Title: Decision-making in Swiss home-like childbirth : a grounded theory study
Authors : Meyer, Yvonne
Frank, Franziska
Schläppy Muntwyler, Franziska
Fleming, Valerie
Pehlke-Milde, Jessica
Published in : Women and Birth
Volume(Issue) : 30
Issue : 6
Pages : e272
Pages to: e280
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: Dec-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Decision-making; Home-like childbirth; Partnership relationships; Midwife; Commitment; Grounded theory
Subject (DDC) : 618: Gynecology, obstetrics and midwifery
Abstract: Background Decision-making in midwifery, including a claim for shared decision-making between midwives and women, is of major significance for the health of mother and child. Midwives have little information about how to share decision-making responsibilities with women, especially when complications arise during birth. Aim To increase understanding of decision-making in complex home-like birth settings by exploring midwives’ and women’s perspectives and to develop a dynamic model integrating participatory processes for making shared decisions. Methods The study, based on grounded theory methodology, analysed 20 interviews of midwives and 20 women who had experienced complications in home-like births. Findings The central phenomenon that arose from the data was “defining/redefining decision as a joint commitment to healthy childbirth”. The sub-indicators that make up this phenomenon were safety, responsibility, mutual and personal commitments. These sub-indicators were also identified to influence temporal conditions of decision-making and to apply different strategies for shared decision-making. Women adopted strategies such as delegating a decision, making the midwife’s decision her own, challenging a decision or taking a decision driven by the dynamics of childbirth. Midwives employed strategies such as remaining indecisive, approving a woman’s decision, making an informed decision or taking the necessary decision. Discussion and conclusion To respond to recommendations for shared responsibility for care, midwives need to strengthen their shared decision-making skills. The visual model of decision-making in childbirth derived from the data provides a framework for transferring clinical reasoning into practice.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Midwifery (IHB)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.05.004
ISSN: 1871-5192
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/5653
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Entscheidungsprozesse bei Komplikationen während Haus- und Geburtshausgeburten: Eine Grounded Theorie Studie
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