A research method to explore midwives’ views of national maternity service reforms

Roache, Bridget and Kelly, Jennifer (2017) A research method to explore midwives’ views of national maternity service reforms. Women and Birth. ISSN 1871-5192


Priorities of the National Maternity Services Plan (NMSP) are a significant contrast to current standard hospital maternity service provision. This paper demonstrates the applicability of case study methods to explore the views of midwives during a period of midwifery reform.

This research aims to highlight key findings and insights surrounding recommended changes facing midwives that can be shared with education providers to incorporate strategies into education programs to ensure contemporary midwifery practice.

Exploratory Case Study methodology was employed using ethical processes and designing semi-structured interview questions to explore participants’ views. Purposive sampling ensured participants were currently practicing midwives in order to reflect the perspective and intent of this study. Data were analysed and findings presented in categories and subcategories.

Case Study methodology enables an in-depth understanding of a phenomenon to be explored within a natural context. The participants of this study formed a single unit of analysis to ensure the research makes a worthwhile contribution to the profession of midwifery.

This paper demonstrates that Case Study methodology is a valid research approach to exploring the views of midwives employed in standard care settings during a period of national reform. The rigorous processes and versatility of Case Study methodology ensured a systematic, critical enquiry was undertaken to gain understanding of the views of participants in implementing the NMSP. This understanding is reflective of the real life contexts of midwives to promote understanding and provide a body of knowledge where there is ambiguity and uncertainty.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Online from 14 Oct 2017. Permanent restricted access to AritcleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 04:29
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: case study; case study midwifery maternity; continuity of care; midwifery; National Maternity Services Plan
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.09.014
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33271

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