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The importance of reciprocity in relationships between community-based midwives and mothers

Hunter, Billie 2006. The importance of reciprocity in relationships between community-based midwives and mothers. Midwifery 22 (4) , pp. 308-322. 10.1016/j.midw.2005.11.002

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Objective to explore and understand how midwives perceive and experience decision-making about augmentation of labour. Design focus-group discussions. Setting Stockholm, Sweden. Participants 20 midwives experienced in working in labour wards. Findings five categories were identified that illustrate the factors considered by the midwives to influence decision-making during augmentation of labour: ‘regulations and guidelines’; ‘shortage of delivery rooms’; ‘influence of obstetricians’; ‘women in labour’; and ‘midwives’ professional selves’. The theme identified was how midwives managed to ‘navigate’ these factors, which provided midwives with a decisive influence during the decision-making process. Key conclusions and implications midwife job satisfaction can result from a sense of professional power over the possibility of navigating factors that influence decision-making during augmentation of labour. This sense of power can subsequently influence co-operation with both obstetricians and women during labour.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community-based midwives; Mothers; Relationships; Reciprocity; Emotion work
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0266-6138
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 06:56

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