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Implications for practice and research
This paper illustrates how findings from two related studies can enhance nursing and midwifery practice through the evaluation of the effectiveness of a family midwives (FMs) intervention.
Midwives educated about the health impact of infant maltreatment can be trained to support and strengthen maternal competencies in caring and relating to their infants’ needs.
FMs learn more about the multiple risk factors that families have to cope with, can promote stronger infant–parent relationships and support parents in meeting their children's nutritional and well-being needs.
Further research is needed to assess the efficacy of a universal FM service to provide the opportunities for positive, non-violent …
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