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First-time mothers' perspectives on relationships with and between midwives and doctors: insights from a qualitative study of giving birth in New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21903307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: to explore the experience of giving birth for first-time New Zealand mothers.
DESIGN: qualitative methodology was employed to obtain an in-depth insight into the birth experience using semi-structured interviews conducted face-to-face 11 days to 16 weeks (median 13.5 weeks) after giving birth were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim.
SETTING: the interviews were of a small group of New Zealand mothers.
PARTICIPANTS: ten first-time mothers aged 24-38 years (median 31.5 years) participated.
MEASUREMENTS: transcripts were analysed using a phenomenological form of thematic analysis.
FINDINGS: a core theme was relationship issues. Two subthemes were delineated: lack of relationship between mothers and midwives and doctors; and the conflict between midwives and doctors.
KEY CONCLUSIONS: personal, caring and co-operative relationships with all maternity care professionals were basic to New Zealand mothers feeling good about their birth experience.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTISE: relationships, with and between, all maternity care professionals merit further investigation in an effort to optimise birth satisfaction.
Anne M Howarth; Nicola R Swain; Gareth J Treharne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-09-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-23     Completed Date:  2012-12-03     Revised Date:  2014-11-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  489-94     Citation Subset:  N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Delivery, Obstetric / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Mothers / psychology*
New Zealand
Nurse-Patient Relations*
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Patient Participation / psychology*
Patient Satisfaction*
Prenatal Care / methods
Qualitative Research
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