BARRIERS TO NURSE-MIDWIFERY: Is the Enemy Us?

Authors

  • Raymond G. DeVries PhD

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    • Raymond G. DeVries is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He received his PhD from the University of California at Davis and has authored several articles related to alternative birth practices, bonding, and midwifery. Most recently he has published Regulating Birth: Midwives, Medicine and the Law (Temple University Press), a study of the influence of law on midwifery.


Dept. of Sociology, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara. CA 93108-1099.

ABSTRACT

Complete understanding of the problems besetting the profession of nurse-midwifery requires consideration of both internal and external barriers to success. A recent national survey report focused exclusively on external barriers, ignoring the potentially more difficult barriers coming from within the profession. These include uncertainty about professional identity and disagreement over strategies for promotion.

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