Possibilities for transparency and trust in the communication between midwives and pregnant women: the case of smoking
2009 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 25, no 4, 382-391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
to explore barriers to and possibilities for interactive communication between midwives and pregnant women regarding smoking behaviour during pregnancy.
the study was based on a qualitative research design aiming at a Grounded Theory analysis of interviews with pregnant women.
public sector antenatal clinics in Cape Town, South Africa predominantly providing care to women of mixed ancestry.
in-depth interviews with 12 pregnant women purposively selected on the basis of smoking behaviour, age and marital status to reach maximum variation.
the findings indicated low levels of transparency and trust in antenatal visits. Lack of trust was related to categories such as conflicting personal capabilities and socio-cultural and medical expectations, combined with a didactic approach from caregivers. The unworthy woman was identified as the core category of the interviews describing how women feel in their relationship with midwives. A theoretical model illustrates possibilities for change in relation to an ideal situation where a supportive caregiver, congruent expectations and capabilities result in women feeling visible.
Key conclusions and implications for practice
culturally appropriate smoking cessation interventions should be of high priority. Training in patient-centred counselling for midwives is necessary for creating an open dialogue with pregnant mothers about their smoking habits. The time constraint experienced by midwives also suggests that other methods apart from midwife counselling should be investigated for inclusion in the clinical setting.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 25, no 4, 382-391 p.
Smoking; Pregnancy; Antenatal care; Qualitative; Self-reported smoking
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6666DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2007.07.012PubMedID: 17988769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6666DiVA: diva2:146336