Facilitating IDM for management of the third stage of labour

Research Project

Midwives’ experiences of facilitating informed decision-making for management of the third stage of labour: A qualitative study

About this project

The overarching aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of IDM in maternity care, by exploring midwife’s experiences of facilitating this practice for the management of the third stage of labour. The primary research questions are:

  • What are midwives’ experiences of facilitating informed decision-making for women in regard to the management of the third stage of labour?
  • What do midwives perceive as the barriers to facilitating IDM in this context?
  • What do midwives perceive as the enablers to facilitating IDM in this context?
  • What do midwives perceive could be done to improve the practice of IDM in this context?

This study will use a qualitative methodology called portraiture. Portraiture is an examination of voice and words, derived from in-depth conversations and interviews, used to develop a ‘portrait’ of the subject (Lawrence-Lightfoot, & Davis,1997). The role of the researcher in portraiture is to become the portraitist. This means that data is interpreted through the lens of the researcher’s own identity, history and context, thus resulting in a unique portrait which tells a story, exploring and highlighting both the complexities and subtleties that are unique to the subjective human experience. Interviews will be developed into individual case studies (portraits). Less descriptive and in-depth methodologies can only go so far, and may lack the nuanced examination that this study aims to achieve.

Research team