The F word: Midwifery students' understanding of feminism

Clare Davison, Sadie Geraghty, Kirsten Dobbs

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Background: Not all midwives embrace the word feminism however, it could be argued that providing midwifery care is an expression of feminism's core values.

Aims: To describe and explain the views and knowledge of midwifery students on feminism and midwifery.

Methods: A qualitative descriptive approach, employing an anonymous online questionnaire was implemented and analysed using thematic and content analysis.

Findings: Eight themes were identified in this study that revealed midwifery student's views and knowledge on feminism and the impact it may have on midwifery clinical practice.

Conclusions: This study suggests midwifery students should receive adequate education regarding feminism. The advantages of midwifery students understanding feminism within the midwifery professional are undeniable and it is important that feminism is integrated into midwifery programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-737
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018


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