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    Midwives are ideally placed to promote physiological birth and improve women's birth experiences. Freedom of movement in labor is highly recommended as it reduces a need for obstetric interventions in labor and prevents and corrects labor complications, such as poor progress and malposition of the fetus. The Labour Hopscotch Framework (LHF) provides women and midwives with a visual depiction of the steps they can undertake to remain active and, in this way, support physiological birth processes. The objective of this study was to explore midwives' experiences of supporting women during labor with the Labour Hopscotch Framework and identify any improvements necessary to the Labour Hopscotch Framework. A two phased mixed-method sequential explanatory design study consisting of a survey (women, n=809 and partners, n=759) and focus group (n=8 midwives) was completed to evaluate the LHF following its implementation. This article presents the findings reporting midwives' perceptions of using the Labour Hopscotch Framework with women and their birthing partners. The setting was a large urban teaching maternity hospital in Dublin, Ireland, where eight midwives practiced in the following areas: labor suite, antenatal unit, and community midwifery. The Labour Hopscotch Framework was described as beneficial in promoting physiological birth, using a creative, attractive visual depiction to guide women in, and before, labor. The Labour Hopscotch Framework was deemed helpful in increasing midwifery students and newly qualified midwives' confidence to provide women with tangible, supportive assistance during labor and increased partners' involvement in the labor process. Labour Hopscotch Framework should be more widely promoted to all women attending the hospital for maternity care and a clear explanation of each step given and demonstrated to increase women's understanding of the steps within. Labour Hopscotch training should be included in midwifery education programs. © 2022 O’Brien D. et al.


    Denise O'Brien, Barbara Coughlan, Sinead Thompson, Lorraine Carroll, Lucille Sheehy, Mary Brosnan, Martina Cronin, Teresa McCreery, Jean Doherty. Exploring midwives' experiences of implementing the Labour Hopscotch Framework: A midwifery innovation. European journal of midwifery. 2022;6:18

    PMID: 35515090

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