A researcher from City, University of London is seeking to interview midwives on ‘Midwives’ perceptions of supporting normality on obstetric-led labour wards’.
Researcher Meghan Jackson is seeking midwives who are happy to be interviewed as part of her study to explore midwives’ perspectives on their ability to supporting normality in obstetric-led labour wards.
The research is part of a Masters in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care dissertation.
The aim of the research is as follows:
- Examine midwives’ experiences of working in obstetric-led units
- Explore their views on supporting normality in this environment
- Identify barriers to supporting normality and highlight supportive factors
As part of the study, ‘normal birth’ is being defined as: “spontaneous in onset, low-risk at the start of labour and remaining so throughout labour and delivery, with the infant being born spontaneously in the vertex position between 37 and 42 weeks gestation” (WHO, 1997, p.4). The Maternity Care Working Party (MCWP) expanded this definition by excluding the use of drugs or women who have had inductions; epidural, spinal or general anaesthesia; instrumental or caesarean deliveries or episiotomies (MCWP, 2007)”, as outlined by the World Health Organization.
Midwives who are happy to participate will be asked to give a one-to-one interview with the researcher, either face-to-face or on Skype depending on location.
Participants will be asked about their work environment and thoughts, opinions and feelings on supporting normality.
The researcher is a registered midwife and is bound by the code of professional conduct under the Nursing and Midwifery council.
All interviews and results will be anonymous and participants are welcome to withdraw from the research at any time if they wish.
The research is part of a university dissertation and participants are welcome to a copy on request.
If you would like more information on participating in the research, please contact Researcher Meghan Jackson (Meghan.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Supervisor Christine McCourt (Christine.email@example.com).