publication . Article . 2005

A critical ethnographic study of encounters between midwives and breast-feeding women in postnatal wards in England.

Fiona Dykes;
  • Published: 21 Jun 2005 Journal: Midwifery, volume 21, pages 241-252 (issn: 0266-6138, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Summary Objective to explore the nature of interactions between midwives and breast-feeding women within postnatal wards. Design a critical ethnographic study using participant observation and focused interviews. Setting two maternity units in Northern England, UK. Participants 61 postnatal women and 39 midwives. Findings the interactions between midwives and women were encompassed by the global theme of ‘taking time and touching base'. However, most encounters were characterised by an absence of ‘taking time' or ‘touching base'. This related to midwives' experiences of temporal pressure and inability to establish relationality with women due to their working pa...
free text keywords: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternity and Midwifery, Transformative learning, Breast feeding, Nursing, Participant observation, Ethnography, Rationing, Organizational culture, Staffing, Medicine, business.industry, business, Reciprocity (social psychology)
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