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Midwifery in english birth centres

Thorgren, Anneli (2006)
Department of Health Sciences
Abstract
In Sweden, there are few alternatives to hospital birth. Midwifery led birth centres are more common abroad. The aim of this study was to investigate midwives views and experiences of working at birth centres in England. Interviews with nine midwives working at three birth centres were performed. The results showed that midwives value their sense of freedom and autonomy of practice. Experiencing natural births by practicing normal midwifery care is seen as very encouraging and many expressed professional development and increased confidence by working in a birth centre. Experiences of flexibility and work-life balance were generally positive. Continuity of care was much appreciated. Negative aspects were mainly associated with high work... (More)
In Sweden, there are few alternatives to hospital birth. Midwifery led birth centres are more common abroad. The aim of this study was to investigate midwives views and experiences of working at birth centres in England. Interviews with nine midwives working at three birth centres were performed. The results showed that midwives value their sense of freedom and autonomy of practice. Experiencing natural births by practicing normal midwifery care is seen as very encouraging and many expressed professional development and increased confidence by working in a birth centre. Experiences of flexibility and work-life balance were generally positive. Continuity of care was much appreciated. Negative aspects were mainly associated with high work pressure, staff shortages and a sometimes demanding work environment. The different localization of the birth centres had both advantages and disadvantages. The main outcome of this study was the autonomy the midwives feel by practicing and promoting normal midwifery care. (Less)
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Thorgren, Anneli
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alternative title
The views and experiences of midwives from three different birth centres.
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Autonomy, Birth centre, Continuity of care, England, Experiences, Midwifery
language
English
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2529416
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  abstract     = {In Sweden, there are few alternatives to hospital birth. Midwifery led birth centres are more common abroad. The aim of this study was to investigate midwives views and experiences of working at birth centres in England. Interviews with nine midwives working at three birth centres were performed. The results showed that midwives value their sense of freedom and autonomy of practice. Experiencing natural births by practicing normal midwifery care is seen as very encouraging and many expressed professional development and increased confidence by working in a birth centre. Experiences of flexibility and work-life balance were generally positive. Continuity of care was much appreciated. Negative aspects were mainly associated with high work pressure, staff shortages and a sometimes demanding work environment. The different localization of the birth centres had both advantages and disadvantages. The main outcome of this study was the autonomy the midwives feel by practicing and promoting normal midwifery care.},
  author       = {Thorgren, Anneli},
  keyword      = {Autonomy, Birth centre, Continuity of care, England, Experiences, Midwifery},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Midwifery in english birth centres},
  year         = {2006},
}