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Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2

Sonmezer, Ellie (2020) Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2. British Journal of Midwifery, 29 (1). pp. 19-25. ISSN 0969-4900

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Professionalisation, the midwifery profession and professional autonomy are explored from a sociological perspective to answer the title question. Within part-one the obstetric influences and frictions, government policy and guidelines, risk, litigation and increasing managerialisation were considered, highlighting the complexities of professional midwifery and the challenges it faces. In part-two choice, service pressures, evidence-based care, consumerism, leadership and reflexive practice are considered in an attempt to navigate professional autonomy with the intention of retaining women’s choice as the core belief of the profession. A conceptual framework has been devised to enable this utilising the concept New Professional Midwifery. The object of this work is to keep women’s choice as the central aim.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Risk, professionalisation, managerialisation, sociological imagination, new professional
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Ellie Sonmezer
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 16:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 15:15

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