A qualitative study of how caseload midwifery is constituted and experienced by Danish midwives

Bidragets oversatte titel: Et kvalitativt studie om, hvordan jordemødre oplever at arbejde som kendt jordemoder

Ingrid Jepsen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Ellen Ågaard Nøhr, Edith Mark

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This study focuses on midwives’ working and living conditions in caseload midwifery and how this model of care is embedded in two Danish
standard maternity units.
Many Western countries have implemented this model of care because research indicates that knowing one’s midwife is essential to women (1,
2, 3) and because evidence shows that continuity of care seems to promote uncomplicated births (4-8). International studies indicate that
midwives’ perspectives on caseload midwifery are varied (9-11).
The aim of this study is to advance knowledge about the working and living conditions of midwives in caseload midwifery and how this model of
care is embedded in a standard maternity unit.
Phenomenology of practice was the analytical approach to this study of caseload midwifery in Northern Denmark. The methodology was
inspired by ethnography, and applied methods were field observations followed by interviews.
Thirteen midwives working in caseloads were observed during one or two days in the antenatal clinic and interviewed afterwards.
Key Findings:
Being recognized and the feeling of doing high quality care generate high job satisfaction. The obligation and pressure to perform well and the
disadvantages to the midwives’ personal lives are counterbalanced by the feeling of doing a meaningful and important job.
Working in caseload midwifery creates a feeling of working in a self-governing model within the public hospital, without losing the technological
benefits of a modern birth unit.
Midwives in caseload midwifery worked on welcoming and including all pregnant women allocated to their care.
In expanding caseload midwifery, it is necessary to understand that the midwives’ personal lives need to be prepared for this work-form. The
number of women per full time midwife has to be surveilled as job-satisfaction is dependent on the midwives’ ability of fulfilling expectations of
being present at women’s births
Bidragets oversatte titelEt kvalitativt studie om, hvordan jordemødre oplever at arbejde som kendt jordemoder
Publikationsdato19 jun. 2017
StatusUdgivet - 19 jun. 2017
BegivenhedICM 2017, Toronto, Canada: Midwives- making a difference to the world - Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Varighed: 18 jun. 201722 jun. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 31


KonferenceICM 2017, Toronto, Canada


  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje
  • caseload midwifery
  • experiences
  • midwife
  • qualitative study