How Tanzanian Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians Develop Postpartum Relationships With Women

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa


Nurse-midwives and obstetricians are the primary postpartum health-care providers for mothers and babies in Tanzania. It is imperative that mothers and babies receive adequate information and support in order to save lives. Feminist poststructuralism and discourse analysis were used to conduct and analyze 13 semi-structured interviews from nurse-midwives and obstetricians at three clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Establishing friendly supportive relationships enabled nurse-midwives and obstetricians to work effectively with mothers postpartum. Participants explained the importance of including family members in postpartum care and about the strategies they used in a clinic environment that was not always supportive of including family. Effective relational maternity care focused on families during the postpartum period can facilitate the delivery of information and save lives.


International Journal of Childbirth