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Mapping the emotional terrain of midwifery: what can we see and what lies ahead?

Hunter, Billie 2010. Mapping the emotional terrain of midwifery: what can we see and what lies ahead? International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion 3 (3) , pp. 253-269. 10.1504/IJWOE.2010.032925

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Greater understanding of midwives' emotion work could potentially improve practitioner/client and collegial relationships, and inform future organisation and delivery of maternity care. However, midwives' emotion work remains relatively unrecognised and under-investigated. Drawing on a previous paper (Hunter, 2001), I contrast previous and current knowledge in the field. Four key areas appear significant: impact of work context and organisation; midwife-woman relationships; collegial relationships; emotion work as coercion or gift? More research is needed into how midwives manage emotions and learn emotion management skills. Trends towards ''high tech but low care solutions'' (Kirkham, 2009, p.237) have implications for future emotion work study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion work; Boundary work; Midwife-woman relationships; Midwives; Collegial relationships; Care deficits; Midwifery; Practitioner-client relationships; Maternity care; Coercion; Emotions management; High tech solutions; Low care solutions; Work organisation; Virtual feelings; Visceral feelings.
Publisher: Inderscience
ISSN: 1740-8938
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 06:59

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