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Models for midwifery care : A mapping review

Models for midwifery care : A mapping review

Title: Models for midwifery care : A mapping review
Author: Eri, Tine S.
Berg, Marie
Dahl, Bente
Gottfreðsdóttir, Helga
Sommerseth, Eva
Prinds, Christina
Date: 2020
Language: English
Department: Other departments
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Women's and Childrens's Services
Series: European Journal of Midwifery; 4(July)
ISSN: 2585-2906
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18332/ejm/124110
Subject: Ljósmóðurfræði; maternity care; midwifery; models for care; philosophy; salutogenesis; womancenteredness; Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Maternity and Midwifery
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/4381

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Eri , T S , Berg , M , Dahl , B , Gottfreðsdóttir , H , Sommerseth , E & Prinds , C 2020 , ' Models for midwifery care : A mapping review ' , European Journal of Midwifery , vol. 4 , no. July , 30 . https://doi.org/10.18332/ejm/124110


INTRODUCTION According to WHO, midwives are found competent to provide evidencebased and normalcy-facilitating maternity care. Models for midwifery care exist, but seem to be lacking explicit epistemological status, mainly focusing on the practical and organizational level of care delivery. To make the values and attitudes of care visible, it is important to implement care models with explicit epistemological status. The aim of this paper is to identify and gain an overview of publications of theoretical models for midwifery care. METHODS A mapping review was conducted with systematic searches in nine databases for studies describing a theoretical model or theory for midwifery care that either did or was intended to impact clinical practice. Eligibility criteria were refined during the selection process. RESULTS Six models from six papers originating from different parts of the world were included in the study. The included models were developed using different methodologies and had different philosophical underpinnings and complexity gradients. Some characteristics were common, the most distinctive being the emphasis of the midwife–woman relationship, secondly the focus on woman-centeredness, and thirdly the salutogenic focus in care. CONCLUSIONS Overall, scarcity exists regarding theoretical models for midwifery care with explicit epistemological status.


Publisher Copyright: © 2020 Eri T. S. et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0)

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