Midwife to Mid Wif: A Study in Caseload Midwifery

Stevens, Trudy (2003) Midwife to Mid Wif: A Study in Caseload Midwifery. Doctoral thesis, Thames Valley University.

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This thesis explores the implications of individual caseload practice for midwives.
Over the past fifty years childbirth in England has become predominantly hospital oriented, with midwives forced to meet the needs of the institution rather than those of childbearing women. In 1994 a change in government policy for the materinity serives attempted to address the dissatisfaction felt by mothers and midwives. The model of caseload midwifery was developed from their recommendations.
This study explores the implementation of caseload midwifery within a highly medicalised inner-city NHS maternity service. Working in partnership, within small groups, each midwife carried a caseload of 40 women per year. No longer based in the conventional hospital or community services, the midwife worked where and when appropriate, to meet the needs of these women.
The research was undertaken over 46 months using the ethnographic approach. A variety of data collection methods and analyses were used iteratively, in a process of responsive focusing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Identifier: 10.36828/xvqy1557
Subjects: Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Marc Forster
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2024 07:17
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2024 10:16
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11557


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