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Exploring midwives' professional support during labour: an observation and interview study
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7510-606X
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden.
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Abstract [en]

Support in labor has impact on the childbirth experience as well as on childbirth outcomes. Both social and professional support is needed. The aim of this study was to explore midwifery professional support during labor in relation to the needs of the woman and her partner. A qualitative descriptive design using triangulation with observation followed by interviews were chosen. Seven midwives were observed when caring for seven women/couples in labor. After the observations individual interviews with midwives, women and their partner was conducted. Data was analyzed using hermeneutical text interpretation. The results is presented with three themes; 1) Support as professional task seems unclear and less well-defined than medical controls, 2) Midwives and parents express somewhat different supportive ideas about how to create a sense of security and 3) Partner and midwife interacting in support of the woman. The main interpretation show that midwives supportive role during labor could be understood as them mainly adopting the “with institution” ideology in contrast to the “with woman” ideology. This may increase the risk of women and their partner perceiving lack of support during labor. The organization need to increase efficiency by providing support for professionals to adopt the “with woman” ideology.

Keywords [en]
professional support, social support, childbirth, labor, midwife
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25762DiVA, id: diva2:551059
Note

Stina Thorstensson is also affiliated to School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-10 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Professional support in childbearing, a challenging act of balance
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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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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