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Midwifery work and the making of narrative

Maher, Jane-Maree and Souter, Kay Torney 2002, Midwifery work and the making of narrative, Nursing inquiry, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 37-42, doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1800.2002.00123.x.

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Title Midwifery work and the making of narrative
Author(s) Maher, Jane-Maree
Souter, Kay Torney
Journal name Nursing inquiry
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 42
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1320-7881
Keyword(s) funding source
pilot studies
semi-structured interview
data analysis
qualitative studies
nursing role
nurse-patient relations
attitude of health personnel
Summary This paper draws on a study of birth support conducted across three Melbourne maternity units. Midwife informants were asked to participate in semistructured interviews with two researchers and describe the activity and role of lay birth support people. In the course of the study, the activity of the midwives themselves became a research focus. The study found that one of the key tasks midwives described was assisting birthing women to develop and negotiate satisfactory birth narratives that could encompass the intense and sometimes difficult experience of birth. Midwife informants offered strategies for the development of such narratives as part of their professional and personal labour in the birth room.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1800.2002.00123.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Wiley
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