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Midwives' experience of organisational and professional change
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3861-7298
Mälardalens University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 355-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: to describe midwives' experiences of changes in their caring role and professional function in postpartum wards in the northern part of Sweden. In this part of the country, three out of eight maternity departments have been closed over the last 5 years. During the same period, hospital stays have reduced in length, and an early discharge model has been introduced. DESIGN: focus-group discussions. SETTING: four focus groups at two hospitals in northern Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: 21 midwives experienced in midwifery practice in maternity wards. FINDINGS: the analysis revealed four categories of comments: 'to have limited time when caring for the mother and the baby'; 'no longer being valued as the expert'; 'a wish to have responsibility for childbirth in its entirety'; 'to see future possibilities in the development of the profession'. The theme identified is 'being ahead in ideas about caring but still partly caught up in the past'. KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: the identified theme of being ahead in ideas about caring but still partly caught up in the past can be understood as representing a transition. The midwives experienced loss and grief over their former midwifery practice, but had ideas and visions for developing and expanding their future professional role. A healthy transition requires support, participation and skilled management.

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2005. Vol. 21, no 4, p. 355-64
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15656DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2005.02.002ISI: 000234033700007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-28344443002Local ID: f32313d0-7328-11db-962b-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-15656DiVA, id: diva2:988631
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Validerad; 2005; 20061110 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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