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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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: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Julie Wray
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 13:42
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:33

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