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Women's health and midwifery
There are both positive and negative implications to the use of mobile phones in the birth suite
  1. Susan James
  1. Midwifery, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan James, Midwifery, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada; Sjames{at}laurentian.ca

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Commentary on: Lewis L, Barnes C, Allan J, et al. Midwives’ perceptions of women’s mobile phone use and impact on care in birth suite. Midwifery 2019;76:142–47. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2019.06.002.

Implications for practice and research

  • High proportion of labouring persons use mobile phones in the birth suite.

  • Midwives perceive that mobile use can interfere with timeliness of care.

  • Midwives express concern about implications of being photographed without permission.

  • Further study needed on how to effectively integrate mobile use in birth suite settings.

Context

The use of mobile phones has become commonplace in all aspects of life including the labour and birth experience.1 2 The internet is full of websites and guidelines for the use of the phone in healthcare settings, often authored by staff of a hospital or institution or by professionals or quasiprofessionals …

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