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“It's like a puzzle”: Pregnant women's perceptions of professional support in midwifery care
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. University of Skövde.
University of Skövde.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Futurum Akademi for Health and Care Region Jönköping County.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0156-6677
University of Skövde.
2016 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 29, no 6, e110-e118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Problem

Pregnant women are not always satisfied with the professional support they receive during their midwifery care. More knowledge is needed to understand what professional support pregnant women need for childbirth and parenting.

Background

Childbearing and the transition to becoming a parent is a sensitive period in one's life during which one should have the opportunity to receive professional support. Professional support does not always correspond to pregnant women's needs. To understand pregnant women's needs for professional support within midwifery care, it is crucial to further illuminate women's experiences of this support.

Aim

To explore pregnant women's perceptions of professional support in midwifery care.

Methods

A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Fifteen women were interviewed during gestational weeks 36–38. Data was analysed using phenomenography.

Findings

The women perceived professional support in midwifery care to be reassuring and emotional, to consist of reliable information, and to be mediated with pedagogical creativity. The professional support facilitated new social contacts, partner involvement and contributed to mental preparedness. The findings of the study were presented in six categories and the category Professional support contributes to mental preparedness was influenced by the five other categories.

Conclusion

Pregnant women prepare for childbirth and parenting by using several different types of professional support in midwifery care: a strategy that could be described as piecing together a puzzle. When the women put the puzzle together, each type of professional support works as a valuable piece in the whole puzzle. Through this, professional support could contribute to women's mental preparedness for childbirth and parenting.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 29, no 6, e110-e118 p.
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Professional support, Midwife, Pregnant, Women, Childbirth
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30680DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.04.011ISI: 000393092900003PubMedID: 27199171ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84967104270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30680DiVA: diva2:940157
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved

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