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Experiences of workplace adversity among midwives in labour wards of tertiary hospitals in northern Nigeria

Musa, Halima Abdul, Hunter, Billie ORCID:, Warren, Lucie ORCID: and Sakellariou, Dikaios ORCID: 2023. Experiences of workplace adversity among midwives in labour wards of tertiary hospitals in northern Nigeria. African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health 17 (3) , pp. 1-11. 10.12968/ajmw.2022.0028

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Background/AimsMidwifery has been described as an emotionally charged profession. It can be even more demanding as a result of the staff shortages and lack of resources often encountered in low- and middle-income countries. In Nigeria, there are high maternal and infant mortality rates, shortages in the midwifery workforce and a high prevalence of stress among midwives. The aim of this study was to explore midwives' experiences of workplace adversity and resilience in tertiary hospitals in northern Nigeria. MethodsThis study used a constructivist grounded theory approach. Data were collected via in-depth face-to-face interviews and field notes. A total of 34 interviews were conducted in two phases, with purposive and theoretical samples of midwives across two tertiary institutions in northern Nigeria. The iterative process of grounded theory methodology was used for data analysis. ResultsSignificant adversity was caused by a severe lack of human and material resources, leading to an excessive workload. The nature of the work was characterised by high numbers of obstetric emergencies and attending to traumatic births. ConclusionsMidwives working in tertiary hospitals in northern Nigeria experience workplace adversity fuelled by high caseloads, workforce shortages, a lack of basic equipment and consumables, an unsupportive working atmosphere and attending traumatic births. More investment in Nigerian maternity services is needed to improve quality of care provision, reduce adversity in the midwifery workforce and enhance staff retention.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1759-7374
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2023
Date of Acceptance: 27 February 2023
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 06:22

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