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'Even when you are afraid, you stay': Provision of maternity care during the Ebola virus epidemic: A qualitative study

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Jones, Susan, Sam, Betty, Bull, Florence, Pieh, Steven Bagie, Lambert, Jaki, Mgawadere, Florence ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3341-9118, Gopalakrishnan, Somla ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7833-5367, Ameh, Charles ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2341-7605 and van den Broek, Nynke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8523-2684 (2017) ''Even when you are afraid, you stay': Provision of maternity care during the Ebola virus epidemic: A qualitative study'. Midwifery, Vol 52, pp. 19-26.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE
to explore nurse-midwives understanding of their role in and ability to continue to provide routine and emergency maternity services during the time of the Ebola virus disease epidemic in Sierra Leone.

DESIGN
a hermenuetic phenomenological approach was used to discover the lived experiences of nurse-midwives through 66 face to face interviews. Following verbatim transcription, an iterative approach to data analysis was adopted using framework analysis to discover the essence of the lived experience.

SETTING
health facilities designated to provide maternity care across all 14 districts of Sierra Leone.

PARTICIPANTS
nurses, midwives, medical staff and managers providing maternal and newborn care during the Ebola epidemic in facilities designated to provide basic or emergency obstetric care.

FINDINGS
the healthcare system in Sierra Leone was ill prepared to cope with the epidemic. Fear of Ebola and mistrust kept women from accessing care at a health facility. Healthcare providers continued to provide maternity care because of professional duty, responsibility to the community and religious beliefs.

KEY CONCLUSIONS
nurse-midwives faced increased risks of catching Ebola compared to other health workers but continued to provide essential maternity care.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE
future preparedness plans must take into account the impact that epidemics have on the ability of the health system to continue to provide vital routine and emergency maternal and newborn health care. Healthcare providers need to have a stronger voice in health system rebuilding and planning and management to ensure that health service can continue to provide vital maternal and newborn care during epidemics.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Other Virus Diseases > WC 534 Viral hemorrhagic fevers
WQ Obstetrics > Childbirth. Prenatal Care > WQ 160 Midwifery
WQ Obstetrics > Childbirth. Prenatal Care > WQ 175 Prenatal care
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.05.009
Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 11:52
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/7787

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