Northern Swedish midwives’ views towards midwife-led antenatal care for low-risk women: An impulse to Hungary
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Implementation of midwife-led antenatal care for low-risk women is getting a growing attention worldwide. In 2014, a new decree was entered into force in Hungary, whereby midwives are allowed to conduct antenatal care, under regulated conditions, but nothing changed in practice during the past two years. The purpose of this study was to gain an insight of Swedish midwives’ perceptions on their well-established antenatal care, in order to get an impulse to steer the Hungarian midwives’ roles to an improving direction.
Methods: Semi-structured individual interviews were contacted with three midwives, recruited from primary health-care centers in Umeå, Sweden. Qualitative content analysis was carried out.
Results: The ultimate findings of the thesis were encapsulated in a main theme as "Midwife-led continuity care in interprofessional collaboration against the challenges of modern world". Swedish midwives consider themselves competent to establish midwife-led continuity care, and they do not even question their role and autonomy in midwife-led antenatal care. Equality is the cornerstone of Swedish antenatal care, both in midwife-obstetrician and midwife-patient collaboration. As in all segments of health care, interprofessional collaboration is indispensable to antenatal care, in order to maintain quality of care in our constantly changing world.
Conclusions: Numerous elements of the Hungarian antenatal care need to be changed, by following the Swedish successful example to fulfil their midwifery competencies and take the leader caregiver role in the antenatal care. By this, lifting the Hungarian antenatal care to an esteemed Western European level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 28 p.
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:24
Midwife-led care, antenatal, low-risk pregnancy, continuity model, autonomy, collaboration, women-centered care, Sweden, Hungary, qualitative methods.
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131564OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131564DiVA: diva2:1074959
Västerbottens läns landsting - Anna Lena Wennberg
Master's Programme in Public Health
2016-05-23, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 14:15 (English)
Wennberg, Anna-Lena, Associate Professor
Coe, Anna-Britt, Associate Professor