The experiences of midwives and women during intrapartum transfer from one-to-one midwife-led birth environments to obstetric-led units

Sosa, Georgina A, Crozier, Kenda E and Stockl, Andrea (2018) The experiences of midwives and women during intrapartum transfer from one-to-one midwife-led birth environments to obstetric-led units. Midwifery, 65. pp. 43-50. ISSN 0266-6138

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the transition from midwifery one-to-one support in labour within a midwife-led birth environment to an obstetricled unit from the perspectives of midwives and women. Design: Ethnographic study. Data was collected from eleven transfers to an obstetric-led unit. The transfer process was observed for four women. Semi-structured interviews were completed following the births with eleven women and eleven midwives. Nine maternity records were also analysed. Setting: An alongside midwife-led unit, freestanding midwife-led unit, women's homes in England. Findings: Territorial behaviour was the main theme experienced by midwives when transferring women to obstetric-led units. Territorial behaviour manifested itself as a feeling of 'us versus them' behaviours, 'feeling under scrutiny' and being aware of 'conflicting ideologies'. For women there were four themes that had an impact on their experiences of transfer obstetric-led units including: (1) their midwife continuing the care on the labour ward, (2) having time to adjust to their new situation, (3) all staff introducing themselves and (4) not being separated from their baby for long periods of time. Conclusion and implications for practice: Transfer from a midwife-led birth environment to an obstetric-led unit is a stressful situation for midwives and women. This paper highlights how territorial behaviours impacted negatively for midwives during transfer to an obstetric-led unit. More research is required to understand territorial behaviours within the maternity services and how more respectful compassionate working relationships can be created. Additionally, from the perspective of women this paper highlights four aspects of care that positively impacted on the experiences of women and even helped them to build resilience to cope with the change of location, situation, medical interventions and new carers when transferring to an obstetric-led unit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: one-to-one,1:1,midwifery,transfer,labour support,ethnographic
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 09:30
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 00:57
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67611
DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.07.001

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