Midwives without children

Rowan, Cathy (2003) Midwives without children. British Journal of Midwifery, 11 (1). pp. 28-33. ISSN 0969-4900

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This qualitative study using a phenomenological approach was undertaken to explore the feelings and experiences of midwives who did not have children, in relation to their work with mothers and babies. Fifteen midwives were interviewed from differing trusts. Participation was voluntary following invitation. Semistructured interviews were undertaken and major themes that arose from these were identified. Nearly all of the midwives interviewed in the study had been asked if they had their own children, and most did not mind, seeing this as a way of making conversation. Some felt the question could be intrusive and imply that the midwife might lack insight or understanding. Many midwives responded to the question with humour and there was usually no further discussion on the subject. Midwives felt that personal experience of childbirth would not make them better midwives and that sometimes those without children could be more objective in giving care and offering choice. This paper discussed the themes from the interviews with reference to relevant literature.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjom.2003.11.1.11009
Subjects: Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 15:05
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:39
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/126

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