Title

The F word: Midwifery students' understanding of feminism

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

British Journal of Midwifery

Publisher

MA Healthcare Ltd.

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

27645

Comments

Originally published as:

Originally published as: Davison, C., Geraghty, S., & Dobbs, K. (2018). The F word: Midwifery students' understanding of feminism. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(11), 731-737.

Original paper available here.

Abstract

Background

Not all midwives embrace the word feminism however, it could be argued that providing midwifery care is an expression of feminism's core values.

Aims

To describe and explain the views and knowledge of midwifery students on feminism and midwifery.

Methods

A qualitative descriptive approach, employing an anonymous online questionnaire was implemented and analysed using thematic and content analysis.

Findings

Eight themes were identified in this study that revealed midwifery student's views and knowledge on feminism and the impact it may have on midwifery clinical practice.

Conclusions

This study suggests midwifery students should receive adequate education regarding feminism. The advantages of midwifery students understanding feminism within the midwifery professional are undeniable and it is important that feminism is integrated into midwifery programmes.

DOI

10.12968/bjom.2018.26.11.731

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