Women's perceptions of midwifery care in Lusaka, Zambia

Kwaleyela, Concepta Namukolo; Nicolene Kearns, Elaine
April 2009
African Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health;Apr-Jun2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p62
Academic Journal
Uncovering women's perceptions of maternity care provided give insight into their expectations and needs. This qualitative research study, using modified grounded theory approach, was done to explore views and experiences of women users of lowrisk maternity care services in Lusaka. In this city a series of maternity centres run by midwives were established to relieve pressure on an overworked maternity staff at the only tertiary hospital. Data was collected through semi-structured tape-recorded interviews with eleven women who were determined by theoretical saturation. Two categories of 'trust in midwives' and 'recognition of the women' were identified. These were integrated in one core category of 'relationship between the midwife and the woman'. The findings demonstrated that for midwives to offer maternity services that are satisfactory to women, emphasis should not only be on a live baby and mother, but should also include building a good and trusting relationship with the mother.


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