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Speaker: Halima Musa Abdul
Midwives have been reported as experiencing higher levels of stress compared to other healthcare professionals. In Nigeria, midwives’ stress is further increased due to palpable shortage of midwifery workforce and heavy workloads. This study explored midwives’ experiences of workplace adversity and resilience in tertiary hospitals in Northern Nigeria.
This study used a constructionist-grounded theory approach. Following ethical approval, data were collected via interviews and field notes with purposive and theoretical samples of midwives (n =34) across two tertiary institutions in Northern Nigeria. Data analysis was through the constant comparison process of grounded theory.
An unexpected finding was that adversity in the workplace could be caused by aggressive behaviour from women and their relatives resulting in a difficult midwife – client relationship.
Workplace violence within maternity is due to aggressive behaviour from women and their relatives among other factors. Understanding the resilient strategies adopted by these midwives is key to prevention.