The word derives from Old English mid"with" and wif"woman", and thus originally meant "with-woman", that is, the person who is with the mother woman at childbirth.
While it was a wonderful opportunity, being a part of Pacific Partnership aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy T-AH 19 is proving to be just as exciting, especially with the added benefit of having inpatients and surgical capabilities.
I was filled with excitement at the thought of meeting and collaborating with local midwives. I immediately began to brainstorm what I could share with the Fijian midwives and also what I could learn from them. Protegenie Reed right a Navy midwife, from Miami, Fla.
On arrival, I met with Matron Suraki, the head of nursing, who greeted me with such a welcoming smile, I felt right at home. She took me on a tour of the hospital, proudly showing the different wards and introducing me to several of the nurses, who were incredibly eager to meet the Navy Midwife.
I was finally introduced to the midwives on the labor ward, where they welcomed me with open arms and with the most sincere smiles. There was one young local Fijian woman who was in active labor with her first child, and I was invited to work alongside the midwife who was caring for her.
The young lady was so calm, despite having strong contractions, but with two midwives at her side she had the best support. Working side-by-side with the Fijian midwife allowed an opportunity to discuss both the Fijian and U. We reflected on some practice and cultural differences, but also embraced how the spirit of midwifery remained the same.
I knew it would be a while before she would give birth, so I engaged the midwives in a discussion on postpartum hemorrhage since we were planning to have a training drill the next day.
I set up my laptop in the delivery room and we began to review the lecture I had on postpartum hemorrhage management.
Four midwives and three nursing students took part in the impromptu lecture. About half way into the lecture, I heard the sound of our laboring woman who was ready to give birth. We quickly removed the laptop and mannequin from the delivery table.
I was asked if I wanted to assist with the delivery by one of the midwives. I was given a plastic apron, a gown to go over it, and sterile gloves.
The other midwives assisted the young women on the delivery table as we prepared to welcome her baby into the world. The delivery cart was opened and ready for me. I was handed some numbing medication for the anticipated episiotomy since it was her first baby, but I advised that, based on current literature, an episiotomy may not be necessary.
With coaching and support from her two midwives, the young Fijian woman pushed well and delivered a healthy baby girl, weighing 6. No episiotomy was needed; mother and baby recovered well.
Protegenie Reed, a Navy midwife from Miami, Fla. And I am glad that I was able to be part of such a special event during Pacific Partnership healthy functional partnership is mutual trust, respect and reciprocity (Guilliland & Pairman, ; Anderson & Pelvin, ).
However skilful a midwife may be in working in partnership, when trust is eroded, the health of the relationship is threatened, and can become unsustainable and therefore unsafe. The midwife is a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the infant.
Organisation of care described how maternity services were organised in relation to women׳s contact with the service and subsequent midwifery care (knowing the system) and women׳s experience of care by the midwife and the factors that impact on the quality of that experience (experience of . Women׳s views on partnership working with midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.
There is a dearth of evidence in the literature demonstrating that women want to work in partnership with the midwife or to be given fully informed choices. (experience of midwife-woman interaction). The socio- political and cultural factors at both a national and global level have a big impact on the Midwife woman partnership.
The Oxford Dictionary () defines culture as: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society, and Midwifery as: a nurse (typically a woman) who is trained to assist women in childbirth.
In order for a partnership relationship to develop both parties need time to get to know one another, to understand what each partner brings to the relationship and for the midwife to find out what the woman wants from this experience (Fahy and Parratt, x Fahy and Parratt, Fahy, K.M.
and Parratt, J.A. Birth territory: a theory for.