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Making physiological birth possible: Birth at a free-standing birth centre in Berlin.
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PMID:  22938796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: the practical training in midwifery education in Germany takes place predominantly in hospital delivery wards, where high rates of intervention and caesarean section prevail. When midwives practice birth assistance at free-standing birth centres, they have to make adjustments to what they learned in the clinic to support women without the interventions common to hospital birth. OBJECTIVES: the primary aim of this study was to investigate and describe the approach of midwives practicing birth assistance at a free-standing birth centre. METHODOLOGY: a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis with grounded theory was used which included semi-structured expert interviews and participant observation. Five midwives were interviewed and nine births observed in the research period. The setting was a free-standing birth centre in a large German city with approximately 115 births per year. FINDINGS: the midwives all had to re-learn birth assistance when commencing work outside of the hospital. However, having been trained predominantly in hospital maternity wards, they have retained many aspects characteristic of their training. The midwives use technology, although minimal, and medical discourse in combination with 1:1, woman-centred care. The birthing woman and midwife share authority at birth. The fetus is treated as an ally of the mother, suited for birth and cooperative. Through use of objective and subjective criteria, the midwives have their own approach to making physiological birth possible. KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: to prepare midwives to support low-intervention birth, it is necessary to include training in birth assistance with women who birth physiologically, without interventions common to hospital birth. The results of this study would also suggest that the rate of interventions in hospital could be reduced if midwives gain more experience with women birthing without the above-mentioned interventions.
Nancy I Stone
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-3     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 © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Geburtshaus Kreuzberg, Müllenhoffstr. 17, 10967 Berlin, Germany.
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