Expectations of pregnant women regarding antenatal care
- Authors: Baloyi, Johanna Mmabojalwa
- Date: 2012-02-27
- Subjects: Prenatal care , Pregnancy , Midwives , Childbirth
- Type: Mini-Dissertation
- Identifier: uj:2077 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4424
- Description: M.Cur. , The study aims at exploring and describing the expectations that pregnant women have of an antenatal care clinic service and the formulation of guidelines for the implementation of an effective antenatal care service by the midwife practitioner. In-depth interviews were conducted with a sample of eighteen pregnant women in this study. Methods of data analysis according to Tesch (1990) were applied. Guba and Lincoln's method of ensuring trustworthiness was adopted. Literature control was undertaken to compare the findings of this study with those of other previous studies. Women displayed several common expectations that led to the saturation of data. The conclusions that were reached led to the notation of limitations, recommendations for nursing practice, education, research and the formulation of guidelines for the midwife practitioner for the implementation of effective antenatal care, based on the identified expectations.
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The reasons for choosing a private practising midwife as birth attendant
- Authors: De Maayer, Ivy Lucy
- Date: 2011-11-24
- Subjects: Midwives , Midwifery , Prenatal care , Postnatal care , Childbirth at home
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:1740 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4089
- Description: M.Cur. , Few South African studies have been done with regard to private midwives and their clients. The practices of these midwives are overloaded, indicating a growing need for their services. An exploratory, contextual and descriptive study was undertaken to investigate some of the issues relating to the practice of the private midwife. This was done from the perspective ofthe women attending these practices. The aims of this study were to explore and describe how women experience the care they receive from their private midwives in Gauteng during antenatal visits, labour and postnatal contacts; to explore and describe the reasons for clients of private midwives in Gauteng to choose an independent midwife as birth attendant and to explore how these clients get to hear about their midwives. Eight women, attending a total of two different midwifery practices, were interviewed. The main categories that emerged from analysing the women's experience of private midwifery care were that the midwives were caring, family orientated, informative, knowledgeable, guiding and unintrusive. Time was both respected and given by the midwives. The midwives saw childbirth as a normal and natural process. The midwives empowered the women and left them in control oftheir childbirth. A mutual, intimate relationship was formed between the women and their midwives, which was based on trust and continuity of care. The women felt they were treated as unique individuals. One woman related some negative aspects ofthe care she received. A variety of reasons were given for choosing a private midwife as birth attendant. Some had specific wishes for their birth, such as a homebirth and knew that private midwives would grant them Other reasons included cost effectiveness, control over childbirth, one on one care, shorter waiting periods, longer consulting times and wanting an experienced birth attendant. Previous negative experience with staff at government hospitals and private gynaecologists; and hearing about positive experiences with private midwives also contributed to women opting for independent midwives. The women got to hear about their private midwives through their general practitioner, obstetrician, antenatal class instructor, friends, family members or health professional that delivered a previous baby. These research findings were supported by existing literature and recommendations were made to midwifery practice, education and research.
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