Barriers to developing midwifery as a primary health-care strategy: A Jordanian study

Churchill Livingstone
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Midwifery, 2012, 28 (1), pp. 106 - 111
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Aim: to identify the current barriers to developing midwifery as a primary health-care strategy in Jordan and to explore the strategies to overcome these barriers. Design: an exploratory design using an action research approach was undertaken. Workshop discussion groups and reflection were used to collect the data. A thematic approach was taken for the analysis. Participants: data were collected from a convenience sample of 64midwives and educatorswho attended workshops. Findings: the professional identity and image for midwifery has been confused within a medically dominated health system and has not been seen as a primary health strategy. Midwives are not able to practice to the full role and scope of the midwife. Implications for practice: key issues identified need to be addressed before midwifery can be part of a primary health-care strategy in Jordan.
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