International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 212

IJNM Articles

Assessment of the impact of socio- demographic status and maternal age on pregnancy outcomes: Cross sectional study in a major tertiary maternity hospital in Sudan over a two-year period

June 2024

There is a relationship between adverse pregnancy outcome and low socio demographic status. However, maternal age alone is capable of affecting pregnancy outcome for both mothers and their newborn. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of socio- demographic status and maternal age on perinatal outcome in women who delivered in Omdurman Maternity Hospital (a major maternity unit in Sudan with over 30 thousand...

Author(s): Sarahdafa Alla, Babiker Rahamtalla, Zuhair Sharfi and Badreldeen Ahmed,

Perception and Utilization of Standardized Nursing Languages among Nurses in south-south Nigeria

March 2024

Standardized nursing languages (SNLs) are crucial for nursing documentation, yet their usage varies and depends on several factors. This study aims to investigate the perception and other influences on SNL use among Nigerian nurses. A cross-sectional survey employing a questionnaire was utilized to survey 310 nurses from two Nigerian hospitals: The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) and General Hospital...

Author(s): Emmanuel Chukwunwike Enebeli,, Blessing Osagumwendia Josiah, and Paulina Ackley Akpan-Idiok

The impact of self-management education and exercise intervention on pregnant women’s back pain experiences in low- and middle-income countries

December 2023

Pregnancy-related back pain is a frustrating health problem worldwide because of its high prevalence. Approximately 50% of women experience back pain during pregnancy and 25% may continue to experience pain after delivery. The impact of a self-management education and exercise intervention were determined on pregnant women’s back pain experiences in a low- and middle-income setting. The aim was to establish the...

Author(s): Loveness A Nkhata, Charity Kapenda and Jane Chela  

A review of contraception and gender-affirming care

November 2023

There are estimated to be more than 1.6 million transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals ages 13 and up in the United States. Many individuals who identify as trans or gender-expansive never received adequate contraceptive counseling. Certified Nurse Midwives play a crucial role in primary reproductive health care in many settings, particularly underserved settings. A patient's wants, needs, and goals should...

Author(s): Alex Dworak, Courtney Allen Cowardin, Lena Mininberg, Melanie Menning and Peter Schindler  

Supporting new academic staff Quality Improvement (QI) project in the School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership

October 2023

Recruiting and retaining appropriately qualified academic staff is vital for the delivery of high-quality teaching in any academic setting, including health care and nursing. Evidence suggests that transition from an expert clinician to becoming a novice academic in the field of adult nursing could be challenging. A Quality Improvement project was undertaken to develop a structured induction and orientation programme in...

Author(s): Khan N. and Cooper E.  

Development of a health behavior model for females with a history of gestational diabetes to promote healthy dietary habits and glucose tolerance testing

August 2023

This study aims to develop a health behavior model for females with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) to promote healthy dietary habits and glucose tolerance testing by identifying factors affecting the health behaviors of this population based on the framework of the Theory of Planned Behavior. A questionnaire survey was administered to females with a history of GDM who were raising infants, and 58...

Author(s): Mari Yamanami and Naomi Kano  

Determinants of caesarean section rate among women 15 to 49 years at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital using the Robson classification system

May 2023

Caesarean section (CS) is a lifesaving operation that has significant effect on the outcomes of maternal and perinatal health. World Health Organisation considers a CS rate of 10 to 15% to be optimal; however, there is significant increase in its practice especially in low resourced setting despite the persistent inequalities in access to the procedure. To determine, track and audit caesarean section rates and groups,...

Author(s): Emmaculate Jepkemei Tanui and Doris Kibiwott  

Comparisons of game usage time and game usage-related factors in Japanese women before pregnancy and during early pregnancy

May 2023

Considering the increase in game usage among young people, many women may use games before pregnancy. However, it has not been shown whether game usage time changes in women after they become pregnant. This study was carried out to compare game usage time and game usage-related factors in Japanese women before pregnancy and during early pregnancy. We recruited pregnant women during the first trimester. We conducted a...

Author(s): Hiroko Sato, and Toshiyuki Yasui  

Can psychological status and stress biomarkers in pregnancy predict postpartum depression?

December 2022

To detect Postpartum depression (PPD) among mothers in early, easy, and accurate way is required. In this study, we aimed to examine whether biomarkers taken during the perinatal period can predict a risk of PPD, in addition to subjective scale scores. A longitudinal survey of 24 mothers was conducted at 6 and 9 months of gestation (T1&T2) and 1 month postpartum (T3). Psychological state was measured by EPDS, GHQ,...

Author(s): Eri Usami, Yuki Kanazawa and Atsuko Kawano

Evidence based practice and critical thinking in nursing education and practice: A scoping review of literature

November 2022

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in health is important for patient safety and quality care while Critical Thinking (CT) is a vital prerequisite to evidence based nursing. Despite their importance, in some settings neither EBP nor CT is taught assessed or implemented. This scoping review examined literature related to teaching, learning, assessment and implementation of EBP and application of CT by nursing students and...

Author(s): Katowa-Mukwato Patricia, Chitundu Kabwe, Monde Mercy Wamunyima, Maimbolwa M Margaret and Jere Linda Dianna

Research trends and perspectives on the usefulness of oxytocin as a biomarker for postpartum depression

October 2022

As postpartum depression has become a major problem, it is necessary to identify mothers who need intensive support to cope with this disorder. Therefore, by summarizing literature from the past five years, this study aimed to clarify the current progress of research on the usefulness of oxytocin as a biomarker for postpartum depression; it also aimed to discuss the prospects for future research based on these findings....

Author(s): Atsuko Kawano and Chihoko Sankai

Satisfaction with childbirth care: Correlations between SERVICEQUAL dimensions

July 2022

The model known as SERVICEQUAL (SQ) examines the correlation between service satisfaction and the gaps that occur between customers’ expectations prior to service and perceptions after being served. The gaps are tested over five dimensions: tangibles of the service, assurance, empathy, reliability, and responsiveness of the service provider. This paper aims to examine the satisfaction of women with childbirth care...

Author(s): Iris Gertner Moryossef and Keren Or-Chen

Role and leadership of nurse manager in improving the quality of care in Burkina Faso: A qualitative study

May 2022

Care quality is a major concern for healthcare settings. Because of its essential place in hospital management, Nurse Manager (NM) is a critical link in the care system. This study aimed to analyse the role and leadership of the NM in the care quality improvement at the Charles de Gaulle Pediatric Teaching Hospital (CHUP-CDG). This was a qualitative and descriptive study. Ten NMs from clinical services selected on a...

Author(s): Pafadnam Yacouba, Patrice Ngangue, Noufou Gustave Nana, Abdoulaye So, Dieudonne Soubeiga and Éric Nguemeleu Tchouaket  

Perception of clinical nurses in a Nigerian tertiary hospital towards continuing professional development programs

April 2022

Continuing professional development program has become a vital tool to update the knowledge, skills and competence of health professionals worldwide. Nursing in Nigeria under the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) joined the clique and commenced Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP) about a decade ago. This study was set to elicit the perception of clinical nurses in Obafemi...

Author(s): Timothy Olatunji Oladosu, Aderonke Bosede Awoseemo, Aduragbemi Timothy OLAWUMI, Janet Oluseun Oladosu and Abigeal Omotolani Odesiji  

Experiences of a long-term female psychiatric in-patient with psychiatric symptoms in Japan

April 2022

This study aimed to clarify the effects of long-term hospitalization of a psychiatric in-patient on her specific psychiatric symptoms and behaviors to provide suggestions regarding nursing support for in- patients. Unstructured interviews were conducted over several months with a long-term female patient (Ms. A) hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital between August 2017 and 2018. Analysis was performed using descriptive...

Author(s): Emiko Ishida and Akira Ishida  

Salivary cortisol, postpartum psychological status and bonding attachment

April 2022

While several studies have investigated how stress-related situations affect cortisol levels, few studies have examined the relationship between cortisol levels and psychological measures related to postpartum psychological status. This study investigated the relationship between salivary cortisol and postpartum psychological status and bonding attachment. This study is a cross-sectional study. Participants were...

Author(s): Atsuko Kawano and Chihoko Sankai  

Midwives' experiences in the practice of maternal death audits in Burkina Faso: A qualitative study

March 2022

Maternal death audits (MDAs) are the key to reducing maternal mortality.  However, there are some barriers to the involvement of midwives in carrying out maternal death audits. This article aimed to explore midwives' perceptions and experiences of maternal death audits in Burkina Faso. This was a qualitative study conducted in December 2018. Data were collected from individual semi-structured interviews....

Author(s): Idrissa DIALLO, Nestor BATIONO, Dieudonné SOUBEIGA, Gustave NANA, Patrice Alain NGANGUE Ahmed KABORE⊃, Clovis Albéric TOE⊃, and Maxime DRABO  

The burden of the caring role: Adaptation of family members to the caring role in surgical wards at a tertiary hospital in Malawi

January 2022

Family members also known as Patients’ Guardians (PG) are involved in caring for acutely ill inpatients in Malawian hospitals. Family participation in caring for acutely ill adult inpatients is adopted from the Family Centred Care approach. Using a focused ethnographic approach, we explored the perspectives of PGs and nurses on the burden of the caring role on PGs and their adaptation. Twelve PGs and eight nurses...

Author(s): Elizabeth Gwaza  

Variables that may affect the traditional signs of perinatal asphyxia

November 2021

The objective of this study was to prove if certain variables related to labour affect the traditional signs of perinatal asphyxia (cardiotocography records, Apgar score and the umbilical artery pH). This is an observational, multicentric, longitudinal, analytical, cohort study in pregnant women at term admitted to the delivery room of Hospital Infanta Cristina, Hospital de Fuenlabrada and Hospital Puerta de Hierro...

Author(s): Virginia Maroto Alonso, Eva Pérez-Martínez, Vicente Manuel Patiño Maraver, Ana Belén Hernández López and Consuelo Álvarez Plaza  

Comparison of management skills that are required for middle managers at present and in the next generation in advanced midwives

September 2021

Advanced midwives are expected to be candidates for middle managers in the next generation. Higher levels of management skills than the current levels may be required for middle managers in the future due to the progress of perinatal medicine. The aim of this study was to compare levels of management skills that are currently required for middle managers and levels of management skills that will be important in the next...

Author(s): Megumi Abe, Toshiyuki Yasui, Yukie Matsuura, Mari Haku and Hirokazu Uemura

Adverse neonatal outcomes and associated factors among mothers who gave birth through cesarean section at Arba Minch General Hospital, Southern Ethiopia

August 2021

Cesarean section (CS) refers to the delivery of fetus, placenta, and membrane through an abdominal and uterine incision after 28 completed weeks of gestation. This mode of delivery minimizes both maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality; however, it is associated with lower but severe neonatal outcomes as compared to vaginal delivery. Thus, the current study was aimed to assess the current status of adverse...

Author(s): Damtie Getie, Befikadu Tariku Gutema, William Haleke, Nega Degefa Megersa and Kassahun Fikadu Tessem

Agreement between estimated date of delivery determined by last menstrual period and ultrasound: A prospective cohort of Tanzanian women

August 2021

In Tanzania, the estimated delivery date (EDD) is mainly determined by the last menstrual period (LMP), presumably leading to inaccurate estimates with a falsely high proportion of post-term and preterm deliveries. The study aimed to compare EDD determination by LMP and ultrasound in pregnant Tanzanian women and examine how the dating method affects the proportions born preterm, at term, and post-term and assess how...

Author(s): Pernille N. Nielsen, Chunsen Wu, Jane J. Rogathi, Geofrey N. Sigalla, Lene Sperling, Rachel Manongi, Dan W. Meyrowitsch, Tine Gammeltoft, Mag Art and Vibeke Rasch,

Partograph use among skilled birth attendants in selected counties, Western Kenya

August 2021

Participants was 35.3 (standard deviation: 7.1) years. The demographics (98%), foetal heart rate (80.5%), temperature, pulse and respiratory (74.5%) and maternal blood pressure (73.2%) section of the partograph were the most charted. The least charted sections were foetal descent (19.5%), cervical dilatation (21.5%) and uterine contractions (24.8%). Use of the partograph was associated with the female gender with a 58%...

Author(s): Doris Kibiwott, Anne Mwangi and Simon Kang’ethe

Unmasking nurses' entrepreneurial potentials: Swot analysis of Nigerian nursing and midwifery act

April 2021

Nurses have every capacity to dominate the private healthcare market in Nigeria. However, ignorance, the tradition of seeking for already established jobs in the hospitals mainly, and self-limiting legal impediments of the law establishing nursing and midwifery in Nigeria have not allowed them to recognize this fact. Given the situation of the present-day saturated labor market, getting the nurses to realize their...

Author(s): Chijioke Oliver Nwodoh, Chiamaka Jennifer Okafor and Ubochi Nneka

Knowledge, attitude and willingness of Nigerian nursing students to serve as volunteers in covid-19 pandemic

January 2021

The current outbreak of the novel COVID-19 cases in different parts of the world continues to have adverse effect on the health, education, economy, politics and other sectors of national life of countries worldwide. Nigeria, as the 2nd country in Africa that has an increased incidence of infection, assessing the level of nursing student’s information about COVID-19, their attitude and willingness to serve as...

Author(s): Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO, Olawale Akanbi MORONKOLA, Adeniyi Funmilayo OKANLAWON, Adelani Wakeel TIJANI, Ijeoma L. OKORONKWO,Simeon Kayode OLUBIYI, Mfuh Anita Yafeh. LUKONG, Adisa Bolaji IYANDA, Iyanuoluwa Oreofe OJO, Ifeoluwapo Oluwafunke KOLAWOLE, Rose Ekama ILESANMI, Chiemerigo Anne ONYENEHO, Morufat A. ALABI and Beatrice Mgboro OHAERI  

Management skills required for nursing middle managers in the next generation in perinatal medical care

December 2020

Learning of management skills is necessary for the training of nursing middle managers in the next generation. However, in perinatal medical care, there have been few studies on management skills for midwives as middle managers. The aim of this study was to determine whether advanced midwives have an awareness of probable future changes in perinatal nursing and what management skills they consider will be required for...

Author(s): Megumi Abe, Toshiyuki Yasui, Yukie Matsuura and Mari Haku  

Factors associated with intention to use epidural analgesia during labour among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of a tertiary health institution in Southwestern Nigeria

December 2020

Childbirth is perhaps, the most painful experience encountered by most women and just like other forms of pain, the experience of labour pain is unique to individual women, so it is only the woman in labour who can describe the extent of pain she is going through. This study assessed the perceptions, attitude, intention to use, also predict factors that influence intention to use epidural analgesia among pregnant women...

Author(s): Oyebanji Olufemi Oyediran, Joel Olayiwola Faronbi, Olufemi Emmanuel Ayandiran,  Matthew Idowu Olatubi and Oladele Dare Akinyoola  

Training needs assessment and preferred approach to enhancing work performance among clinical nurses in University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, South-western Nigeria

November 2020

Nurses are a very important group of healthcare providers whose professional competence is central to effective health care delivery. Clinical service delivery is constantly evolving and healthcare providers require periodic training for contemporary professional skill. This study assessed the training needs and preferred approach to enhancing work performance among clinical nurses in University College Hospital,...

Author(s): David Ayobami Adewole, Mobolaji Modinat Salawu and Segun Bello  

The prevalence and relevant factors of paternal depression during a partner’s pregnancy in Japan

October 2020

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of paternal depression and the relevant factors associated with paternal depression, mainly focusing on occupational stress. The present study was focused on paternal depression during their partners’ pregnancy as the first part of longitudinal studies. The participants were fathers whose partners were in the third trimester of their pregnancies. Items from the...

Author(s): Kumiko Kido, Akemi Mitani, Yuko Uemura, Masako Okano and Keiko Matsumura

Perineal trauma following vaginal delivery in a low-income area: A criterion-based audit

October 2020

Trauma to the perineum following vaginal delivery is common and can lead to anal incontinence and pain but can be prevented by perineal support. However, the incidence and how to prevent perineal injury in sub Saharan Africa has not previously been described. The objective of the study was to assess the incidence of perineal trauma at vaginal delivery and to assess a training intervention in perineal support using a...

Author(s): Julie Mantzius, Martin Rudnicki, Ellen Skovbjerg, Eusebious Maro, Dorah Mrema, Vibeke Rasch, and Bjarke Lund Sørensen,  

Effects of criterion-based audit on monitoring and management of normal and prolonged labor: An intervention study in Tanzania

August 2020

The use of cesarean section (CS) and oxytocin for labour augmenttion may contribute to increase morbidity and mortality of mothers and newborns. The objective of the study was to evaluate the Criterian Based Audit (CBA) on CS rates and oxytocin use in labouring women. A prospective intervention study by CBA was performed at hospital in Tanzania. Included were  523 labouring women at a gestational age of at least 28...

Author(s): Ellen Skovbjerg, Martin Rudnicki, Julie Mantzius MD, Eusebious Maro, Dorah Mrema, Vibeke Rasch, and Bjarke Sørensen,  

Implementation of a novel obstetric triage tool in the tertiary maternity hospital of Sierra Leone: A quality improvement project

July 2020

Triage tools have been shown to increase efficiency and accuracy of obstetric triage, but no published tools exist for low income settings. A novel guideline was developed and implemented in the tertiary maternity hospital of Sierra Leone. A triage system was implemented using a quality improvement approach. A novel triage guide, mentorship, improved patient flow and training were introduced. Prospective data was...

Author(s): Rebecca Best and Jariatu Turay Nee Sesay  

Job characteristics and influence on work-family conflict among nurses working in teaching hospitals in Anambra State, Nigeria

July 2020

Nurses are faced with a lot of responsibilities, at work and home. This gives rise to work-family conflict. There are several factors which could affect work-family conflict. This study identifies specific job characteristics and their influence on work-family conflict among nurses working in the teaching hospitals in Anambra State. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study, as a proportionate sampling...

Author(s): Ilo Ifeyinwa C., Eze Catherine C., Agbapuonwu Noreen E., Makata Ngozi E. and Anieche John E.  

Experiences and coping strategies of perinatally bereaved mothers with the loss

May 2020

This study explored the experiences, coping strategies, and support systems available for perinatally bereaved mothers. A descriptive phenomenological design was employed to explore lived experiences of perinatally bereaved mothers and saturation was reached with the 12th participant. Participants were recruited through purposive sampling and data was collected by in-depth, individual and face-to-face interviews. Data...

Author(s): Eniola Sarat Onaolapo, Edward Appiah Boateng, Felix Apiribu and Veronica Millicent Dzomeku

Perceived determinants of home delivery following antenatal care in general hospital Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area, Kaduna State

May 2020

The study  aim to determine the factors that make women deliver at home after attending antenatal care, to determine the awareness of women on risks associated with home delivery, to determine the type of birth attendants’ available during home delivery, and to explore the opinions of women on various strategies to prevent home delivery. A non- experimental cross-sectional design was used, with a target...

Author(s): Mangai Joseph Mafuyai, Ari Eunice, Bonji Gaknung, Kumzhi Patience and Adamu Samaila  

Evidence of perpetration of intimate partner violence among HIV positive couples: A systematic scoping review

April 2020

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a key public health and social concern among couples in countries globally. A systematic review was conducted to find out information concerning literature on the perpetration of IPV among couples infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The main objective of this study was to search for evidence of IPV among couples infected with HIV. Specifically, literature related to the...

Author(s): Felix Apiribu, and Busisiwe Purity Ncama  

Midwives perspectives on risk factors influencing maternal morbidity and mortality rates in Zambia: A case of Lusaka and Mumbwa Districts

April 2020

Maternal and neonatal mortality has remained a public health challenge in developing countries, particularly in Zambia despite the efforts to improve access and use of maternal health care services universally. Majority of these maternal deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to good-quality maternal health services, such as antenatal and postnatal care, and skilled attendance during child birth, including...

Author(s): Kalusopa Mwiinga Victoria, Mukwato Katowa Patricia, Muleya Mutinta, Kwaleyela Concepta, Musenge Emmanuel, Chapima Fabian, NambalaSianchapa Brenda, Jon Oyvind Odland, Babil Stray-Pedersen and Maimbolwa Connie Margaret  

Effect of tetanus toxoid immunization training program on knowledge and attitude on female nursing students in Government Universities in Khartoum State

April 2020

Tetanus is an acute infectious disease, most cases occur due to lack of vaccination or incomplete immunization on exposure leading to increase morbidity and mortality. Studies reveal that adequate knowledge regarding tetanus is more important for the prevention of maternal and neonatal tetanus in the future. The study aims to study effect of tetanus toxoid immunization training program on knowledge and attitude of...

Author(s): Amani Abdelgader Mohamed and Faiza Ali Nasor  

A case series of maternal-newborn delivery outcomes in rural Zambia

April 2020

In rural Zambia, pregnant mothers are referred from rural primary health facilities designed to provide Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) to district hospitals where Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) can be provided when needed. Maternity waiting homes (MWH) are residential dwellings where mothers can await delivery and may offer a possible early referral source to CEmONC,...

Author(s): Julie M. Buser, Carol J. Boyd, Cheryl A. Moyer, Davy Zulu, Alice Ngoma-Hazemba, Jessy T. Mtenje, Andrew D. Jones and Jody R. Lori  

Nurses’ perspectives about context specific job factors and coping strategies for back pain experiences among nurses in Lusaka, Zambia: A qualitative study

March 2020

Nurses comprise the largest group of the health care workforce and play a central role in patient care activities. This study explored nurses’ perspectives about context specific job factors and coping strategies for back pain experiences among nurses in Lusaka, Zambia. An interpretive paradigm qualitative research design was used. Participants were selected using maximum variation including enrolled and...

Author(s): Loveness A. Nkhata, Yolandi Brink, Dawn Ernstzen and Quinnette A. Louw  

Prevalence and factors related to hot flashes and night sweats in postpartum women in Japan

February 2020

Hot flashes and night sweats commonly occur during menopausal transition period due to estrogen deficiency, but these conditions can also occur during postpartum period in which there are marked hormonal fluctuations. This study determined the prevalence and examined factors related to hot flashes and night sweats among the Japanese women in the postpartum period. The design of this study was a longitudinal...

Author(s): Rumi Ishihara, Keiko Nagamine, Yoshie Nishikawa, Mari Haku, Hirokazu Uemura, Yukie Matsuura and Toshiyuki Yasui  

Views of health care providers on factors hindering women with obstetric fistula in seeking fistula repair services in Zambia: The case of Muchinga, Luapula, Eastern and Southern provinces

January 2020

Poor use of fistula repair services has contributed to the continued consequences of obstetric fistula that are physical, psychological, social, financial and economic among the afflicted women. The study was designed to assess views of health care providers on factors hindering women with obstetric fistula in seeking fistula repair services. A descriptive cross sectional design was used. Sixty-five (65) health care...

Author(s): Nchimunya Nambala Tembo, Jon Odland, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Concepta Namukolo Kwaleyela, Patricia Katowa Mukwato and Margaret C. Maimbolwa  

Work engagement among midwives working at advanced perinatal care facilities in Japan

January 2020

This study seeks to clarify the current situation and associated factors regarding Work Engagement (WE) among midwives working in advanced care facilities, which bear the brunt of care for high-risk pregnancies, as well as the contribution of WE to quality of care. A self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted in 2016 with the participation of 503 midwives working in 36 general perinatal maternal and child...

Author(s): Yuriko Kusumi and Hitomi Koizumi  

Women’s perception of male involvement during pregnancy and labour in University College Hospital, Ibadan

December 2019

In Nigeria, male involvement practice is almost a mirage in term of labour and delivery support among women. In spite, of it help at reducing complications. The aim of the study is to assess perception of different tribes towards male involvement during pregnancy and labour, the educated, non educated, employed, unemployed and perceived barriers respectively. A descriptive cross-sectional research design was employed....

Author(s): Iyanuoluwa O. Ojo., Adegolarin A. Fafure and Odinaka B. Ani  

Does culture influence birth experiences of first-generation Nigerian women in London?

November 2019

The study was undertaken to explore the influence of cultural practices on birth experiences of first-generation Nigerian women (FGNW) living in London, with the objective of highlighting factors within emic and etic care that may influence birth outcomes for this population. The study entailed an exploratory, descriptive, contextual and qualitative methodology organised in two stages.   Focus group...

Author(s): Priscilla Dike  

Knowledge and practice of healthy nutrition among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at selected private hospitals in Benin City

September 2019

The health of a pregnant mother and her nutritional status can influence the health and survival of the growing foetus because of the biological link between her and her child. This study was conducted to assess the knowledge and practice of healthy nutrition among pregnant women attending selected private hospital, Benin City. Descriptive cross-sectional research design was used for the study. Two hundred and twenty...

Author(s): Ehwarieme A. Timothy, Amiegheme E. Felicia and Enosekhafoh B.  

Knowledge and practice of married men towards safe motherhood in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria

August 2019

Men are the major decision makers in the home; thus, this study was designed to assess the knowledge and practice of married men towards safe motherhood in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. A descriptive cross-sectional study was adopted using a multi-stage and proportionate sampling technique to recruit three hundred and ten married men.  A semi-structured questionnaire used to solicit...

Author(s): Musibau A. Titiloye, Zaynab Alabi and John A. Imaledo

Building a strong and sustainable health care system in Nigeria: The role of the nurse

July 2019

Nigeria is a country that has stood tall in Africa and features prominently in global affairs, yet her healthcare system has suffered several down-falls. Despite her position as a country with huge human and natural resources, her health facilities are grossly inadequate, especially in rural communities and this robs her citizen of optimum health care. Good health is one of the fundamental human rights and the onus...

Author(s): Nneka E. Ubochi, Timothy A. Ehwarieme, Agnes N. Anarado and Elizabeth O. Oyibocha  

Evaluation of midwives services scheme in a southwest Nigerian state: Policy implication for maternal and child health care programs

June 2019

Midwives services scheme was implemented as an intervention program to mitigate maternal and child health care related challenges especially in the rural areas of Nigeria. This study was carried out to explore stakeholders’ perception of the scheme with a focus on perceived facilitators and barriers to its objective. Interviews conducted among health care workers were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, coded,...

Author(s): David Ayobami Adewole, Ayodeji Mathew Adebayo, Taiwo Akinyode Obembe and Musibau Ayoade Titiloye  

Evaluation of quality of antenatal care services in selected healthcare centres of Mumbwa and Lusaka districts of Zambia: Pregnant women’s perspectives

May 2019

Antenatal care (ANC) has been recommended as a service that can reduce both maternal and newborn mortalities. However, even in areas recording high ANC attendance, there are unevenly high levels of maternal and new born mortalities. Evidence of a weak relationship between ANC use and maternal and newborn survival has motivated recent calls to focus on content and quality of care provided rather than mere ANC attendance....

Author(s): Katowa-Mukwato Patricia, Kwaleyela Namukolo Concepta, Mwiinga-Kalusopa Victoria, Musenge Emmanuel, Banda Yolan, Mutinta Crecious Muleya and Maimbolwa C. Margaret

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