Caseload midwifery in a multi-ethnic community: the women's experiences

Beake, Sarah, Acosta, Luisa, Cooke, Pauline and McCourt, Christine (2013) Caseload midwifery in a multi-ethnic community: the women's experiences. Midwifery, 29 (8). pp. 996-1002. ISSN 0266-6138

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To evaluate caseload midwifery in a relatively deprived and ethnically diverse inner-city area.

Design and setting

Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 24 women from diverse ethnic backgrounds, 12 of whom had received caseload care and 12 women from an adjacent area who had received conventional maternity care in a large inner-city maternity unit. Framework analysis was adopted drawing on links with the authors' previous work on women's views of caseload midwifery.


Key themes from previous work fitted well with the themes that emerged from this study. Themes included ‘knowing and being known’, ‘person-centred care’, ‘social support’, ‘gaining trust and confidence’, ‘quality and sensitivity of care’ and ‘communication’.

Key conclusions and implications

Women from this socially and ethnically diverse group of women had similar views and wanted similar care to those in previous studies of caseload midwifery. Many of the women receiving caseload care highlighted the close relationship they had with the midwives and as a result of this felt more able to discuss their concerns with them. This has the potential not only for improved quality of care but also improved safety.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.01.003
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Keywords: Caseload midwifery; Continuity; Maternity; Ethnicity
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: David Phillips
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 14:18
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:52


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