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Free Content Midwifery Care: Reflections of Midwifery Clients

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The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experience of midwifery clients throughout the life span. A qualitative study using a phenomenological approach was employed. In-depth interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 12 midwifery clients. The research question was: What has been your experience with midwifery care? Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data saturation was achieved and analysis procedures from Colaizzi were used. Five themes emerged from the data: 1) decision to seek midwifery care; 2) working together in a therapeutic alliance; 3) formulating a birth plan; 4) childbirth education; and 5) nurse-midwives as primary health-care providers throughout the life span. There is much to learn from listening to the voices of midwifery clients.

Keywords: childbirth; midwifery care; nurse-midwives; phenomenology; women's health care

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812410X530929

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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