Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1097/JPN.0000000000000321
Title: A Qualitative Study on Midwives' Perceptions of Physiologic Birth in Singapore
Authors: Wong, Cassandra Yuit Wah
Shorey, Shefaly 
Liew, Kelly
He, Hong-Gu
Koh, Serena SL 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nursing
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pediatrics
barriers
facilitators
midwives
perception
physiologic birth
MATERNITY CARE PROVIDERS
DECISION-MAKING
CHILDBIRTH
EXPERIENCES
LABOR
WOMEN
MIDWIFERY
SUPPORT
NURSES
PREGNANCY
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2018
Publisher: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS
Citation: Wong, Cassandra Yuit Wah, Shorey, Shefaly, Liew, Kelly, He, Hong-Gu, Koh, Serena SL (2018-10-01). A Qualitative Study on Midwives' Perceptions of Physiologic Birth in Singapore. JOURNAL OF PERINATAL & NEONATAL NURSING 32 (4) : 315-323. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1097/JPN.0000000000000321
Abstract: Midwives are advocates for parturients, and their actions and attitudes can influence a woman's experience during childbirth. Hence, it is valuable to examine midwives' perceptions of physiologic birth in an obstetric-led environment. A descriptive, qualitative study design was utilized. Semistructured face-to-face interviews were conducted with 10 registered midwives from the birthing suite of a public hospital in Singapore. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Three major themes were (1) perceptions of physiologic birth, (2) perceived facilitators of physiologic birth, and (3) perceived barriers to physiologic birth. Interestingly, senior midwives in this study experienced more negative outcomes with physiologic birth, resulting in apprehension and reduced confidence levels. This study contributed to the understanding of midwives' perceptions regarding facilitators and barriers to physiologic birth. Factors such as supporting birthing team and antepartum education could be useful in supporting physiologic birth. However, advanced age of some of the midwives was found in this study to be a barrier to physiologic birth.
Source Title: JOURNAL OF PERINATAL & NEONATAL NURSING
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/226896
ISSN: 0893-2190
1550-5073
DOI: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000321
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