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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.
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PMID:  21903307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand; Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand.
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