The Nuchal Cord at Birth: What Do Midwives Think and Do?

Routinely checking for the nuchal cord is a common medical intervention in birth. Some evidence shows damage to the baby and mother. Results from the authors’ study reflect the training midwives have received and their current practices in relation to a possible nuchal cord at birth.

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About Author: Elaine Jefford

Elaine Jefford is a PhD student at Newcastle University, Australia. She is researching midwives’ clinical decision-making during birth. She emigrated from England in March 2005 to Canberra, Australia, and is currently working for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health.

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About Author: Kathleen Fahy

Kathleen Fahy is Professor of Midwifery at Newcastle University, Australia, and supervisor of a number of Research Higher Degree (RHD) students. She is an editor and author of Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship: Theory for Practice, Education and Research. Kathleen is currently researching third stage labour care and group-based antenatal care using this theory.

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About Author: Deborah Sundin

Deborah Sundin is Honours Program Convenor for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She coordinates the final year of the undergraduate curriculum and supervises a number of RHD students. Deborah’s research interests focus on critical care, decision-making models and processes.

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