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Challenges and benefits of conducting parental classes in Sweden: Midwives’ perspectives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (CHAP-Child Health and Parenting)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9127-778X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (CHAP)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
2015 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 6, no 4, 236-242 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

There is lack of knowledge regarding antenatal care midwives' perspectives concerning parental classes provided during pregnancy, and this study aimed to explore midwives' experiences and thoughts about these parental class activities.

Methods

Twenty-six semi-structured, individual, telephone interviews were carried out with midwives at antenatal clinics across Sweden, and the data were analysed using systematic text condensation (STC).

Results

The midwives noted that parental classes were a demanding task, and they appeared to lack the confidence and skills required to manage the classes. They expressed a “need for collaborators to achieve the objectives” (theme 1). The midwives felt that “creating new networks is most valuable for parents” (theme 2), and they were also “striving to give the ‘whole picture’ to both parents” (theme 3), i.e. looking beyond just the delivery. Although they had the ambition, midwives realised it was “not possible to reach all” (theme 4).

Conclusions

Organisational resources as well as developing skills to lead groups are imperative for midwives to fulfil the goals of the parental classes. The midwives are aware that they cannot reach all parents with the group format; thus, it is important to acknowledge the needs of minority populations and develop multidisciplinary collaborations to be able to better address their needs.

Abbreviation

STC, Systematic Text Condensation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, no 4, 236-242 p.
Keyword [en]
Midwife; Parent education class; Experience; Childbirth preparation
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Health Sciences Nursing Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268212DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.05.007ISI: 000366445600008PubMedID: 26614607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268212DiVA: diva2:876184
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Public Health Agency of Sweden , HFA 2008/214
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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