What women value in the midwifery continuity of care model: A systematic review with meta-synthesis

Noelyn Perriman, Deborah Lee Davis, Sally Ferguson

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Introduction: There are a number of qualitative studies indicating women are more satisfied with a continuity model of midwifery care however, their experiences have not been understood to gain an overall picture of what it is they value, appreciate and want in such a model. A metasynthesis was undertaken in order to examine the current qualitative literature to gain a deeper understanding of the woman's perspective as a consumer of maternity care in a continuity model. Aim: To identify and synthesise research findings presenting childbearing women's perspectives on continuity of midwifery care. Methods: A search using key words was undertaken using the following databases: CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Ovid, Medline, Nursing Reference Centre and Joanna Briggs Institute. Papers were included if they were published since 2006, in English and included qualitative data from the woman's perspective. The selection process followed was the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA). Quality appraisal was conducted by all authors using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) tool as a screening tool. This allowed for each paper to be appraised to determine risk of bias. Findings: Thirteen quality appraised papers published between 2006 and 2016 were found which included qualitative data and were related to the woman's experience in a continuity model. Six papers were from Australia, three in the United Kingdom, two in New Zealand and one in the United States of America and Denmark. Themes identified included an overarching concept of the relationship which was underpinned by themes of personalised care, trust and empowerment. Conclusions: The midwife–woman relationship is the vehicle through which personalised care, trust and empowerment are achieved in the continuity of midwifery model of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-229
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


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