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Title: The COVID-19 pandemic in Spain: experiences of midwives on the healthcare frontline
Author: Goberna Tricas, Josefina
Biurrun Garrido, Ainoa
Perelló-Iñiguez, Carme
Rodríguez-Garrido, Pía
Keywords: COVID-19
Issue Date: 17-Jun-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Background: midwives look after women during pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. In Spain, the first wave of COVID was particularly virulent. There are few studies about the experiences of midwives providing care during the COVID pandemic and very few have been undertaken in the countries of southern Europe such as Spain. This article sets out to take a more in-depth look at the experiences of midwives who were on the frontline of care during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to identify new needs and resilience strategies that can help midwives. Methods: a qualitative methodology of phenomenological tradition was used, interviewing 10 midwives from primary care, hospital and independent care. Results: after content analysis, three central categories emerged: (a) cascade of emotions; (b) professional occupation and concern for the women; (c) resisting the day-to-day; resilience and resistance strategies. Conclusions: despite the difficulties, midwives are concerned about the loss of rights and autonomy and about the increased vulnerability of women. Midwives have become aware of the power they have in their actions both in health management and administration, as well as in the care of women, creating strategies to provide dignified care to their users.
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It is part of: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, vol. 18, num. 12, p. 6516
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ISSN: 1661-7827
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Infermeria de Salut Pública, Salut mental i Maternoinfantil)

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