Calgary midwifery in changing times: how midwives and their clients define and manage their relationships
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AbstractThis thesis explores how midwives and their clients in the Calgary area understand midwife-attended birth as an alternative to a medicalized style of birthing. This study also investigates the notion of relationships of power and how, or if, these relationships are being challenged or affected by the regulation of midwifery in Calgary. It is based on 21 in-depth qualitative interviews with midwives, clients, and midwifery advocates. From these accounts, my findings indicate these women see midwifery style of birthing as a process that enables them to give birth in a manner which gives them control and power over their own reproductive lives. At the same time, my findings suggest that the regulation of midwifery has affected the relationship between the midwife and the client, and the birthing experience, in both positive and negative ways.
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