Experience and Expectation in Women-Midwife Partnership of Midwifery Care: A Systematic Review

Rizky Vaira, Dhesi Ari Astuti, Yekti Satriyandari


Universitas ‘Aisyiyah Yogyakarta



Background: Midwifery is a profession that is based upon a partnership between women and midwives aiming to promote health outcomes. Partnership is the philosophy of midwifery care. In developing countries, midwifery services often occur with violence and disrespect, especially during delivery. This study aimed to systematically review the experience and expectation in women-midwife partnership of midwifery care.

Subjects and Method: A systematic review was conducted by searching articles published from 2008 to 2018, from PubMed, Sciencedirect, and ProQuest databases. The articles were selected from developing and developed countries. The articles were collected based on PRISMA flow diagram.

Results: Ten from 858 articles were reviewed. The studies from developing countries reported that women and midwives had poor experience.  There were physical or verbal violence, no accompanying delivery, and unsupportive hospital facilities. The experience of women and midwives in developed country was good. There was a sense of concern from midwives and since pregnancy contributed to vaginal birth. Midwives and women had the hope that midwifery services could be provided to the fullest, high quality, showing mutual understanding, and respect for one another.

Conclusion: The condition of midwifery care in developing countries needs special attention. The importance of continuous care and midwives partnering with women can improve midwifery services.

Keywords: experience, expectation, midwives, women-centered care

Correspondence: Rizky Vaira. Universitas ‘Aisyiyah Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Email: vairarizky@gmail.com. Mobile: 081348454113.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the6thicph.03.34

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