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Demanding and rewarding : Midwives experiences of starting a continuity of care project in rural Sweden

Larsson, Birgitta ; Thies-Lagergren, Li LU orcid ; Karlström, Annika and Hildingsson, Ingegerd (2021) In European Journal of Midwifery 5(3). p.1-9
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INTRODUCTION The closure of a local labor ward enhanced the possibility to initiate a continuity of midwifery care model project. Continuity models of midwifery care are a cornerstone in midwifery and women-centered care, mainly accessible in metropolitan areas. Australian studies have found continuity of midwifery care to work well in rural areas. The aim of this study is to describe midwives’ experiences of developing and working in a continuity of midwifery model of care in a rural setting in Sweden. METHODS We used a qualitative longitudinal interview with a participatory action research approach. The project was subjected to changes over time to allow the midwives to provide the best care options and to develop a model suitable for... (More)

INTRODUCTION The closure of a local labor ward enhanced the possibility to initiate a continuity of midwifery care model project. Continuity models of midwifery care are a cornerstone in midwifery and women-centered care, mainly accessible in metropolitan areas. Australian studies have found continuity of midwifery care to work well in rural areas. The aim of this study is to describe midwives’ experiences of developing and working in a continuity of midwifery model of care in a rural setting in Sweden. METHODS We used a qualitative longitudinal interview with a participatory action research approach. The project was subjected to changes over time to allow the midwives to provide the best care options and to develop a model suitable for a rural area in northern Sweden. RESULTS The overarching theme, ‘Developing a continuity model of midwifery care - demanding and rewarding with new insights’, was based on three themes: 1) A challenging but evolving start, 2) Varying views within the midwifery group, and 3) Visions for the future. It was revealed that the midwives had to handle the grief process of the closure of the labor ward alongside their enthusiasm of being part of a continuity of midwifery care model project. CONCLUSIONS The establishment of the model in light of the labor ward closure was associated with conflict within the community and this had implications for the midwives. Midwives who are attracted to work in continuity models need to understand and incorporate the prerequisites of such models. In addition, long commuting to a labor ward requires enough midwives to maintain safety and security for the women at all times.

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caseload, continuity, interview, midwifery, rural area
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European Journal of Midwifery
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European Publishing
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10.18332/ejm/133573
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