Volume 10 (2011)

CJMRP-Volume 10-2011

Midwives' Belief in Normal Birth: The Canadian Survey of Maternity Care Providers’ Attitudes Toward Labour and Birth

Patricia McNiven, RM, PhD, Michael C. Klein, MD, Nazli Baradaran, MD, Jocelyn Tomkinson, BSc, Stephen J. C. Hearps, BPsyc, PGDipPsyc, Lee Saxell, RM, MA

ABSTRACT
Background: Midwifery has been integrated into the health care systems of over half of Canadian provinces and territories. While there are differences in legislation and payment mechanisms, the model of midwifery is fairly similar...

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Becoming and Being a Midwife: A Theoretical Analysis of Why Midwives Leave the Profession

Carol Cameron, RM

ABSTRACT
Since the introduction of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program in 1993, the attrition rate of midwives early (< six years) in their careers has been on the rise. The study aimed to develop an understanding of the reasons why graduate midwives leave the profession. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with nine former midwives, all graduates...

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Why Do Midwives Stay? A Descriptive Study of Retention in Ontario Midwives

Nicole Versaevel BSW, BHSc, MSc

ABSTRACT
This descriptive, exploratory study was designed to examine why Ontario midwives stay in clinical practice. All registered midwives in the province were invited to complete a Web based survey and a response rate of 37% was ascertained. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze quantitative data while inductive content analysis was employed to analyze...

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With Woman in Perinatal Loss

Lynlee Spencer, RM

ABSTRACT
This paper explores how women experience perinatal loss, and how midwives can be supportive under these circumstances. It examines both the features of perinatal loss that unite women into a subculture of bereaved mothers, as well as some sociocultural issues, such as poverty, that can compound their grief. It also addresses the limited professional training that...

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Birth at Home – At Home With Birth

Susan James, PhD

ABSTRACT
In Canada, homebirth and midwifery seem to be inseparable. Prior to regulation, women wanting homebirths sought midwives and women wanting midwifery care often gave birth at home. Choice of birthplace, including the option of homebirth became a central tenet of regulated midwifery across the country. In this paper, the experience of homebirth is explored. Women...

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section: Outcomes of Women Receiving Midwifery Care in Ontario

Elizabeth K. Darling, BAS (Hons), BHS, MSc, RM, PhD Candidate

ABSTRACT
Providing care to women with a history of cesarean section is within the scope of practice of Canadian midwives, and midwifery care may be of benefit to women who plan a vaginal birth after cesarean section. This retrospective cohort study describes the birth...

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