Challenges and benefits of conducting parental classes in Sweden: Midwives’ perspectives
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
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.
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).
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).
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.
STC, Systematic Text Condensation
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, no 4, 236-242 p.
Midwife; Parent education class; Experience; Childbirth preparation
Health Sciences Nursing Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268212DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.05.007ISI: 000366445600008PubMedID: 26614607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268212DiVA: diva2:876184
FunderPublic Health Agency of Sweden , HFA 2008/214