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J Caring Sci. 2019;8(3):121-127.
doi: 10.15171/jcs.2019.018
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Original Research

Midwifery Students Fear of Delivery Process

Neslihan Keser Ozcan 1 * ORCID logo, Nur Elcin Boyacıoglu 1 ORCID logo, Neriman Guducu 2 ORCID logo, Seda Goncu Serhatlıoglu 3 ORCID logo, Emine Yıldırım 4 ORCID logo, Medine Koc 5 ORCID logo, Fadime Bingol 6 ORCID logo

1 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey
3 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Karabuk University, Karabuk, Turkey
4 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Omer Halisdemir University, Nigde, Turkey
5 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey
6 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract

Introduction: To determine the fields related to delivering babies in which students experience the most fear. Methods: A descriptive/cross-sectional study was performed between September and October 2017. The population of the study consisted of students receiving midwifery education in Turkey, and the sample consisted of students from six universities studying in the third and fourth years of a midwifery program. Data were collected from 732 midwifery students selected with the purposeful maximum variation sampling method. The study measured data collected with a questionnaire entitled "Midwives’ Fear of Delivery Process." Results: In general, students are more afraid of practices with which they say they have more experience (practices related to episiotomy and vaginal palpation), and they are less afraid of practices (interventional) (such as cord prolapse, ablatio placenta, placenta previa) with which they have less experience or no experience at all and of cases in which they can get hurt. The students feel most sufficient when performing prenatal and postnatal practices and feel insufficient when it comes to practices during delivery. Conclusions: Interestingly, students are afraid of the fields that they say they have practiced most (such as vaginal palpation). Before clinical practice, instructors can determine students’ fears and deficiencies in relation to procedures and areas of practice and can develop approaches for alleviating their fears and weaknesses.

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Submitted: 20 Jul 2018
Revised: 17 Sep 2018
Accepted: 22 Sep 2018
First published online: 01 Sep 2019
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