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Embedding Physical Activity Guidance During Pregnancy and in Postpartum Care: ‘This Mum Moves’ Enhances Professional Practice of Midwives and Health Visitors

Taylor, Katrina Ann, De Vivo, Marlize, Mills, Hayley, Hurst, Phil, Draper, Stacey, Foad, Abby (2023) Embedding Physical Activity Guidance During Pregnancy and in Postpartum Care: ‘This Mum Moves’ Enhances Professional Practice of Midwives and Health Visitors. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 69 (1). pp. 101-109. ISSN 1542-2011. (doi:10.1111/jmwh.13547) (KAR id:102186)


Introduction: The benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and after childbirth are well established, yet many health care professionals do not feel well equipped to provide physical activity guidance to these populations. As such, the objectives of this study were to explore the immediate and longer term effects of training on health care professionals’ ability to provide physical activity guidance to pregnant women and new mothers (mums).

Methods: Midwives and health visitors from 5 locations in the United Kingdom were provided with training on the Chief Medical Officers' physical activity guidelines for pregnancy and after childbirth (n = 393). Midwives and health visitors attended training to become This Mum Moves Ambassadors, then disseminated education to colleagues through a cascade training model. Changes in knowledge, confidence, and professional practice were assessed by survey before and immediately after training (n = 247), and follow‐up surveys were completed 3 (n = 35) and 6 (n = 34) months posttraining.

Results: At all posttraining time points, health care professionals reported a significant increase in their confidence to communicate about physical activity (P < .001). The reported frequency of having conversations about physical activity increased significantly 3 and 6 months following training compared with baseline (pregnant women, P = .017; new mums, P = .005). There were changes in the types of advice and resources offered by health care professionals and an overall increase in health care professionals’ own reported physical activity levels.

Discussion: The This Mum Moves cascade approach to delivering training in physical activity guidelines improved reported knowledge, confidence and professional practice of midwives and health visitors, both immediately following and 3 and 6 months after training.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jmwh.13547
Uncontrolled keywords: education, postpartum, prenatal, pregnancy, physical activity, active
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: The National Lottery Community Fund (
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2023 14:38 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 15:43 UTC
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