Being a homebirth midwife in the Nordic countries : a phenomenological study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Being a homebirth midwife in the Nordic countries : a phenomenological study
Author(s) Sjöblom, Ingela ; Lundgren, Ingela ; Idwall, Ewa ; Lindgren, Helena
Date 2015
English abstract
Objective: To describe the lived experience of being a home birth midwife in the Nordic countries. Method: Interviews conducted with 21 home birth midwives from the five Nordic countries were analyzed with a phenomenological approach. Results: The essential structure of being a home birth midwife in the Nordic countries can be understood as realizing altruistic values and fulfilling one's own desires for working life, by facilitating the desires of the women giving birth. By being "active-passive" - using all her senses and letting her intuition lead her - the midwife supports women during labor and birth. Medical skills, evidence-based knowledge and experience are important for providing the optimal care in each situation. Further this becomes the midwife's chosen lifestyle, which alters her own self, making her available to assist the mother-to-be in fulfilling her wishes for a good birth. Finally, being able to use one's own full potential during a homebirth is experienced as the ideal way of working as a midwife, practicing the art of midwifery. Conclusion: The experience of being a home birth midwife in the Nordic countries includes making an adaption to a lifestyle that is considered the basis for a satisfactory and rewarding way of working. A sense of fulfillment is achieved through experiencing the possibility to work according to one's own ideals concerning the art of midwifery. The beliefs about the women's ability to give birth and understanding the importance of a positive birth for both the mother and the newborn baby are essential.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2015.02.004 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare;
Volume 6
ISSN 1877-5756
Pages 126-131
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Midwives
home birth
relationship
art of midwifery
altruism
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19982 (link to this page)

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