Creating a Safe Haven : Women's Experiences of the Midwife's Professional Skills During Planned Home Birth in Four Nordic Countries

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Creating a Safe Haven : Women's Experiences of the Midwife's Professional Skills During Planned Home Birth in Four Nordic Countries
Author(s) Sjöblom, Ingela ; Idvall, Ewa ; Lindgren, Helena ; Nordic homebirth research group
Date 2014
English abstract
Objective The midwife assisting a birth has a considerable influence on the woman's experience of the birth. The aim of this study was to investigate the experience of the midwife's professional skills among women in Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden who chose a planned home birth. Design and Setting All known home birth midwives were asked to inform the mothers about the project and invite them to complete a questionnaire about different aspects of their home birth experience. Method The women were asked to assess 10 different aspects of the midwives' professional skills on a 4-graded scale below the main question: What was your experience of the midwife who assisted the labor? Furthermore, the mothers' experiences with the attending midwives were identified in the free text birth stories. The chosen method was a mixed method design. Findings The home birth midwives' professional skills were generally high scored. No statistically significant differences were found with respect to the assessment of the midwife. The content analyses yielded one overarching theme: The competence and presence of the midwife creates a safe haven, and three categories, midwife's safe hand, midwife's caring approach, and midwife's peaceful presence. Conclusion Women choosing a home birth in the four Nordic countries experienced that their midwives were highly skilled and they found the presence of the midwives valuable in helping them to feel safe and confident during birth. Despite differences in organization and guidelines for home births, the women's experience of the midwife's professional skills did not differ between the four countries.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/birt.12092 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Birth;1
Volume 47
ISSN 0730-7659
Pages 100-107
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) home birth
midwife
mixed method
professional skills
women's experience
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18091 (link to this page)

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