Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 1

Sonmezer, Ellie ORCID: 0000-0002-7570-7014 (2020) Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 1. British Journal of Midwifery, 28 (12). pp. 850-856.

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The history and professionalisation of midwifery has travelled through turbulent times to arrive at an opportunity for transformation in the contemporary UK maternity system. This professionalisation, the midwifery profession and professional autonomy are explored in this article from a sociological perspective, to answer the question of whether a midwife can achieve professional autonomy within the UK system. This is a two-part article. Part one has a strong focus on the historical context of midwifery, government policy and guidelines, risk, litigation and increasing managerialisation to frame the discussion in part two. The second part provides a discussion of autonomy, choice, managerialisation and reflexive practice, to create a conceptual framework utilising the concept New Professional Midwifery. This is to centralise a core belief in midwifery autonomy and women's choice facilitation. This paper is part one of two.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: The published version is available to University of Gloucestershire members via the CINAHL with full-text database, see Organisation URL.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk; Professionalisations; Managerialisation; Midwifery history; Choice; Risk perception
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 16:51
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 14:14

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