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J Caring Sci. 2024;13(1): 54-62.
doi: 10.34172/jcs.2023.33077
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Original Article

Exploring the Midwives’ Experiences of Providing Delivery Care for Women with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Infection: A Qualitative Study

Fatemeh Jafarzadeh-Kenarsari 1 ORCID logo, Morvarid Ghasab-Shirazi 2 ORCID logo, Kobra Abouzari-Gazafroodi 2* ORCID logo, Yalda Donyaei-Mobarrez 1 ORCID logo

1 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
2 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Midwifery, Zeynab (P.B.U.H) School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Kobra Abouzari-Gazafroodi, Email: kaboozari@yahoo.com, Email: kaboozari@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Midwives were at the forefront of caring for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, the present study was conducted with the purpose of exploring midwives’ experiences of providing delivery care for women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Methods: In this qualitative study, 18 midwives working in the public hospitals affiliated with Guilan University of Medical Sciences (Iran). Who had experience in providing delivery care to women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection were selected using purposive sampling. Data were collected via individual semi-structured interviews until reaching data saturation, and analyzed through conventional content analysis.

Results: Data analysis led to the extraction of three main categories and six sub-categories. The main categories included “COVID-19 and organizational support” with two sub-categories including lack of resources/neglecting the role of midwives, “COVID-19 and positive achievements” with two sub-categories including professional resilience/turning threats into opportunities, “COVID-19 and informational support” with two sub-categories, including up-to-date training/empowering pregnant women.

Conclusion: According to the findings, to realize and guarantee the provision of high-quality maternity care to pregnant women in dealing with epidemic diseases such as COVID-19 in the future, the attention of policymakers and healthcare service officials to the physical and psychological needs of midwives is necessary. Also, organizational and informational support, improving job satisfaction, and paying attention to the importance of midwives’ role in the medical team are recommended. Moreover, empowering pregnant women during epidemic diseases is essential.

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