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Title:A Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives in Two Locations: The Freestanding Birth Center and the Hospital
Author(s):Wu, Maryalice Shao-Ping
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Swicegood, C. Gray
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Health Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Abstract:The analyses of the birth certificate data show that all medical procedures have a higher likelihood of being used in hospitals than in FSBCs. Despite these significant differences in the use of medical technology across work location, the insights garnered from the interviews imply that midwives have a common childbirth philosophy no matter what their work location and that the divergent practices in the hospital and the FSBC are therefore linked to the different work environments. The interviews also indicate that midwives share some common national/state and community social constraints; although there are also some unique challenges directly affecting the practice of midwifery in free standing birth centers versus hospital environments. For example, CNMs in hospitals may find it difficult to act as advocates for their clients because they work in an environment inundated by a medical approach to childbirth. However, midwives in FSBCs struggle to find and utilize backup services from physicians and hospitals.
Issue Date:2004
Description:268 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3160976
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2004

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