Supporting an ethnic minority woman's choice for pain relief in labour: a reflection

Fiona Hughes, Clare Hughes

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Abstract

Despite professional expectations for midwives to provide care to women that is founded in equality and recognises diversity (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2015), women from ethnic minority populations consistently suggest that they are not heard (Briscoe and Lavender, 2009; Tobin et al, 2014). This article reflects upon a situation where a Portuguese woman with limited English speaking ability was denied access to epidural anaesthesia as the midwife felt that she could not give valid consent to the procedure without the presence of an interpreter. The midwife’s role within this situation will be reflected upon and implications for midwifery practice identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 May 2016

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Keywords

  • ethnic groups; informed consent; midwifery; prenatal education

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