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Slovenian midwifery professionalisation: Perception of midwives and related health professions.

Mivšek, P., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Pahor, M. and Hlebec, V., 2021. Slovenian midwifery professionalisation: Perception of midwives and related health professions. European Journal of Midwifery, 5 (July), 30.

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DOI: 10.18332/ejm/137664


Introduction: This article presents research into the professionalisation of midwifery in Slovenia. Since recognition by related occupations is important for professions, this comparative study asked doctors and nurses in Slovenia about their perceptions of the status of midwifery. Method: A questionnaire survey was conducted with 300 Slovenian midwives, 666 nurses and 416 obstetricians. The questionnaire included statements covering traditional sociological notions of the profession (ethics, theory, power), and three notions based on new elements of professionalism (reflective practice, interdisciplinary working and partnership with clients). Results: Results suggest that nurses perceived themselves to be less autonomous than midwives, and this partly explains why most nurses thought that midwifery should be a specialised course of study, after the general nursing diploma. Obstetricians claimed to support midwives, however they did not give midwives credit for basic midwifery competencies and did not feel midwifery to be equal to their profession. Midwives revealed not to feel autonomous; they felt that nursing and obstetrics is jeopardizing independent midwifery practice. Discussion with conclusion: Slovenian midwifery was poorly evaluated in some attributes of professionalism, especially knowledge and autonomy. Even midwives themselves consider midwifery more occupation than profession. The autonomy of midwifery will be hard to achieve in the institutions of medical dominance. The study revealed that participants of all three groups are in a competitive relation and are poorly aware of the roles and competencies of other two professions. Therefore, partially joined education might be beneficial in order to promote interprofessional collaboration in the future.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Professionalisation; Slovenia; competition; Professionalism; Midwifery; Occupation
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35569
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Jun 2021 12:07
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:27


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