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Ways of Relating During Childbirth: An ethical responsibility and challenge for midwives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård/Essén)
2005 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 12, no 6, 606-621 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The way in which midwives relate to expectant parents during the process of childbirth greatly influences the parents´childbirth experiences for a long time. We believe that examining and describing ways of relating in naturally occurring interactions during childbirth should be considered as an ethical responsibility. This has been highlighted in relation to parents´experiences and in the light of the relational ethics of Logstrup. Four couples´and nine midwives´ways of relating were documented by 27 hours of observation, including 14,5 hours of video-recording sessions. A qualitative content analysis was conducted. The midwives strongly influenced the different ways of relating and three aspects of professional competence were disclosed. The results can contribute to reflections about current praxis as an ethical demand for midwives.

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2005. Vol. 12, no 6, 606-621 p.
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childbirth, ethics, midwifery, ways of relating
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-74715DOI: 10.1191/0969733005ne831oaPubMedID: 16312089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-74715DiVA: diva2:102625
Available from: 2005-11-03 Created: 2005-11-03 Last updated: 2010-05-27Bibliographically approved

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