Australian midwives' experience of delivering a counselling intervention for women reporting a traumatic birth
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Objective: this paper describes midwives' experiences of learning new counselling skills and delivering a counselling intervention entitled ‘Promoting Resilience on Mothers Emotions’ (PRIME). Design: a descriptive exploratory approach was used. Data collected included semi-structured interviews (n=42), midwife diary entries (18 pages) and web based postings (169 pages). Data were analysed using manual thematic method. Setting: the intervention study was conducted in two tertiary maternity hospitals in the Australian states of Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) during a 17 month period, from August 2008 to December 2009. Participants: midwives were employed as research assistants and trained to deliver a counselling intervention to women reporting a traumatic birth experience. Eighteen of a possible 20 Australian midwives participated in this study. Intervention: PRIME is a midwife-led counselling intervention based on cognitive–behavioural principles and designed to ameliorate trauma symptoms. It is offered face-to-face within 72 hours of childbirth and by phone around six weeks post partum. Findings: participating midwives felt confronted by the level of emotional distress some women suffered as a consequence of their birth experience. Four major themes were extracted: The challenges of learning to change; Working with women in a different way; Making a difference to women and me; and A challenge not about to be overcome. Key conclusions and implications for practice: the advanced counselling skills the midwives acquired improved their confidence to care for women distressed by their birthing experience and to personally manage stressful situations they encountered in practice.
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