The midwife's ultimate paradox: a UK-based study of the death of a mother

R Mander


to identify the meaning of the death of a mother to the midwife providing care for her. a qualitative study in which the fieldwork comprised mainly semistructured telephone interviews. Data were also collected by letters and e-mail correspondence. the midwife informants are based in the UK. because of the sensitive nature of the topic, a volunteer sample of midwives who had 'experienced' the death of a mother was appropriate. Further 'non-experienced' midwives were recruited using a snowball technique. the midwife's experience of the death of a mother is comparable with that of emergency personnel attending large-scale disasters. It features images intruding, identifying with those involved, encountering death and being unprepared. the midwife faces a number of psychological challenges following the death of a mother, which justify this event being considered as a disaster. The findings of implications for practice: this study suggests that there may be a need for cultural change among midwives. It is possible that changes in midwifery education and in the midwife's continuing education may facilitate this.


Oct 8, 2009·Health Care for Women International·William McCoolLindsay Dauphinee
Aug 8, 2014·Maternal and Child Health Journal·Rhoda Suubi MuliiraFred Lwasampijja

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