Midwives' strategies in challenging dietary and weight counselling situations
2014 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 5, no 3, 107-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: By enhancing maternal nutritional status, midwives can help women lower the risks of pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes as well as improve maternal health during pregnancy and in the long run. Dietary counselling is, on the other hand, not reported to be effective. Poor communication and conflicting messages are identified as possible barriers to adherence with recommendations. Midwives' experiences of providing dietary advice and counselling during pregnancy are sparsely reported. The aim of this study was therefore to explore midwives' strategies when faced with challenging dietary counselling situations. Methods: Seventeen midwives from different parts of Sweden and working within antenatal health care were interviewed by telephone. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Challenges were commonly experienced when counselling women who were overweight, obese, had eating disorders or were from different cultures. The midwives talked in terms of "the problematic women" when addressing counselling problems. Strategies used in challenging counselling situations were Getting acquainted; Trying to support and motivate; Pressure to choose "correttly"; Controlling and mastering; and Resigning responsibility. Conclusions: The results indicate that Swedish midwives' counselling strategies are quite ambiguous and need to be questioned and that counselling of vulnerable groups of women should be highlighted. We could identify a need for education of practicing midwives to develop person-centred counselling skills.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 5, no 3, 107-112 p.
Dietary counselling, Pregnancy, Midwives, Qualitative, Non-adherence, Empowerment
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95871DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2014.07.001ISI: 000342889200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-95871DiVA: diva2:768397