Community midwives' workplace experiences: A case study from a resource-poor country

Mohammad, Yasmeen and Jan, Rafat and McIntyre, Helen and Lakhani, Arusa and Anwar, Shahnaz and Levi, Amy (2015) Community midwives' workplace experiences: A case study from a resource-poor country. British Journal of Midwifery, 23 (12). pp. 886-893. ISSN 09694900

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Abstract

Objective: To explore community midwives' (CMs') experiences with respect to deployment policies and processes developed and used in Pakistan. Methods: A qualitative, descriptive, exploratory design was used; 11 CMs' perspectives were gained through two focus groups. Results: The findings are summarised under a key theme, 'Surviving as community midwives', and four related categories: (1) lack of identity and recognition; (2) state of helplessness; (3) depletion of competence and confidence; (4) unavailability of resources and financial support. Conclusion: The study findings highlight the need for revising the deployment policies, especially those related to the preparation of CMs for working independently in communities; introducing the CMs and their roles within the communities; establishing independent work stations (birthing centres); and streamlining the remuneration processes. The findings recommend greater preparation of district and regional-level government officials by policy makers for the implementation of the new CMs' deployment plan. © 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: AD - Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Teaching Graduate Programme, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing, Pakistan [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Birmingham City University, United States [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Education Program, University of California, San Francisco, United States [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community midwives, Deployment, Pakistan, Workplace experience, exploratory research, helplessness, human, identity, information processing, remuneration, traditional birth attendant, workplace
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Family Health
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:28
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 11:06
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1147

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