Case-loading midwifery in New Zealand: Bridging the normal/abnormal divide 'with woman'
Davis, D. and Walker, Kim. (2011). Case-loading midwifery in New Zealand: Bridging the normal/abnormal divide 'with woman'. Midwifery (print version). 27(1), pp. 46 - 52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2009.09.007
|Authors||Davis, D. and Walker, Kim|
Objectives: To explore the way that case-loading midwives in New Zealand construct midwifery (and in so doing, the concepts of woman and childbirth). This paper illuminates the fundamental features of this construction (continuity and woman-centred care) and discusses this with regard to the role of midwives vis-à-vis normal/abnormal birth.
Design: Semi-structured interviews and official publications constituted the ‘text’ which was analysed using a poststructural approach that was informed by theorists Foucault, Grosz and Braidotti.
Participants and setting 48 case-loading midwives practising throughout New Zealand participated in this study. These included facility-employed and self-employed midwives and those from rural and urban settings.
Findings: Many midwives follow women through their maternity experience providing continuity of care regardless of whether the experience is considered ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’.
Key conclusions: Continuity and woman-centred care are fundamental features of the construction of midwifery in New Zealand.
Implications for practice: A focus on the midwifery concept of ‘with woman’ can bridge the divide between the polarising concepts ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ and enable a more fluid and dynamic reading of midwifery.
|Journal||Midwifery (print version)|
|Journal citation||27 (1), pp. 46 - 52|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2009.09.007|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613809001247|
|Page range||46 - 52|
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