Title

“Doing magic with very little”: Barriers to Ghanaian midwives' ability to provide quality maternal and neonatal care

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Childbirth

Publisher

Springer Publishing Company Connect

RAS ID

32239

Comments

Ismaila, Y., Bayes, S., & Geraghty, S. (2019). “Doing magic with very little”: Barriers to Ghanaian midwives' ability to provide quality maternal and neonatal care. International Journal of Childbirth, 9(4), 211-224. https://doi.org/10.1891/IJCBIRTH-D-19-00028

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study identified barriers that affected Ghanaian midwives' ability to provide quality care to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality. DESIGN: Glaserian Grounded Theory was the framework of this study. Interviews were conducted with 33 participants from 10 facilities in seven districts in one region in southern Ghana. FINDINGS: Midwives are committed to do their best to provide quality care to women and newborns. Barriers to their care included a lack of resources of care, unsupportive facility management, and client related barriers. CONCLUSIONS: Measures to reduce barriers for midwives to provide quality care must improve health financing at a national and facility level; the encouragement of supportive supervision and management at a facility level; and actions to enhance midwife engagement with clients and communities.

DOI

10.1891/IJCBIRTH-D-19-00028

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