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An exploration and description of student midwives' experiences in offering continuous labour support to women/couples
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7510-606X
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, SE 541 28 Skövde, Sweden; Department of Woman and Child Health, Division of Reproductive and Perinatal Health Care, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, SE 541 28 Skövde, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 451-459Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim

to explore and describe the student midwife's experiences in offering continuous labour support. 

Design

a qualitative research design was chosen. Each student midwife offered continuous labour support to five women/couples and wrote narratives about each of these occasions. Written narratives from 11 student midwives were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Findings

when student midwives offer continuous labour support to women/couples, they try to establish rapport. When this works, their presence, their sense of confidence and their ability to offer reassurance increase. If establishing rapport does not work, students experience a sense of powerlessness, a need for reassurance and a lack of confidence. Key conclusions offering continuous labour support to women and/or their partners made the students aware of the importance of establishing rapport, and it made them realise the impact that their mere presence in the room could have. The students had a need for reassurance which could hamper their efforts to establish rapport. Experiencing a lack of confidence made students focus more strongly on their clinical skills and on their perceived role as a student midwife.Implications for practice this study can initiate discussions about how student midwives learn to be supportive, as well as about the role models that students encounter during their clinical training in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2008. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 451-459
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25760DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2007.05.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25760DiVA, id: diva2:551042
Note

Stina Thorstensson is also affiliated to School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, SE 541 28 Skövde, Sweden

Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-10 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Professional support in childbearing, a challenging act of balance
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2012. p. 84
Series
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 39
Keywords
Professional support, social support, education, attitudes, childbearing, motherhood, mother-infant interaction, ceasarean birth, ideology in practice
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-22290 (URN)978-91-7668-874-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-09-26, Portalen, Insikten, plan 1, Högskolan i Skövde, Skövde, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-03-29 Created: 2012-03-29 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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