Women and Birth
Journal of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
Women and Birth publishes on all matters that affect women and birth, from pre-conceptual counselling, through pregnancy, birth, and the first six weeks postnatal. All papers accepted will draw from and contribute to the relevant contemporary research, policy and/or theoretical literature. We seek research papers, quality assurances papers (with ethical approval) discussion papers, clinical practice papers, case studies and original literature reviews.
Our women-centred focus is inclusive of the foetus and the newborn, both well and ill, and covers both normal and abnormal pregnancies and births. The journal seeks papers on midwifery practice, theory, research, education and leadership. Topics may include where appropriate neonatal nursing, child and family health nursing, women's health and lactation consultancy. Papers from academics and health professionals from fields outside of midwifery are encouraged. We seek papers on reproductive physiology and neurophysiology where the links to the childbearing woman and her baby are made explicit. We also seek relevant papers on natural and complementary therapies, local, national and international policy, management, politics, economics, societal and cultural issues as they affect childbearing women and their families.
Articles are double-blind peer-reviewed by experts in the field of the submitted work. The journal is indexed in PubMed, Index medicus (Medline), SCOPUS, and CINAHL.
Editor-in-Chief: Professor Kathleen Fahy, Ph.D., FACM
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23 Meedya, S. | Fahy, K. | Kable, A. Factors that positively influence breastfeeding duration to 6 months: A literature review Women and Birth, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2010-12-01, Pages 135-145 20 Schumacher, M. | Zubaran, C. | White, G. Bringing birth-related paternal depression to the fore Women and Birth, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2008-06-01, Pages 65-70 18 Ebert, L.M. | Fahy, K. Why do women continue to smoke in pregnancy? Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 4, 2007-12-01, Pages 161-168 17 Fenwick, J. | Barclay, L. | Schmied, V. Craving closeness: A grounded theory analysis of women's experiences of mothering in the Special Care Nursery Women and Birth, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2008-06-01, Pages 71-85 17 Hildingsson, I.M. New parents' experiences of postnatal care in Sweden Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 3, 2007-09-01, Pages 105-113 15 Tracy, S.K. | Sullivan, E. | Wang, Y.A. | Black, D. | Tracy, M. Birth outcomes associated with interventions in labour amongst low risk women: A population-based study Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2007-06-01, Pages 41-48 11 Hildingsson, I. | Tingvall, M. | Rubertsson, C. Partner support in the childbearing period-A follow up study Women and Birth, Volume 21, Issue 4, 2008-12-01, Pages 141-148 10 Karlström, A. | Engström-Olofsson, R. | Nystedt, A. | Thomas, J. | Hildingsson, I. Swedish caregivers' attitudes towards caesarean section on maternal request Women and Birth, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2009-06-01, Pages 57-63 10 McKenna, L. | Rolls, C. Bachelor of Midwifery: Reflections on the first 5 years from two Victorian universities Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2007-06-01, Pages 81-84 10 Skinner, S.R. | Smith, J. | Fenwick, J. | Hendriks, J. | Fyfe, S. | Kendall, G. Pregnancy and protection: Perceptions, attitudes and experiences of Australian female adolescents Women and Birth, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2009-06-01, Pages 50-56
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Fri May 17
1 Shahla Meedya | Kathleen Fahy | Ashley Kable Factors that positively influence breastfeeding duration to 6 months: A literature review Women and Birth, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 135-145 2 Sue Kruske | Sue Kildea | Lesley Barclay Cultural safety and maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians Women and Birth, Volume 19, Issue 3, September 2006, Pages 73-77 3 Georgina Ingall | Mark Cropley Exploring the barriers of quitting smoking during pregnancy: A systematic review of qualitative studies Women and Birth, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2010, Pages 45-52 4 Robyn M. Maude | Maralyn J. Foureur It's beyond water: Stories of women's experience of using water for labour and birth Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2007, Pages 17-24 5 Kathleen Fahy | Carolyn Hastie | Andrew Bisits | Christine Marsh | Lurena Smith | Anne Saxton Holistic physiological care compared with active management of the third stage of labour for women at low risk of postpartum haemorrhage: A cohort study Women and Birth, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 146-152 6 Lesa M. Freeman | Vivienne Adair | Helen Timperley | Sandra H. West The influence of the birthplace and models of care on midwifery practice for the management of women in labour Women and Birth, Volume 19, Issue 4, December 2006, Pages 97-105 7 Elaine Jefford | Kathleen Fahy | Deborah Sundin A review of the literature: Midwifery decision-making and birth Women and Birth, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 127-134 8 S. Rachel Skinner | Jennifer Smith | Jennifer Fenwick | Jacqueline Hendriks | Sue Fyfe | Garth Kendall Pregnancy and protection: Perceptions, attitudes and experiences of Australian female adolescents Women and Birth, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2009, Pages 50-56 9 Ulla Waldenström Normal childbirth and evidence based practice Women and Birth, Volume 20, Issue 4, December 2007, Pages 175-180 10 Mary Anne Biro What has public health got to do with midwifery? Midwives𢀙 role in securing better health outcomes for mothers and babies Women and Birth, Volume 24, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 17-23
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1 Margareta Johansson | Ingegerd Hildingsson Intrapartum care could be improved according to Swedish fathers: Mode of birth matters for satisfaction Women and Birth, Available online 7 May 2013 2 Virginia Schmied | Maree Johnson | Norell Naidoo | Marie-Paule Austin | Stephen Matthey | Lynn Kemp | Annie Mills | Tanya Meade | Anthony Yeo Maternal mental health in Australia and New Zealand: A review of longitudinal studies Women and Birth, Available online 12 April 2013 3 Simone L. Harrison | Susan G. Devine | Vicki L. Saunders | Annika D. Smith | Petra G. Buettner | Madeleine J. Nowak Changing the risky beliefs of post-partum women about therapeutic sun-exposure Women and Birth, Available online 6 April 2013 4 Jamila Arrish | Heather Yeatman | Moira Williamson Midwives and nutrition education during pregnancy: A literature review Women and Birth, Available online 4 April 2013 5 Deborah Turnbull | Pamela Adelson | Candice Oster | Judy Coffey | John Coomblas | Robert Bryce | Chris Wilkinson The impact of outpatient priming for induction of labour on midwives𢀙 work demand, work autonomy and satisfaction Women and Birth, Available online 3 April 2013 6 Sarah M. Stewart Making practice transparent through e-portfolio Women and Birth, Available online 20 March 2013 7 Susan Crowther | Liz Smythe | Deb Spence Mood and birth experience Women and Birth, Available online 16 March 2013 8 Ha Hoang | Quynh Le | Daniel Terry Women's access needs in maternity care in rural Tasmania, Australia: A mixed methods study Women and Birth, Available online 7 March 2013 9 Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian | Rawan Shayboub | Alexandra Ataya Health after childbirth: Patterns of reported postpartum morbidity from Lebanon Women and Birth, Available online 7 March 2013 10 Shela Akbar Ali Hirani | Rozina Karmaliani The experiences of urban, professional women when combining breastfeeding with paid employment in Karachi, Pakistan: A qualitative study Women and Birth, Volume 26, Issue 2, June 2013, Pages 147-151
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