Patient acceptance of nurse-midwife in a private group practice.

H. B. Perry, D. D. Youngs, T. M. King

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Forty private obstetrical patients cared for by a group practice employing a nurse-midwife were interviewed. Half of the study group accepted the nurse-midwife for delivery. The other 20 were delivered by an obstetrician. Acceptance of prenatal care by the nurse-midwife was found to be favorable. Patients reported feeling more comfortable with the nurse-midwife and perceived her as more understanding, sympathetic and available to answer questions than the physicians. The initial encounter with the nurse-midwife differed significantly between those in the two delivery groups. Patients accepting the nurse-midwife for delivery were more likely to have first met her alone while those who chose to be delivered by an obstetrician-gynecologist were more likely to have been introduced to the nurse-midwife by the physician. The implications of this initial "imprinting experience" on the acceptance of the nurse-midwife for delivery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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