Problem: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly challenged maternity provision internationally. Rapid and radical changes were implemented, with midwives facing anxiety and moral distress if not able to provide optimal and woman-centred care in line with professional values. Background: Healthcare professionals’ stress and burnout are commonly reported during other global emergencies, which may eventually contribute to reduced quality of care. There is lack of evidence of the challenges faced by midwives in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim: To explore midwives’ experiences of providing care to women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Qualitative interpretive phenomenological approach, using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. The sample included 15 midwives. Ethical approval was obtained. Findings: Four themes were identified: 1) adjusting to the ever-evolving organisation of care; 2) physical, psychological and relational challenges; 3) support network; 4) deferred sense of awareness. Discussion: Midwives faced professional and personal challenges during the pandemic, displaying feelings of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, discomfort, lack of support and knowledge with potential long-term effects. Adjusting to the continuous, rapid and drastic re-organisation of maternity services was particularly challenging. Factors facilitating a safe, supportive and empowering workplace included support from colleagues and managers, access to appropriate PPE, reliable guidelines, good communication and emotional support. Positive aspects of personal and professional development included communication skills, establishment of trusting relationships, sense of empowerment and teamwork. Conclusion: In the context of a pandemic, optimisation of midwives’ physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing should be considered. Timely and comprehensive guidelines and appropriate resources should be provided to assist midwives in facilitating family-centred respectful maternity care and preserving childbirth as a bio-psychosocial event.

Fumagalli, S., Borrelli, S., Ornaghi, S., Vergani, P., Nespoli, A. (2022). Midwives’ experiences of providing maternity care to women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Italy. WOMEN AND BIRTH [10.1016/j.wombi.2022.04.011].

Midwives’ experiences of providing maternity care to women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Italy

Fumagalli, S
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Borrelli, SE
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Ornaghi, S;Vergani, P;Nespoli, A
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2022

Abstract

Problem: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly challenged maternity provision internationally. Rapid and radical changes were implemented, with midwives facing anxiety and moral distress if not able to provide optimal and woman-centred care in line with professional values. Background: Healthcare professionals’ stress and burnout are commonly reported during other global emergencies, which may eventually contribute to reduced quality of care. There is lack of evidence of the challenges faced by midwives in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim: To explore midwives’ experiences of providing care to women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Qualitative interpretive phenomenological approach, using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. The sample included 15 midwives. Ethical approval was obtained. Findings: Four themes were identified: 1) adjusting to the ever-evolving organisation of care; 2) physical, psychological and relational challenges; 3) support network; 4) deferred sense of awareness. Discussion: Midwives faced professional and personal challenges during the pandemic, displaying feelings of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, discomfort, lack of support and knowledge with potential long-term effects. Adjusting to the continuous, rapid and drastic re-organisation of maternity services was particularly challenging. Factors facilitating a safe, supportive and empowering workplace included support from colleagues and managers, access to appropriate PPE, reliable guidelines, good communication and emotional support. Positive aspects of personal and professional development included communication skills, establishment of trusting relationships, sense of empowerment and teamwork. Conclusion: In the context of a pandemic, optimisation of midwives’ physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing should be considered. Timely and comprehensive guidelines and appropriate resources should be provided to assist midwives in facilitating family-centred respectful maternity care and preserving childbirth as a bio-psychosocial event.
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Childbirth; Coronavirus; Experience; Maternity care; Midwifery; Midwives; Pandemic;
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Fumagalli, S., Borrelli, S., Ornaghi, S., Vergani, P., Nespoli, A. (2022). Midwives’ experiences of providing maternity care to women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Italy. WOMEN AND BIRTH [10.1016/j.wombi.2022.04.011].
Fumagalli, S; Borrelli, S; Ornaghi, S; Vergani, P; Nespoli, A
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