Developing a reproductive identity: the experiences of pregnant midwives
Church, S (2019). Developing a reproductive identity: the experiences of pregnant midwives. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest. 29 (1), pp. 40-45.
During pregnancy and childbirth, women often ask midwives: ‘Have you got children?’ Reflecting on this question enabled me to think of how mothers view midwives in relation to reproduction. Whilst being ‘with woman’ may be influenced by many factors and is considered to be the cornerstone of the philosophy of professional midwifery care (Bradfield et al 2018), I questioned whether the gender of the midwife was significant to mothers’ expectations of midwives, because midwives work primarily in a female environment where the focus is on the process of reproduction. Furthermore, relationships between women around birth, which have been described as an ‘Emotionally connected and biographically grounded relationship’ (Wilkins 2000:34), became a significant area of interest in relation to the idea of gender identity and midwifery. A detailed exploration of gender is beyond the remit of this paper and will be the focus of a future publication.
Reproduced with permission of MIDIRS
|Journal||MIDIRS Midwifery Digest|
|Journal citation||29 (1), pp. 40-45|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.midirs.org/our-services/midwifery-digest-subscription/|
|01 Mar 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 Mar 2019|
|Accepted||10 Jan 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
Midwifery Sarah Church Developing a reproductive identity the experiences of pregnant midwives (info proofed CI).doc
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