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"It's like a puzzle": Pregnant women's perceptions of professional support in midwifery care
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Skaraborg Hospital Skövde, Woman, Child (K3), Skövde, Sweden / Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, CHILD-Research Group, Jönköping, Sweden. (Kvinna, barn och familj (WomFam), Woman, Child and Family)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3347-482X
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Kvinna, barn och familj (WomFam), Woman, Child and Family)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0079-3966
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, CHILD-Research Group, Jönköping, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Kvinna, barn och familj (WomFam), Woman, Child and Family)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7510-606X
2016 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 29, no 6, e110-e118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

ProblemPregnant women are not always satisfied with the professional support they receive during their midwifery care. More knowledge is needed to understand what professional support pregnant women need for childbirth and parenting.

BackgroundChildbearing and the transition to becoming a parent is a sensitive period in one's life during which one should have the opportunity to receive professional support. Professional support does not always correspond to pregnant women's needs. To understand pregnant women's needs for professional support within midwifery care, it is crucial to further illuminate women's experiences of this support.

AimTo explore pregnant women's perceptions of professional support in midwifery care.

MethodsA qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Fifteen women were interviewed during gestational weeks 36–38. Data was analysed using phenomenography.

FindingsThe women perceived professional support in midwifery care to be reassuring and emotional, to consist of reliable information, and to be mediated with pedagogical creativity. The professional support facilitated new social contacts, partner involvement and contributed to mental preparedness. The findings of the study were presented in six categories and the category Professional support contributes to mental preparedness was influenced by the five other categories.

ConclusionPregnant women prepare for childbirth and parenting by using several different types of professional support in midwifery care: a strategy that could be described as piecing together a puzzle. When the women put the puzzle together, each type of professional support works as a valuable piece in the whole puzzle. Through this, professional support could contribute to women's mental preparedness for childbirth and parenting.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 29, no 6, e110-e118 p.
Keyword [en]
Professional support, Midwife, Pregnant, Women, Childbirth
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Nursing Other Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12266DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.04.011PubMedID: 27199171ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84967104270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12266DiVA: diva2:929662
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Available from: 2016-05-19 Created: 2016-05-19 Last updated: 2017-02-02Bibliographically approved

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