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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1976|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Reproductive Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology