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Commentary on: Carter J, Tribe RM, Shennan AH, et al. Threatened preterm labour: women’s experiences of risk and care management: a qualitative study. Midwifery 2018;64:85–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.06.001
Implications for practice and research
Clinicians need to be aware of the anxiety and uncertainty women experience when inconsistent advice is given.
Research should be carried out to consider the relationship between stress and anxiety and preterm birth and pregnancy outcome.
Research is needed to examine the practices of specialist preterm birth services.
Threatened preterm labour or preterm labour can be an indication of a complex pregnancy and may result in significant stress and anxiety for the woman and her family.1 2 Stress experienced by women during this time may increase or decrease the feelings of anxiety about the pregnancy and birth.1 3 Women report being anxious about …
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