The aim of the MiMO-study (midwifery model of woman-centred care) is to evaluate and assess the feasibility of a model of woman-centred care provided by midwives during childbirth in Swedish and Icelandic delivery wards.
The model has been developed based on many years of cooperation between Olof Asta Olafsdotter in Iceland, Marie Berg and Ingela Lundgren in Sweden. Using a hermeneutic approach the model was developed based on a synthesis of findings from 12 of own published qualitative studies about women´s and midwives´ experiences of childbirth. For validity testing, the model was assessed in focus group interviews with practicing midwives (Berg,Olafsdottir & Lundgren, 2012). The model includes five main themes. Three central intertwined themes are: a reciprocal relationship; a birthing atmosphere; and grounded knowledge. The remaining two themes, which likewise influence care, are the cultural context (with hindering and promoting norms); and the balancing act involved in facilitating woman-centred care.
A mixed method design will be used with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The study started in January 2015 at Sahlgrenska University hospital (SU), Gothenburg, Sweden and at the Reykjavik University hospital, Iceland, and will be carried out until April 2016. The intervention at SU is carried out in one of three labour wards, comprising for each midwife one educational day and six sessions of reflection in group
Berg, M Olafsdottir, OA. & Lundgren, I (2012). A Midwifery model of supportive care during pregnancy and childbirth in a Nordic context. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 3, 3 (2), June, 79–87