• How to encourage a woman to remain active in labour

      Steen, Mary; University of Chester (Redactive, 2012-03)
      This article gives an insight into how to encourage a woman to remain active in labour. There is substantial evidence that demonstrates being active during labour is beneficial and a range of different positions can be adopted. Good preparation during pregnancy is essential as this will assist women to become confident and believe in their ability to be active during labour. Ideally, upright positions in first and second stage should be encouraged and the use of props such as a chair, bean bag or birth ball. The impact of water immersion during labour should also be highlighted as an effective birthing option.
    • Making normal birth a reality

      Steen, Mary; Walsh, Denis; University of Central Lancashire/Royal College of Midwives (APEO - Associacao Portuguesa Enfermeiros Obstetras, 2007-05-05)
      This article describes and discusses an conference paper given at the Dia Internacional do Enfermeiro de Saude Materna e Obstetrica, Viseu, Portugal. It highlights that many childbearing women in the 21st century now fear birth and the RCM's concerns that both women and maternity care professionals have become more dependent on technology during childbirth. This instigated the RCM's campaign for normal birth, which aims to inspire and support normal birth practice to maximise opportunities for women to experience normal birth and to reduce unncessary medical interventions. The importance of being with woman is stressed and a social model versus medical model of care is compared. Midwife's skills such as 'sussing out labour' and 'intuition' is explored as is 'working with pain' rather than a pain relief approach and 'holistic approaches to support normal birth practices are also discussed. In particular, active birth and the use of complementary therapies are reviewed. Midwives around the world can play an important role in making normal birth a reality once again.
    • Maternal health & well-being project

      Steen, Mary; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust/Leeds City Council (2005)
      A Maternal Health & Well-Being Initative that involved workshops and exercise classes that promoted normal birth and public health.
    • Postures and positions in labour: Best practice

      Steen, Mary; Anker, Jo; RCM/UCLan; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (2008-05-21)
      This presentation discussed the evidence and demonstrated different postures and positions that women can adopt during labour.