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

Sonmezer, Ellie ORCID: 0000-0002-7570-7014 (2021) Professional autonomy for midwives in the contemporary UK maternity system: part 2. British Journal of Midwifery, 29 (1). pp. 19-25. doi:10.12968/bjom.2021.29.1.19

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In this article, professionalisation, the midwifery profession and professional autonomy are explored from a sociological perspective to answer whether it is possible for a midwife to achieve professional autonomy within the contemporary UK system. Within part 1, 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 2, choice, service pressures, evidence-based care, consumerism, leadership and reflexive practice are considered in the context of professional autonomy and 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’.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Published version available to University of Gloucestershire members via the Organisation URL
Uncontrolled Keywords: Midwifery; Risk; Professionalisation; Managerialisation; Sociological imagination; New professional
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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 16:34
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 14:13

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