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Midwife interactions with birth support people in Melbourne, Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15337283     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: to investigate midwife experience of the presence of birth support people in the delivery suite. PARTICIPANTS: eighteen midwives working in three hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, who were interviewed over a 3 month period in 2001. METHODS: informant views were gathered via semi-structured interviews. Interviews were transcribed and analysed for key concepts and central themes that were then compared to existing literature. FINDINGS: all midwives were supportive of the presence of birth support people to assist birthing women. The midwives were of the view that birth support people were not well prepared for the birth process, however, and did not generally have clear ideas about what support was necessary or required. Midwives indicated that the presence of birth support people in the birth room added to their workload and sometimes increased the difficulty of providing care to the birthing woman. KEY CONCLUSIONS: while the presence of birth support people is now commonplace in most Western medical systems, the presence of these birth support people may result in additional workload and stress for midwives. This aspect of the work of midwives requires greater investigation.
JaneMaree Maher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0266-6138     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-31     Completed Date:  2004-11-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-80     Citation Subset:  N    
Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne VIC 3800, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Continuity of Patient Care / standards
Cooperative Behavior*
Delivery, Obstetric / nursing*
Infant, Newborn
Midwifery / standards*
Nurse-Patient Relations*
Nursing Evaluation Research
Nursing, Team / organization & administration
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Social Support*
Visitors to Patients*

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