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Postnatal care: is it based on ritual or a purpose? a reflective account

Wray, J 2006, 'Postnatal care: is it based on ritual or a purpose? a reflective account ' , British Journal of Midwifery, 14 (9) , pp. 320-326.

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    Abstract

    Postnatal care has for too long been the C inderella of the childbirth continuum and marginalized within maternity care services. Most women in the U K are hospitalized after giving birth and spend time on a postnatal ward. Women tend to view this aspect of their childbirth journey as the least satisfying, and in-depth analysis as to the reasons for this perspective is limited. T his article presents a thought-provoking debate on postnatal hospital care and is underpinned by data that have emerged from observing postnatal wards as part of a larger research study. T wo main points are pursued: reflections on carrying out ‘fieldwork’ and the notion that postnatal care is becoming deficient in purpose. Questions are raised as to the intention of hospitalization after birth, given the culture and context of a busy ward. Many factors impinge upon the woman’s experience of the postnatal ward: the availability of midwives, the status/value of postnatal work and having enough time to spend with women on a busy ward. H owever, the essence of midwifery and intention of postnatal care must not be lost. Evidence to support postnatal care by midwives needs to be visible.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: Dr Julie Wray
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 14:42
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2246

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