van der Hulst, L. A.M., van Teijlingen, E., Bonsel, G. J., Eskes, M., Birnie, E. and Bleker, O. P., 2007. Dutch women's decision-making in pregnancy and labour as seen through the eyes of their midwives. Midwifery, 23 (3), pp. 279-286.
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Objective a national study of midwives’ perceptions of women's decision-making in the technical interventions in the birth process. Design questionnaire survey of women and their midwives. Midwives completed a maternity record for each woman in the study after the birth, and the women completed a demographic questionnaire at to 20–24 weeks gestation. Setting a stratified sample of 25 Dutch midwifery practices based on rural or urban location. Each of these 25 independent practices agreed to approach 25 eligible consecutive pregnant women on a randomly assigned day. Participants in total 637 women were invited and 625 participated (response rate 98%). Findings and key conclusions midwives reported that they had a large influence in the decision to refer a woman to an obstetrician, but far and far less so when it comes to decisions around taking pharmaceutical pain relief. Midwives felt women had least say in the decision around augmentation of labour and most in the decision to sweep the membranes, whilst obstetricians had most input in the decision around primary induction of labour and least in the decision to refer from primary to secondary care. Our analysis indicated that midwives saw younger women (29 and younger) as having more influence in the decision-making process than old ones. Our analysis suggests there might be a tension between midwives own professional ideology and their non-interventionist focus and women's choice, which leads to an increase in medicalisation of childbirth.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||The Netherlands; Decision-making; Low-risk pregnancy; Maternity care|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||TEMP RESEARCH|
|Deposited On:||22 Feb 2010 20:11|
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