We explore how Rwandan health care providers (HCP) understand the law and implement it in their clinical practice.

First-time mothers’ experiences of preparing for childbirth at advanced maternal age

To explore the lived experiences of preparing for childbirth for nulliparous women aged 35–44 and determine how mature first-time mothers’ can be better supported regarding childbirth preparation.


The study aimed to determine the maternal and newborn outcomes of Community Midwives’ (CMWs’) services in Pakistan as recorded in the provincial Management Information System (MIS) of the government's Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program of Sindh province.

Women's successful transition to motherhood during the early postnatal period: A qualitative systematic review of postnatal and midwifery home care literature.

Early research on motherhood focused on process of maternal role attainment in which the woman undergoes several steps in order to achieve competence and feel comfortable with her identity as a mother (Mercer, 1981, 1985). These steps include anticipation, being guided by others, self-acceptance as a mother and finally acceptance as a mother by others (Mercer, 1981, 1985, 1990; Mercer and Ferketich, 1994). Recent literature has taken a broader approach and defined motherhood is the time in a woman's life when she becomes a mother and in doing so, cares for the child's physical, psychosocial and emotional needs (Uriko, 2019; Fryer and Weaver, 2014; Shaw et al., 2006).

Minority stress adds an additional layer to fear of childbirth in lesbian and bisexual women, and transgender people

: To explore and describe thoughts about and experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and reproductive healthcare in lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people (LBT) with an expressed fear of childbirth (FOC).

Midwives are getting hurt: UK survey of the prevalence and risk factors for developing musculoskeletal symptoms

To investigate the prevalence, severity and impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and to explore individual, work-related and psychosocial risk factors

The Experiences of Midwives in Integrated Maternity Care: A Qualitative Metasynthesis

The shift to hospital-based childbirth from home-based childbirth indelibly altered the landscape of maternity care in the twentieth century (De Vries et al. 2001). That shift brought increased institutional control over childbirth and displaced birth as a physiologic event by relocating birth in the medical domain. Now, hospital-based, integrated maternity practices, in which midwives and obstetricians work together to manage women in childbirth, have increasingly become a solution for quality, safe, and efficient health care (Angelini et al.

Couples’ prenatal bonding to the fetus and the association with one's own and partner's emotional well-being and adult romantic attachment style

Developing an emotional bond to the fetus is a highly relevant task for both parents. However, research on the influence of emotional well-being and relationship dynamics on parental-fetal bonding is limited, especially regarding the paternal experience. Additionally, the roles of prenatal anxiety and hostility in parental bonding need further investigation. The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of one's own anxiety and hostility, adult romantic attachment style and one's partner's anxiety and hostility for parental-fetal bonding quality and intensity.

Planning, implementation and evaluation of antenatal weight management programmes: What are the key components? A mixed methods study

To provide an understanding of the influential components required for the planning, delivery and evaluation of antenatal weight management programmes for women who are overweight or obese.

Psychometric properties of the Slovak version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS) and Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

This study is focused on assessing psychometric properties of the Slovak version of the 30-item Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS) and revised 10-item BSS-R.

Women's experiences of waterbirth compared with conventional uncomplicated births

Giving birth is a life event and the birth experience may impact the woman's wellbeing both in the short- and long term (Larkin et al., 2009), as well as her relationship with the baby and confidence as a mother (Brown and Jordan, 2013, Bell et al., 2018). Involvement in decision-making, experience of control and a feeling of confidence have been proved in several studies to be important factors associated with a positive birth experience (Larkin et al., 2009, Goodman et al., 2004), and lack of the same have been associated with a negative birth experience (Waldenstrom et al., 2004, Soet et al., 2003).

Maternal request for caesarean birth without medical indication in a group of healthy women: A qualitative study in Jordan

To explore women's reasons for requesting an elective caesarean birth without medical indication and to describe the factors that affect their decision to choose a caesarean birth.

Modifiable risk factors for stillbirth: a literature review

The loss of an unborn child is one of the most devastating life events that parents can face during their lifetime. Having a stillborn baby in a family has a wide range of consequences that can affect the parents, the rest of the family, and even the healthcare professionals involved.

What's wrong with using the F word? A systematic integrative review of how the fetus is talked about in situations of fetal demise or high risk of fetal loss

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I use it to mean—neither more nor less.’ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1871

First-time mothers’ satisfaction with their birth experience – A cross-sectional study

Giving birth is one of the most important events in a woman's life and is a highly individual experience (Wilde-Larsson et al., 2010). A woman´s satisfaction with her birth experience is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon (Carquillat et al., 2016; Henriksen et al., 2017; Nystedt and Hildingsson, 2017). In addition, birth experience may have short and long-term effects on the woman´s physical and psychological health and the relationship with her new-born (Waldenström et al., 2004; Bossano et al., 2017; Nilvér et al., 2017).