Leamon, J. and Viccars, A., 2010. An Evaluation of a midwifery service within a Sure Start Children's Centre. Evidence Based Midwifery, 8 (2), pp. 58-64.
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Background. This paper explores the provision of care provided by midwives who were based within a multi-professional team within a Sure Start Children’s Centre in the south of England over a five-year period. Method. A qualitative evaluation was completed with reference to the targets set out in the UK Department of Health National Service Framework and the Every child matters programme. Focus groups and individual interviews were used to determine the experiences of women, their partners, staff and professionals using the Sure Start midwifery service. Analysis. Qualitative analysis was carried out and themes were identified from the data. Results. Six significant themes emerged: staff and services at the centre; the centre midwives; enabling parents; ‘Bumps and babies’ and ‘Bosom buddies’; parents moving beyond midwifery services within the centre; and social change takes time and commitment. Conclusions. Midwives working within a children’s centre provide a range of services including support to families in the local community. Midwives working in this way act as a resource for a range of local activities and opportunities that can be accessed through children’s centres to enhance parenting skills. These findings are contextual in nature. Recommendations. A multidisciplinary approach to health care that includes maternity care can provide appropriate accessible care for women and their families who are vulnerable and who live in deprived areas.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Midwifery care, Sure Start, evaluation, focus groups, social midwifery model, evidenced based midwifery.|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||Dr Jen Leamon|
|Deposited On:||16 Nov 2010 08:47|
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