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Experiences of Impacted Foetal Head: Findings from a Pragmatic Focus Group Study of Mothers and Midwives

Briley, AL, Silverio, SA, Shennan, AH and Tydeman, G (2023) Experiences of Impacted Foetal Head: Findings from a Pragmatic Focus Group Study of Mothers and Midwives. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (21). p. 7009. ISSN 1660-4601

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Introduction: We aimed to explore the lived experiences of caesarean birth complicated by impaction of the foetal head, for mothers and midwives. Methods: A pragmatic, qualitative, focus group study of mixed-participants was conducted, face-to-face. They were postpartum women (n = 4), midwives (n = 4), and a postpartum midwife (n = 1) who had experience of either providing care for impacted foetal head, and/or had experienced it during their own labour, in Fife, United Kingdom. Data were transcribed and were analysed using template analysis. Results: Three main themes emerged through analysis: (i) current knowledge of impacted foetal head; (ii) current management of impacted foetal head; and (iii) experiences and outcomes of impacted foetal head. Each theme was made up of various initial codes when data were analysed inductively. Finally, each theme could be overlaid onto the three core principles of the Tydeman Tube: (1) to improve outcomes for mother and baby in the second stage of labour; (2) to reduce the risk of trauma to mother and baby in complicated births; and (3) to increase respectful care for women in labour; thus allowing for a neat analytic template. Conclusion: A lack of consensus regarding definition, management, and training were highlighted by the midwives. Women anticipated caesarean birth in late labour as straightforward and were therefore unaware of this potential complication. Women and midwives would welcome any new device to facilitate delivery of the impacted foetal head (IFH) as long as it is fully evaluated prior to widespread introduction. Women were not averse to being part of this evaluation process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Focus Groups; Mothers; Midwifery; Pregnancy; Labor, Obstetric; Parturition; Female; birth; complications in birth; complications of labour; impacted foetal head; labour; maternity care; midwives; qualitative research; Pregnancy; Female; Humans; Midwifery; Mothers; Focus Groups; Labor, Obstetric; Parturition; Toxicology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RD Surgery
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: MDPI
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 09:22
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 09:30
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/ijerph20217009
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21948
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