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Appraising Research into Childbirth

An Interactive Workbook

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Concentrating specifically on research into midwifery and related disciplines, this book appraises eight previously published research articles that present both qualitative and quantitative research studies. Each of the various elements is analysed - from the methodology through to the interpretation of the results. Each article is annotated with notes and questions, thereby enabling the reader to actively participate in the appraisal.


Published: March 2006

Imprint: Books For Midwives

ISBN: 978-0-7234-3561-7


  • Introduction

    SECTION ONE: A Few Tools, Tips and Checklists

    SECTION TWO: Women, Midwives and Information
    Chapter One Sara Wickham
    O'Cathian, A, Walters, SJ, Nicholl JP, Kirkham M (2002) Use of evidence based leaflets to promote informed choice in maternity care: randomised controlled trial in everyday practice. British Medical Journal 324: 643
    Chapter Two Nadine Edwards
    Stapleton, H, Kirkham, M, Thomas G (2002) Qualitative study of evidence based leaflets in maternity care. British Medical Journal 324: 639

    SECTION THREE: Childbirth Choices
    Chapter Three Tricia Anderson
    Hundley V, Rennie A-M, Fitzmaurice A et al (2000) A national survey of women’s views of their maternity care in Scotland. Midwifery, Vol 16, Issue 4, pp 303-313
    Chapter Four Mary Stewart
    Madi BC and Crow R (2003) A qualitative study of information about available options for childbirth venue and pregnant women’s preference for place of delivery. Midwifery, Vol 19, Issue 4, pp 328-336

    SECTION FOUR: Childbirth Interventions
    Chapter Five Julie Frohlich
    Olsen, SF and Secher, NJ. (2002) Low consumption of seafood in early pregnancy as a risk factor for preterm delivery: prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal 324: 447-450
    Chapter Six Ishvar Sheran and Sara Wickham
    Smith C, Crowther C and Belby J (2002) Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomised controlled trial. BIRTH, Vol 29, No 1

    SECTION FIVE: Women’s Experiences
    Chapter Seven Ruth Deery
    Berg, M., Lundgren, I., & Hermansson, E. (1996) Women's experience of the encounter with the midwife during childbirth Midwifery, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 11-15
    Chapter Eight Tricia Anderson
    Machin D and Scamell M (1997) The experience of labour using ethnography to explore the irresistible nature of the bio-medical metaphor during labour. Midwifery Vol 13, Issue X, pp 78-84

    SECTION SIX: Resources


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