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.
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.