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Title: Networking of independent midwives in Switzerland
Authors : Krahl, Astrid
Erdin, Rebekka
Grylka, Susanne
Radu, Irina
Gemperle, Michael
Pehlke-Milde, Jessica
Conference details: From Birth to Health, COST Action Birth Conference, Lissabon, 17.-18.09.2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution : ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Issue Date: Sep-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Abstract)
Language : English
Subjects : Midwive; Interdisciplinary network; Psychosocial disadvantaged family
Subject (DDC) : 618: Gynecology, obstetrics and midwifery
Abstract: Background In Switzerland, there are numerous families with children under three years of age with psychosocial disadvantages, which hinder children to get an optimal start into life and childhood. Independent midwives who provide home-based postpartum care offer uncomplicated and immediate access to early childhood support systems. Aim The aim of this study was to analyse the structures, the opportunities and the potential of the network activities of Swiss midwives. Method An online survey was conducted with n=401 independent midwives in Switzerland (response rate was 29.1 %). Descriptive statistics was carried out using SPSS 24. Findings Almost two thirds of the participating midwives were organised in mono-professional or inter-disciplinary networks. Networking midwives care significantly more frequently for socially disadvantaged families (on a regular base: 16.9 vs. 9.2 %) due to referrals from other professionals. Midwives engaged in interdisciplinary networks stated that they had developed a greater understanding for other professionals (76.6 vs. 42.6 %) and felt no longer the pressure of caring alone for their clients (57.3 vs. 41.8%). According to them, interdisciplinary collaboration promotes a focus on the child’s needs (53.2 vs. 45.5%) and a more comprehensive care of families with complex situations (69.4 vs. 46.4%). Conclusion Engagement in some kind of network is a reality for most midwives. They considerably contribute to the care for psychosocially disadvantaged families, especially if they are part of an interdisciplinary network. Some of the existing networks have beneficial structures that strengthen the competence and relevance of midwives within an interdisciplinary team and make it noticeable for midwives and families. The most effective networks need to be identified. Midwives should also be actively encouraged to join networks.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Midwifery (IHB)
Publication type: Conference Poster
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4011
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Netzwerkarbeit der frei praktizierenden Hebammen in der Schweiz: Zugang der Familien mit Neugeborenen zu weiteren Angeboten der frühen Förderung
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