Facial reconstruction

Search LJMU Research Online

Browse Repository | Browse E-Theses

To be a midwife in Latvia – Midwives talking - Pilot study

Ansule, I, Fleming, V and Millere, I (2024) To be a midwife in Latvia – Midwives talking - Pilot study. Heliyon, 10 (12).

To be a midwife in Latvia – Midwives talking - Pilot study.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (1MB) | Preview


Introduction: For almost 20 years Latvia has been a member state of European Union. Accessible and constantly evolving information has led to a paradigm change in the woman – midwife relationship; nowadays, it should be horizontal – women's and her family orientated. The question is: how do the midwives perceive their professional identity, its core values, norms and beliefs in this new paradigm? Method and findings: Three interview rounds with 20 midwives were performed. Highlighted themes were asked to be explained in the next round of interview in order to compare them with authors’ thematic analysis and formulated pre – understandings. The method of thematic analysis was used in frame of a pilot study to understand how practising midwives describe their professional identity. Eleven themes emerged and were categorised in three larger themes: integral part of midwife's professional identity - courage, patience, ability to provide intimacy, flexibility and creativity, the most beautiful profession; desirable part - the ability to evaluate yourself, the ability to draw boundaries, tolerance and acceptance of diversity, “go with the flow” – ability to allow physiological processes to take place, hindrances - struggle with bureaucratic norms and paperwork, struggle with the finances/salary. Conclusion: Within the present study midwives’ voices have been conceptualised for the first time in Latvia. With the repeated reflection on their professional identity, midwives not only conceptualised it, but also let light shine on the shadowy side of its components.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2024 14:47
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2024 14:47
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e32504
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23664
View Item View Item