Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD: Midwives knowledge, attitudes and practice

What is this research about?

Midwives are an influential profession and a key group in informing women about alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its consequences on the fetus and child. They have a primary role in health promotion and the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD.

 

This project investigated WA Country Health Service (WACHS) midwives' knowledge, attitudes and practice about alcohol consumption in pregnancy and FASD.  

 

Ethics Approval

We ensured that the work and research we conducted did not harm others and that the people who participated in the project were treated with respect.

 

Ethics approval helps to ensure that research complies with established guidelines such as the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

 

Ethics approval for this project was granted by the WACHS Human Research Ethics Committee.

 

Funding

This project was funded by NHMRC Program Grant #572742

 

 

Who conducted this research?

 

Researchers

  • Dr Jan Payne: Research Program Manager, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Rochelle Watkins: Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Winthrop Research Professor Carol Bower: Senior Principal Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Tracy Reibel: Collaboration for Applied Research and Evaluation, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Amanda Wilkins: Paediatrician and Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Raewyn Mutch: Paediatrician and Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Ms Heather Jones: Manager FASD Projects, Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia  

 

Steering Group

A multidisciplinary Steering Group guided the project and will include researchers, and a consumer and community representative.

 

Midwifery Reference Group

A Midwifery Reference Group advised the project as required, provide expert opinion, comment on interpretation of findings, and  contributed to the utilisation and uptake of results of the research

 

 

What did we do?

 

Survey

We conducted a survey with all midwives employed by the WACHS who were invited to complete an online questionnaire which included dichotomous 'yes/no', multiple choice and open questions about FASD and alcohol consumption in pregnancy.

 

 

Benefits of this research

This research has the potential to:

  • influence and contribute to policies and strategies to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD
  • influence and contribute to the development of educational resources for midwives
  • influence and contribute to professional development for midwives
  • deliver information about midwives' compliance with the WACHS Alcohol Brief Intervention Policy
  • add value to future implementation and evaluation of activities involving midwives that are proposed by the WA Department of Health Child and Youth Health Network FASD Model of Care
  • provide baseline information for future evaluation of changes in midwives' knowledge, attitudes and practice
  • be published in peer reviewed journals so they are available for other health services and for evaluation of the outcomes stated above

 

 For further information please contact Dr Jan Payne