Della A Forster

Summary

Affiliation: La Trobe University
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. pmc Staffing in postnatal units: is it adequate for the provision of quality care? Staff perspectives from a state-wide review of postnatal care in Victoria, Australia
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    BMC Health Serv Res 6:83. 2006
  2. doi request reprint The structure and organisation of home-based postnatal care in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: A cross-sectional survey
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000, Australia The Royal Women s Hospital, Locked Bag 300, Grattan St and Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052, Australia Electronic address
    Women Birth 29:172-9. 2016
  3. pmc Continuity of care by a primary midwife (caseload midwifery) increases women's satisfaction with antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care: results from the COSMOS randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 16:28. 2016
  4. pmc Individualised, flexible postnatal care: a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumely Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
    BMC Health Serv Res 14:569. 2014
  5. pmc Study protocol: Asking QUestions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): a longitudinal cohort study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure
    Evelyne Muggli
    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children s Hospital, Parkville, 3052, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:302. 2014
  6. pmc Birthplace in New South Wales, Australia: an analysis of perinatal outcomes using routinely collected data
    Caroline S E Homer
    Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health Level 7, University of Technology, 235 253 Jones St, Broadway, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:206. 2014
  7. pmc Ringing Up about Breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial exploring early telephone peer support for breastfeeding (RUBY) - trial protocol
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre formerly Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:177. 2014
  8. pmc ABFAB. Attachment to the breast and family attitudes to breastfeeding. The effect of breastfeeding education in the middle of pregnancy on the initiation and duration of breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial [ISRCTN21556494]
    Della Forster
    Centre for the Study of Mothers and Children s Health, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, 3053, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 3:5. 2003
  9. pmc Herbal medicine use during pregnancy in a group of Australian women
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 6:21. 2006
  10. pmc Factors associated with breastfeeding at six months postpartum in a group of Australian women
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    Int Breastfeed J 1:18. 2006

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Publications38

  1. pmc Staffing in postnatal units: is it adequate for the provision of quality care? Staff perspectives from a state-wide review of postnatal care in Victoria, Australia
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    BMC Health Serv Res 6:83. 2006
    ..This paper focuses on the impact of staffing issues on the provision of quality postnatal care from the perspective of care providers...
  2. doi request reprint The structure and organisation of home-based postnatal care in public hospitals in Victoria, Australia: A cross-sectional survey
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000, Australia The Royal Women s Hospital, Locked Bag 300, Grattan St and Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052, Australia Electronic address
    Women Birth 29:172-9. 2016
    ..There is limited evidence regarding the provision of home-based postnatal care, resulting in a weak evidence-base for policy formulation and the further development of home-based postnatal care services...
  3. pmc Continuity of care by a primary midwife (caseload midwifery) increases women's satisfaction with antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care: results from the COSMOS randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 16:28. 2016
    ..The aim of this paper is to evaluate the effect of caseload midwifery on women's satisfaction with care across the maternity continuum...
  4. pmc Individualised, flexible postnatal care: a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumely Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
    BMC Health Serv Res 14:569. 2014
    ..We explored whether a tertiary maternity service could provide flexible, individualised early postnatal care for women in a dynamic and timely manner, and if this approach was acceptable to women...
  5. pmc Study protocol: Asking QUestions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): a longitudinal cohort study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure
    Evelyne Muggli
    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children s Hospital, Parkville, 3052, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:302. 2014
    ..There is a need for research evidence emphasizing timing and dosage of PAE and its effects on child development...
  6. pmc Birthplace in New South Wales, Australia: an analysis of perinatal outcomes using routinely collected data
    Caroline S E Homer
    Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health Level 7, University of Technology, 235 253 Jones St, Broadway, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:206. 2014
    ....
  7. pmc Ringing Up about Breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial exploring early telephone peer support for breastfeeding (RUBY) - trial protocol
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre formerly Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:177. 2014
    ..We aim to determine whether proactive telephone peer support during the postnatal period increases the proportion of infants who are breastfed at six months, replicating a trial previously found to be effective in Canada...
  8. pmc ABFAB. Attachment to the breast and family attitudes to breastfeeding. The effect of breastfeeding education in the middle of pregnancy on the initiation and duration of breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial [ISRCTN21556494]
    Della Forster
    Centre for the Study of Mothers and Children s Health, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, 3053, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 3:5. 2003
    ..Medical/obstetric outcomes will be obtained from the medical record. The sample size (972) was calculated to identify an increase in breastfeeding initiation from 75 to 85% and an increase from 40 to 50% in breastfeeding at six months...
  9. pmc Herbal medicine use during pregnancy in a group of Australian women
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 6:21. 2006
    ..Secondary aims were to explore why women took the herbal medicine, where they received advice, what form the supplements took and if they perceived the supplements to be helpful...
  10. pmc Factors associated with breastfeeding at six months postpartum in a group of Australian women
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, Australia
    Int Breastfeed J 1:18. 2006
    ..It is important to identify women who are at increased risk of early cessation of breastfeeding...
  11. ncbi request reprint The use of folic acid and other vitamins before and during pregnancy in a group of women in Melbourne, Australia
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000, Australia
    Midwifery 25:134-46. 2009
    ..to explore the use of folic acid and other vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy, including type, dosage and form; who recommended supplement use and for what reason; and women's understanding of why they took folic acid...
  12. doi request reprint Women's views and experiences of breast feeding: positive, negative or just good for the baby?
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000, Australia
    Midwifery 26:116-25. 2010
    ..to explore women's views and experiences of breast feeding, regardless of whether or not they breast fed, or length of breast feeding...
  13. pmc The early postnatal period: exploring women's views, expectations and experiences of care using focus groups in Victoria, Australia
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 8:27. 2008
    ..We aimed to gain a more in-depth understanding of women's views, expectations and experiences of early postnatal care...
  14. doi request reprint Diabetes and antenatal milk expressing: a pilot project to inform the development of a randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia
    Midwifery 27:209-14. 2011
    ..g. causing premature birth may be a concern. A pilot study was undertaken to establish the feasibility of conducting an adequately powered randomised controlled trial to evaluate this practice...
  15. ncbi request reprint Breastfeeding initiation and birth setting practices: a review of the literature
    Della A Forster
    Royal Women s Hospital, Carlton, Australia
    J Midwifery Womens Health 52:273-80. 2007
    ..Single strategies are unlikely to increase breastfeeding initiation as stand-alone measures...
  16. pmc Exploring implementation and sustainability of models of care: can theory help?
    Della A Forster
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
    BMC Public Health 11:S8. 2011
    ....
  17. pmc A statewide review of postnatal care in private hospitals in Victoria, Australia
    Jo Anne Rayner
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Victoria, 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 10:26. 2010
    ..This provides a more complete overview of the organisational structures and processes in postnatal care in all Victorian hospitals from the perspective of care providers...
  18. doi request reprint Women's views of postnatal care in the context of the increasing pressure on postnatal beds in Australia
    Helen L McLachlan
    La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
    Women Birth 22:128-33. 2009
    ..We aimed to explore the views of women and their partners regarding a number of theoretical postnatal care 'packages' that could provide an alternative approach to early postnatal care...
  19. pmc COSMOS: COmparing Standard Maternity care with one-to-one midwifery support: a randomised controlled trial
    Helen L McLachlan
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 8:35. 2008
    ..This paper presents the trial protocol in detail...
  20. doi request reprint Care providers' views and experiences of postnatal care in private hospitals in Victoria, Australia
    Jo Anne Rayner
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria 3086, Australia
    Midwifery 29:622-7. 2013
    ..This study aimed to gain a further understanding of this by exploring care providers' views and experiences of postnatal care in private hospitals...
  21. doi request reprint Addressing the midwifery workforce crisis: evaluating an employment model for undergraduate midwifery students at a tertiary maternity hospital in Melbourne, Australia
    Helen L McLachlan
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
    Women Birth 24:173-9. 2011
    ..This study explored the pilot employment model from the perspective of the SMW_Div2 and hospital midwives...
  22. pmc Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC) in Victoria, Australia: a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Helen L McLachlan
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne Victoria, Australia School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
    BMJ Open 6:e008292. 2016
    ..2 community-based interventions to increase breastfeeding duration in local government areas (LGAs) in Victoria, Australia, were implemented and evaluated...
  23. ncbi request reprint Is the organisation and structure of hospital postnatal care a barrier to quality care? Findings from a state-wide review in Victoria, Australia
    Helen L McLachlan
    Clinical School of Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Studies, La Trobe University, 3086, Australia
    Midwifery 24:358-70. 2008
    ..to describe the structure and organisation of hospital postnatal care in Victoria, Australia...
  24. pmc A descriptive study of mastitis in Australian breastfeeding women: incidence and determinants
    Lisa H Amir
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Public Health 7:62. 2007
    ....
  25. doi request reprint Understanding the 'work' of caseload midwives: A mixed-methods exploration of two caseload midwifery models in Victoria, Australia
    Michelle S Newton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia Electronic address
    Women Birth 29:223-33. 2016
    ..Little is known about how caseload midwifery compares with mainstream models of midwifery care in terms of both the organisation of the work and the meaning of the work for caseload midwives...
  26. pmc Breastfeeding Support in the Early Postpartum: Content of Home Visits in the SILC Trial
    Lael Ridgway
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic, Australia
    Birth 43:303-312. 2016
    ..The visits were offered to women identified as at risk of early breastfeeding cessation after discharge home with a new baby. This paper describes the content of the home visits...
  27. pmc Safety and efficacy of antenatal milk expressing for women with diabetes in pregnancy: protocol for a randomised controlled trial
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre formerly Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Royal Women s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
    BMJ Open 4:e006571. 2014
    ..Secondary outcomes include birth gestation, breastfeeding outcomes and economic impact...
  28. pmc Prevalence and outcomes of breast milk expressing in women with healthy term infants: a systematic review
    Helene M Johns
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 13:212. 2013
    ....
  29. pmc Australian women's use of complementary and alternative medicines to enhance fertility: exploring the experiences of women and practitioners
    Jo Anne Rayner
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 324 328 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
    BMC Complement Altern Med 9:52. 2009
    ..It is likely that CAM use for fertility enhancement will also increase, however this is not known. This paper reports on an exploratory study of women's use of CAM for fertility enhancement...
  30. pmc Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC): protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Helen L McLachlan
    Judith Lumley Centre formerly Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Vic, 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:346. 2014
    ..This trial will evaluate two community-based interventions to increase breastfeeding duration in Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Victoria, Australia...
  31. pmc Feeding infants directly at the breast during the postpartum hospital stay is associated with increased breastfeeding at 6 months postpartum: a prospective cohort study
    Della A Forster
    Judith Lumley Centre formerly Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Royal Women s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMJ Open 5:e007512. 2015
    ..To explore whether feeding only directly from the breast in the first 24-48 h of life increases the proportion of infants receiving any breast milk at 6 months...
  32. doi request reprint Breast pump use amongst mothers of healthy term infants in Melbourne, Australia: A prospective cohort study
    Helene M Johns
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Royal Women s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia Electronic address
    Midwifery 33:82-9. 2016
    ..this paper describes the use of breast pumps amongst a group of mothers of healthy term infants in Melbourne, Australia, between birth and six months post partum...
  33. pmc Exploring the views and experiences of callers to the PANDA Post and Antenatal Depression Association Australian National Perinatal Depression Helpline: a cross-sectional survey
    Laura J Biggs
    Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Level 3, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 15:209. 2015
    ..This study aimed to explore the experiences of callers to the Helpline...
  34. doi request reprint Lived experience of gestational diabetes mellitus among immigrant South Asian women in Australia
    Mridula Bandyopadhyay
    Mother and Child Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 51:360-4. 2011
    ..Despite the higher rates of GDM in this group, there are no studies of their experiences of living with GDM in Australia or elsewhere...
  35. doi request reprint Identifying and supporting women with psychosocial issues during the postnatal period: evaluating an educational intervention for midwives using a before-and-after survey
    Helen L McLachlan
    Mother and Child Health Research, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
    Midwifery 27:723-30. 2011
    ..This study aimed to evaluate an advanced communication skills education package for midwives caring for women during the postnatal period...
  36. pmc Comparing satisfaction and burnout between caseload and standard care midwives: findings from two cross-sectional surveys conducted in Victoria, Australia
    Michelle S Newton
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic, 3086, Australia
    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 14:426. 2014
    ..This study explored midwives' attitudes to their professional role, and also measured burnout in caseload midwives compared to standard care midwives at two sites in Victoria, Australia with newly introduced caseload midwifery models...
  37. doi request reprint Sources of information used by women during pregnancy to meet their information needs
    Heather A Grimes
    Faculty of Health Science, La Trobe University, PO Box 199, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia Electronic address
    Midwifery 30:e26-33. 2014
    ..to explore the information sources used by women during pregnancy to meet their information needs regarding pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period...
  38. pmc Initial breastfeeding attitudes and practices of women born in Turkey, Vietnam and Australia after giving birth in Australia
    Helen L McLachlan
    Clinical School of Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Studies, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 3086, Australia
    Int Breastfeed J 1:7. 2006
    ..This paper describes the initial breastfeeding attitudes and practices of women born in Vietnam, Turkey and Australia who gave birth in Australia...