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Uncaring Midwives
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Åbo Akad Univ, Vaasa, Finland.
2008 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 15, no 4, 500-511 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to understand how mothers experiencedmidwives' uncaring behaviour and actions during birth. Sixty-sevenfirst-time mothers took part in the study, in which data werecollected through interview. The interview text was analysedusing hermeneutic text analysis. Nearly half of the mothersinterviewed (n = 32) said that midwives did not care for them.The findings show that midwives' behaviour was humiliating whenthey ignored mothers and held them in contempt. The mothersfelt further humiliated when the midwives did not believe them,treated their bodies in a careless manner and tended to putblame on them. Through their behaviour and actions, some midwiveshave shown that they no longer have a caring attitude as anelement of their professional practice and that they have ignoredethics by offending mothers' sense of dignity.

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Sage journals , 2008. Vol. 15, no 4, 500-511 p.
Keyword [en]
human dignity, midwives and mothers, midwives' attitudes, uncaring
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-2899DOI: 10.1177/0969733008090521ISI: 000257202300011PubMedID: 18515439Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-46149097646OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-2899DiVA: diva2:209509
Available from: 2009-03-25 Created: 2009-03-25 Last updated: 2013-04-15Bibliographically approved

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