All VIDM 2020 Conference sessions and links to the recordings are listed below.
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Speaker(s): Nicola Savory
Facilitator(s): Ally Anderson
Description: Existing research on poor perinatal mental health largely focuses on recognition and treatment of postnatal depression. Consequently, there is a need to explore antenatal mental health. Interviews with women in late pregnancy aimed to understand experiences of women with mental health problems and focus groups with midwives conducted to explore midwives understanding of their role in providing support.
Thematic analysis of interviews with women (n=20) identified themes: mental health over time, their expectations and control; and knowledge of mental health. Themes identified from the focus groups with midwives (n=15) were: conversations with women around mental health, its complexity and the gap in support. Continuity and more time at appointments were suggested by midwives and women to improve discussions regarding mental health. Midwives were keen to support women but lacked knowledge and confidence. Consistent reference was made to the need for training regarding the practical aspects of supporting women’s mental health.
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Speaker(s): Auwala Muhammed
Facilitator(s): Elisa Segoni
In Nigeria, there is a need for a positive attitude towards choice of birthplace. This study evaluates the effect of a planned home birth (PHB) education on midwives’ attitude towards PHB. We recruited and randomly allocated 226 midwives into intervention and control. The intervention group received training, while the control group maintained a usual care. Data were collected three times using a questionnaire and analysed using linear mixed models. The findings revealed a significant change in the attitude within the intervention group (F = 75.77, p;0.001), but not in the control group (F = 0.83, p =0.438). Midwives in the intervention were more favourable towards PHB compared to the control group at the immediate post-intervention (p;0.001, d = 0.9), and three-month follow-up (p;0.001, d =0.8). PHB education promotes a positive attitude towards PHB among midwives. The finding may be an initiative towards safe motherhood and midwifery model.
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.